Following an initial round of taking action, groups inevitably pause to take breath. This next stage begins with the group reviewing what it has achieved, coming to see links between the range of issues addressed thus far, and identifying new areas to be tackled. The group then continues with more collective action, joining or establishing new campaigns. Members turn to their own group meetings for confirmation of the wider understanding they have reached and to consolidate their shared strength and conviction. By this time, they will have redefined their experience from one of personal inadequacy and self-blame to strength and determination, through the achievement of doing something about the external factors that have contributed to their oppression. By making these connections, they realize they have a right to a different style of services and to more control over their own lives.
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