Working together in partnership
Some of our best work has been achieved by working collaboratively and in partnership with other organisations both big and small. By working together we have been able to harness our joint and complementary expertise for the benefit of women and children experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence.
We are always keen to hear from organisations who might want to work with us. We believe that together we can do more. We are particularly keen to work with organisations who support women, children and young people from diverse cultural backgrounds, working intersectionally, across all protected characteristics; as well as organisations who work in housing, health, education and care sectors and those tackling exclusion and poverty.
Get in touch for further information.
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The Casa Project is a partnership within the London Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Consortium, coordinated by Solace, with specialist resettlement support provided by the following members of the London VAWG Consortium: Ashiana Network, EACH Counselling and Support, IKWRO Women’s Rights Organisation, Latin American Women’s Aid and The nia Project. This is in the form of visiting support to help women with practical tenancy sustainment, as well as ongoing support to cope, recover and move towards independence.
The referral and allocations process is supported by the Clearing House, run by St. Mungo’s.
The Casa Project, funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA), is a project providing move-on accommodation from refuges with support, to women who have experienced domestic abuse. This project enables women to move-on from refuges to high quality, self-contained accommodation with affordable rents, provided by registered landlords, for up to 2 years. Specialist resettlement support is provided throughout the tenancy and beyond, to longer-term secure accommodation.
How to refer
The Casa Project is open to survivors of domestic abuse across London who are living in a refuge who need resettlement accommodation with ongoing support to live independently. Refuges that wish to refer should be a member of Women’s Aid or Imkaan and have attended the Clearing House referrers training session. Please contact the Casa Project Coordinator via [email protected] or 020 7619 1350 for more information.
Funded by London Councils, Ascent is a partnership project that is part of the London Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Consortium, delivering a range of services to support women affected by domestic and/or sexual violence. Solace is lead partner, working with 14 organisations, on the Ascent Advice & Counselling partnership. This pan-London collaboration provides specialist counselling and advice services to women and girls affected by domestic/ sexual violence. Services include 1 to 1 counselling; 1-1 advice; group work, legal advice and training and No Recourse to Public Funds assistance. For more information about this project email AscentA&[email protected]
Ascent Advice and Counselling (A&C), funded by London Councils is a partnership led by Solace along with 13 specialist VAWG partners delivering services to women across London.. The services provided under this project include 1-1 counselling; bespoke group work, specialist advice, No Recourse Fund providing living expenses for those who are No Recourse to Public Funds; a London Family Law Line, Legal guides and training. This project is run by specialist organisations, led by and for women, many of whom are BME specialists. The Partnership operates a Hub and Spoke model with 2 advice hubs (East and West), a London Family Law Advice Line and advice spokes across all of London. Advice is provided by phone via the advice lines and via face to face casework for up to 12 weeks.
- Ascent Advice Plus, funded by MOPAC, enhances the Ascent Advice offer available across London by adding extra capacity to the advice service by:
- Increased capacity on the advice hubs (East and West), enabling timely access to initial advice and support;
- Additional advice caseworker posts to ensure each specialist partner has increased capacity to respond flexibly to the diverse needs of victims/survivors and to work with women for up to 26 weeks;
- Additional part-time legal advisor to expand Rights of Women London Family Law advice line’s capacity to provide advice around legal options;
- Inclusion of additional consultancy expertise to assist in meeting a broader range of diverse needs, including LBT, deaf and disabled women and women with learning disabilities.
- Extension of reach through the provision of accessibility funds for each partner for venue costs and interpreting across all London boroughs.
All services are available across the whole of London.
Commonweal Housing is a charity which works in partnership to tackle social inequalities and injustice through housing. Solace works in partnership with Commonweal to run the Amari Project and the Rhea Project. The Amari Project is 2nd stage accommodation with floating support for women sexually exploited through prostitution or trafficking. The Rhea Project is also delivered in partnership with Southwark Housing Solutions and offers high quality temporary accommodation with support to women made homeless due to domestic abuse or other forms of violence.
The WiSER Project works with women aged 16+ affected by Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) who find it difficult to access/engage with support and who are facing severe and multiple disadvantage.
Advocates use assertive outreach techniques and work with women in a trauma-informed way to enable them to access support, increase their self-esteem, reduce their risk and make safe choices.
The Project is a one year project, funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and is delivered in a partnership between Solace Women’s Aid, Fulfilling Lives Islington and Camden, NIA, Hopscotch and IMECE. Women at the Well provide expertise regarding prostitution and AVA leads on training and evaluation. The Project works across four London boroughs – Islington, Camden, Enfield and Haringey.
The Angelou partnership consists of 8 specialist organisations working to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls in the three borough area (Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham). This includes supporting survivors of incidents of sexual violence, FGM, forced marriage, honour based violence, domestic abuse, and work with younger women. The 8 organisations are Galop, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, Advance, African Women’s Care, Woman’s Trust, Al Hasaniya, Hestia, Solace Women’s Aid and Women and Girls Network.