Recovery Programmes

The Fortis Programme and the Polari Programme are 12 week recovery programmes developed for heterosexual male and LGBTQIA+ survivors. These programmes are written in a way that they can be delivered in a one to one format as well as a group setting.  Click on the Programme title below to find out more.

The Fortis Programme

The Fortis Programme is 12 week recovery programme for heterosexual men who have experienced domestic abuse. 

The name of the programme comes from the Latin meaning strong, powerful, mighty, vigorous, firm, steadfast, courageous, brave, bold.

The Polari Programme

The Polari Programme is a 12 week recovery programme for LGBTQIA+ people who have experienced domestic abuse. 

The name of the programme comes from a form of slang incorporating Italianate words, rhyming slang, and Romani, used originally as a kind of secret language in England  and adopted by some gay people in the 20th century.

Facilitator Training

Facilitator training is offered for both programmes on the dates provided below. It is recommended that at least two staff are trained in facilitation if delivering as a group work programme. 

Training includes a license (with no ongoing fees) to run the appropriate Programme, once the facilitator course has been successfully completed.

This 2 day training course will provide delegates with comprehensive manuals which includes guidance for facilitators, weekly session plans, all handout and materials to run the programme. 

The aims of the training is as follows;

  • Understand specific needs of the client group  through a day's focused training 

  • To have an awareness of the principles and practices of trauma informed recovery work

  • To understand group dynamics and how to successfully facilitate of groups

  • To provide professionals with the tools and resources to facilitate group work for adults who have experienced domestic abuse

  • For professionals to be familiar with the underpinning principles of the  Programmes

  • For professionals to be able to use the provided Manual to support Programme participants

Cost: £650 per person (discount offered for 2+ places)

To express an interest in the training please complete the following form here 

Facilitator Training Testimonials

'Luke brings his passion, expertise and experience in his facilitation leaving you feeling motivated and supported to bring this tool to your clients. Couldn't recommend this course enough. It feels like something we've all been waiting for!' 

'Luke is an engaging, heart felt, knowledgable facilitator and working with him has given me confidence to support a more diverse demographic in domestic abuse recovery. The group was safely held providing a strong foundation for members to discuss and share thoughts, ideas and challenges.'

'I am just so happy that someone has realised there is a need for an LGBTQ+ course for survivors and has actually put one together and I feel very lucky to have been able to do the 2 day training, as a queer person, for queer people. Thank you!'

'Luke is a very personable, knowledgeable and experienced trainer. I would welcome any opportunity to participate in any of his trainings! This is a very exciting project that I'm happy to be part of.'

Upcoming facilitator training dates

Please contact for further information

To express an interest in the training please complete the following form here


Course and Location

18th and 19th June 2024

 The Fortis Programme Facilitator Training- Online

 24th and 25th June 2024

 The Polari Programme Facilitator Training- Online

18th and 19th November 2024

The Fortis Programme Facilitator Training- Online

21st and 22nd November 2024

The Polari Programme Facilitator Training- Online