The Athena Project

The Athena Project

Housing and Homelessness

Introduction to Service

The Athena Project is a therapeutic community for women in challenging circumstances at different points of transition. It provides 24-hour recovery focused accommodation for women experiencing homelessness who may be sleeping rough, leaving custody or be experiencing homelessness in hospital or in unsupported hostel type accommodation. These women typically may have a diverse range of presenting needs, symptomatic of domestic abuse, sexual exploitation, poor mental health and at risk of self-harm.

The project is for this group of marginalised women who need a safe place to stay with services specifically tailored to the individual’s needs, working intensively with them over a 90-day recovery journey.

Our aim is to be as inclusive as possible, particularly to women who cannot access mainstream refuge and supported accommodation because of additional support needs.

Key Information

We offer:

  • Eight self-contained modern apartments over two floors
  • One-to-one support and therapeutic interventions including counselling, CBT and DBT
  • Group work focusing on life skills such as money management
  • Support to find move on accommodation

How to access

This service is open to women across the North East.

To make a referral please contact Danielle Meir, project lead, on or Tel: 07812666245

How to contact

For general enquires please contact Danielle Meir, project lead, using the details below.

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The Athena Project is available to women across the North East.

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