Changing Lives’ outreach project in Doncaster was awarded runner-up in this year’s Howard League for Penal Reform Community Awards.

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Our team in Doncaster Women’s Centre were thrilled to pick up the runner-up award in the Women category at the Howard League Community Awards 2016

The Amber Project, which is an outreach service supporting men and women involved in sex work, were nominated in the Women category by South Yorkshire police.

Debbie McKinney, project manager at Changing Lives’ Doncaster Women’s Centre, said:

“We are over the moon to have been voted as runner-up in the Women category at this year’s Howard League awards. It’s great recognition of the partnership work happening here in Doncaster, and what can be achieved collaboratively.
“We work with women from the most deprived wards for whom the best that Doncaster has to offer is out of reach. To be able to offer support to those facing social exclusion and help them make positive, lasting changes to their lives is hugely rewarding.

“We would like to thank South Yorkshire Police for their support of the Amber project, and for nominating us for the award.”

The Amber Project works with survival sex workers in Doncaster both on street and off. It provides support to the women and men involved via both an outreach service twice weekly at night in the main area affected and through support within the daytime to work individually with the workers to enable them to attend services for support. The project is run in tandem with Doncaster City Council and has been supporting sex workers for 2 years.

Since the project was set up Changing Lives have helped a total of 19 women leave prostitution for good.

Congratulations to The Good Loaf CIC for winning the category, and to all of the other nominees.