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St Helens Best Me

Sharing lived experience


St Helens Best Me runs transformational coaching and training in person and online around domestic abuse, healthy relationships, and trauma. We provide a range of self-help groups, training, one-to-one and group coaching in a safe space, working with both individuals and organisations. Alongside the work we do supporting women and men living with domestic abuse, we help raise awareness and create more trauma-informed services and organisation


With more than 25 years of lived experience, we help increase awareness and influence policy.  We help others understand what to do if they spot domestic abuse. Founder Shana Begum contributes to national organisations, and has won awards for her grassroots work in the community, raising awareness around domestic abuse, helping others free themselves from abuse and those who perpetrate domestic abuse. St Helens Best Me has delivered training to nearly 800 people, across the UK and overseas in Bangladesh, India and parts of Africa (Jan 2020 - Feb 2021)


We work with individuals, community groups, local authorities and NGOs. For more information on the ‘Best Me’ programme, please contact us at

Our Clients Words

"Shana is a remarkable, courageous positive role model to all"

"As a woman who lived at the more extreme marginalised ends of domestic abuse, Shana knows how important practice being grounded in the outcomes for survivors and their children are. This means acknowledging the ways they thrive and protect their children even in the most horrific abuse, this was shared and we are changing how we view victims of Domestic abuse and trauma"


"My children attended the Empowering Children programme and loved it. It really helped them get back to school when school reopened"


"My child learnt about emotions and better ways to manage them when he gets angry. It really helped our wider family. Sophie and Zeena were great and my child can’t wait to attend more sessions"

"Shana really helped me tap into my own confidence and now I have set up my own community group for people who have experienced similar childhood abuse like me"

"The consultant was professional and delivered the presentation in a way that was easy to digest, very powerful. Thank you"

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