Our online Ask Me course is made up of 7 modules and is a mix of independent self-study materials for you to look at in your own time and Zoom workshops.
For each module, you will be sent a PDF with information to read, watch and listen to and activities to complete before attending a Zoom workshop with other learners that builds on what you have just learned.
For an example of what one of our self-study PDFs looks like click here.
Online learning is new to many of us and we may have questions about whether it will work for us. Follow the drop down menu below for more information or if your question isn’t answered, please contact us at [email protected]
Each Zoom workshop takes 1.5hours and we estimate the self study PDF will take most people up to 1.5 hours to complete for each module. We’ve based this on a reading speed of 100wpm although how long it takes will depend on your own reading speed, how long you choose to spend on the activities and the number of optional resources you choose to look at.
The Zoom workshops build on what is covered in the self-study so you will need to be able to complete this work before attending the workshop.
The course is designed to be completed in order so you will need to complete earlier modules before moving on and you will not normally be considered to have completed a module without doing both the workshop and self study.
We ask that where possible, you only register for a course if you are confident you will be able to attend all of the scheduled Zoom workshops.
We appreciate things can come up unexpectedly. Where this happens we will be as flexible as we can and if we are able to offer you an alternative workshop time, we will do so. Sometimes this may not be possible and the co-ordinator will then discuss with you what your options are.
Access to the ongoing support (facebook groups, peer support, meet ups, newsletters) will depend on successful completion of the course.
A suitable device – You will need access to device that can open PDFs, open emails, run Zoom and use a camera and microphone so that you can be seen and heard. This could be a mobile, tablet, laptop or PC.
An internet connection – You will need an internet connection that is able to manage video conferencing software like Zoom. If you are planning to use mobile data in a poor reception area, be located far away from a WiFi router or know that your internet can be temperamental, you may wish to check this ahead of time.
Privacy – You will need a quiet, private space for the Zoom workshops. For your privacy and the privacy of other attendees we ask that you make sure the conversation cannot be overheard by others in your home as best you can e.g. using headphones or going to a quiet room. Please note, the course is for over 18s so we ask that children are not present for the Zoom workshops as you may not feel all conversations are appropriate for them to hear.
Whilst we’ve tried to use as many videos and audio recordings as we can, this course may be difficult for those who are not confident in reading English. We hope to be able to offer a low or no reading option in the future but in the interim, some people may prefer to wait for a suitable face to face course.
To judge the level of reading needed you could look at one of our self-study modules here as a guide.
Whilst we can provide some basic technology support, the course will require that you are able to open emails and PDFs, use an internet browser and follow links to videos and articles and attend a Zoom workshop using a microphone and camera.
If there is enough interest, we can run a “check the tech” Zoom session before the course so that people can get a feel for Zoom and practice basic functions before the course.
Absolutely! Anyone can participate in the Ask Me scheme whether they are a survivor or not and many participants are survivors themselves. However there are some things you may want to consider before proceeding.
If you are currently experiencing abuse you may wish to think about whether it is safe for you to do the course now. For example, if you live with someone who is abusing you, or that person might find out, would this put you at risk? If you’re unsure, please get in touch with us before registering. If you are currently experiencing abuse, please know that help and support is available through our 24 hours Live Fear Free helpline.
Even if your abuse is historic and you are safe now, you might want to consider how you might feel on a course discussing abuse. Whilst we have done everything we can to make the course as safe and supportive as possible, the course is not a therapeutic or support course and for some people, it may not be the right time for them to participate.
Please be mindful that Ask Me is a community based initiative and aims to help us identify what we can do as community members to help end abuse, rather than informing our job role.
You are of course welcome to use what you’ve learned in your workplace or career as appropriate. However Ask Me is not intended to give you the skills to hold any particular job role, is not intended as an endorsement or demonstration of competency to employers and does not replace or supercede any workplace training that you may be required to attend as part of your role.
To maintain the community focus and to ensure a diversity of voices in the room, we will normally limit any individual organisation to 2 places per course and ask that those attending have an interest in activism in their communities to help end violence against women and girls.
(Please note – There is a similarly named scheme called “ask and act” for public sector workers which is wholly separate and more information about that scheme can be found here.)
For any other questions about Ask Me online, or if you’d like to discuss any of the above further, please email us at [email protected]