Our Amber project, which is an outreach service working with people involved in sex work in Doncaster, has been shortlisted for the Howard Trust for Penal Reform Community Awards after being nominated by South Yorkshire Police.
The Amber Project has helped people working in the town’s sex trade for the last two years, and is run in partnership with Doncaster Council.
Every week, a dedicated team patrol the streets in the area of Doncaster known for sex work, providing support to vulnerable women.
Our support includes dishing out sandwiches and hot chocolate, giving out condoms and rape alarms and arranging appointments for services such as counselling.
Our team in Doncaster, who operate from our women’s centre on Cleveland Street in the town centre, said:
“We are very excited to have been shortlisted for this award, recognising the hard work of all those involved in the Amber project and the impact they have on women’s lives across Doncaster.
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.”
Since the Since the project started, we have provided ‘trauma-informed ‘support to 164 women engaged in on-street survival sex work, and helped almost 20 women safely exit sex work completely.
“The Amber project not only supports women directly involved in sex work, but also works to benefit the community as a whole.”
Doncaster’s director of public health, Dr. Rupert Suckling said:
“It is great to see the Amber Project nominated for such a prestigious national award.
We have supported the programme along with the Police and Crime Commissioner, and this nomination is recognition of the fantastic work of all the staff from the range of partner agencies that have been involved.”
The Awards are set to be held in London at the end of November. Wish us luck!