Yasmin lived in the North of England. As she grew up she challenged her family’s expectations of her. Her choices and behaviour led to her being imprisoned and beaten. Why? Because by pursuing her own hopes and dreams she shamed her family and their honour was at stake.
She had to flee the violent attacks and imprisonment in the family home and moved to the South. For a long time she had very few friends and little support. Had her own desires been worth the sacrifice? She asked that question more than once but kept on persevering, and now helps many facing a similar situation.
Yasmin had nobody – but New Family Connections has been born out of such a story. All around the UK there are women and men who seek their own life and passions but are prevented mostly through threats and violence by those who are meant to care for them and love them.
New Family Connections can provide a home either short or long term – a safe place.
New Family Connections is committed to family, hence the name!
We don’t have houses or refuges but families or a community of friends up and down the country, who are suitable, prepared and trained to look after people like Yasmin.
We believe that the appropriate family or a community of friends can provide an ideal environment where someone such as Yasmin can thrive. Our selected hosts throughout England and Wales are ready and trained to look after people like her. They are able to provide fellowship, nurturing and encouragement. However, family life has its ups and downs, so it’s vital the hosts have a network around them, in the local community who could offer support and help to their guest. A case worker is allocated in order to assist where necessary to ensure that the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of each guest are met. They also work alongside statutory authorities and other agencies as appropriate.
We accept referrals from professionals and partner organisations. We trust that a person placed in our care will feel secure, and grow in their new environment until they are ready and able to move on to establish a new life.
As family we can share in ‘offering new beginnings for those seeking freedom from fear’.