Our programmes are tailored to meet the needs of women and girls at risk either through vulnerability or specific challenges, including:
- Sex work, survival sex and sexual exploitation;
- Involvement in the Criminal Justice System;
- Domestic abuse and violence
- Sexual violence and abuse
- Homelessness, substance dependency and parenting.
We welcome all women and girls, regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or background. We are committed to ensure that any women and girls who wish to use our services are greeted by staff who will all demonstrate an understanding of trauma, are unconditionally accepted and valued for all their strengths and diversity.
Women in the Criminal Justice System
- We co-ordinate women-only community hubs in Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, North Tyneside and Northumberland, commissioned by the Northumbria CRC and in partnership with specialist providers including Whist and Tyneside Women’s Health.
- We provide a Resettlement Service for women in HMP Low Newton to be released to the Northumbria Area.
Yorkshire and Humber:
- We co-ordinate women’s community hubs providing holistic support in women only environments as an alternative to Probation Offices,on behalf of South Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC).
- We provide a range of services are available for women under the 9 resettlement pathways, linking in with other specialist providers to ensure provision of a one stop shop within each of the areas.
- On behalf of Advanced Personnel Management (APM) for CFO3, we offer tailored support for women with multiple and complex needs on a one-to-one and group work basis; access to specialist partners and volunteering opportunities; and accredited qualifications aimed at improving personal and social development.
- We offer tailored support to vulnerable women whilst on license within custody or within the community across the Derby, Nottingham, Leicester and Rutland area.
- We work with women aged 18 or over who have two years or less left to serve on their license, providing 1-2-1 support and group self-development courses
- We work closely with multiple organisations to deliver a range of support that maybe required, including: housing support, financial support, drug and alcohol misuse and mental health. We can also support women to access education or employment
Women experiencing homelessness
- We have a direct access accommodation project in Newcastle that can accommodate up to 11 women in safe, single room accommodation. We offer 24-hour support to vulnerable women including those fleeing domestic violence, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation.
- Also in Newcastle, we have a semi-independent accommodation project that can accommodate up to 6 women working towards independent living.
Women with experience of sex work, survival sex and sexual exploitation
Our GAP Project operates across the North East, supporting women across Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, Durham and Darlington, and is a member of the National Ugly Mugs scheme. Our unique model has been co-created with women who have contributed to peer research (read the most recent report here).
GAP also provides services to those involved escorting. For those who want to stay involved in sex work, we offer harm reduction interventions and safeguarding strategies. The GAP project can help by:
- Providing intensive 1-2-1 support through assertive outreach , as well as group work in weekly drop-ins
- Offering a 26-week DBT programme to address underlying issues around sexual exploitation, trauma, managing emotions, and safety
- Encouraging community integration – ensuring women have social networks and access existing community resources to develop a pro-social identity; focus on education, training and employment including opportunities for volunteering
- Offering an in-reach service at HMP Low Newton
- Advising women about their sexual health needs
- Working with Northumbria Police to develop Dedicated Liaison Officers and provide a multi-agency safeguarding hub
- Delivering multi-agency training for professionals from Statutory, Voluntary and Private sectors.
In Doncaster, our Amber project supports women and men with experience of sex work, survival sex, and sexual exploitation. Operating from an outreach service, the Amber project is in partnership with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. The Amber team work holistically to meet the needs of women, offering:
- 1-2-1 support
- Sexual health advice
- Drugs and alcohol support
- Assertive outreach
- Volunteering and peer support opportunities
- Referring and accompanying women to treatment and/or recovery services and continue to support them to sustain involvement with these services
In Wolverhampton and Walsall, our Iris project offers one-to-one support to women, offering a tailored support package based on their individual needs. Iris is funded by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner and the team offer a drop-in service as well as outreach throughout the weekend and evenings.
Women escaping domestic violence and abuse
We provide the Newcastle Integrated Domestic Abuse Service (NIDAS) in partnership with Thirteen Care and Support. NIDAS offers safe accommodation for survivors of domestic violence and abuse in a newly built refuge. Our IDVA and ISVA Teams are co-located from this accommodation also, and offer outreach support in the local community. NIDAS also provides:
- A Specialist Health Advocate
- Adolescent to Parent Violence development project
In Halton, we provide safe accommodation for adults and children fleeing domestic abuse within our refuge. We also provide a community based Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy (IDVA) service 7 days a week to work with people aged 16 and above on an outreach basis. Our Halton refuge offers:
- Safe, self – contained family accommodation for people who are no longer safe in their own homes
- Short term resettlement service to support people to live happy and independent lives in their own communities
- Sanctuary scheme to help make practical changes to ensure people are safe in their own homes – for example, lock changes
- Help with choices of legal options and support through the court system
- Joint working with other agencies such as Housing, Crown Prosecution Service, Police and solicitors on behalf of our clients
- Gateway Training, a bespoke domestic abuse programme to help clients understand the impact of domestic abuse on themselves and their children
- Safety planning for victims and their families
In Blackburn with Darwen, we provide outreach support and group programmes for survivors of domestic abuse, as well as having an IDVA co-located within a multi-agency Safeguarding Hub for women with children. We offer specialist support for women with multiple and complex needs, women in employment, and for women from BAME communities. Our commissioned IDVA service works with survivors irrespective of risk, and can provide:
- A recovery from domestic abuse group programme
- Specialist support for women presenting at hospital
- Multi-agency training to statutory and voluntary sector partners
- Educational work for all primary and secondary school children
- Partnership with WISH specialist domestic abuse service to deliver perpetrator programme.
Children and Families
Our accommodation project Ridley Villas supports families across Gateshead and Newcastle, supporting women who are in recovery from substance misuse and their children. Ridley Villas aims to provide a safe and therapeutic space for families. We take a whole-family approach to the work that we do and ensure that we work closely with all other professionals involved with a family. We use a three-stage model of support for the women and children that we help:
- Reaching out and Engagement
Prior to a family moving into Ridley Villas we will arrange to meet up with them at a place that they feel safe. This is to start to develop a healthy and trusting relationship between the family and staff. We have a consistent, reliable and empathic approach to the way we work.
- Recovery and Resilience
This is where we start to look at and acknowledge past abuse, relationships and other factors which impact on the woman’s mental
health. We work closely with other agencies to support women and children access more therapeutic group work such as DBT, Freedom Programme, and DARE. At Ridley Villas, we run a therapeutic “mums-to be” recovery group and a “baby group” for both parent and child to attend to ensure that we can observe and promote positive attachments and relationships.
- Community Integration
This stage is tailored to the individual as we understand that everyone has different motivations for wanting to change their life. We actively encourage families to access recovery groups and also baby groups within the community. The team are able to support families to attend these groups however ultimately we are trying to create an independence where women feel confident accessing them when we are no longer involved.
Our Knowsley Family project is a level 2 service that works with families right across the Borough of Knowsley. The project works holistically and is person centred. The staff offer a non-judgemental approach, which enables trust to be built up and helps supporting families to take positive steps to healthy fulfilling lives. The Knowsley Family project can help by:
- Improving resilience in families
- Coaching for employability
- Helping to Improving School attendance
- Offering coping mechanisms with day to day situations
- Providing links to external support services were identified
- Holding confidence and assertion courses.