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The Hear2Change project works with young people in schools and community with the aim of changing attitudes to Violence Against Women and Girls. The project provides support to young people through workshops, assemblies and one-to-one advocacy work for those who have experienced or are at risk of, violence and abuse.

Hear2Change is is 12 weeks group programme looking at root causes and strains of VAWG; young people participating can gain AQA Level 1 and Level 2 Awards. We provide individual advocacy support to young people impacted by any type of abuse, teachers training to support their understanding of trauma and how to spot the signs of abuse, as well as supporting parents and assemblies through peer to peer campaigning. 

Westminister 

We are a women-only service, offering holistic, intensive, trauma-informed support in line with Housing First principles, and support is separate to the offer of housing. Housing First in Westminster is provided via a partnership with housing associations who typically offer 1 bedroom flats dispersed across London, service users can submit preferences for location/floor level etc according to their needs. Tenancies are assured shorthold tenancies and are usually offered for a probationary period of 1 year, then can be transferred to long-term or permanent tenancies.

Housing First Project workers support service users in accessing furniture, setting up bills and rent payments, maximising income, accessing local services and re-integrating with the community. As we are Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) professionals, we also offer services similar to Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVA services) such as referrals for orders, sanctuary schemes, risk assessments and safety planning etc. Keyworkers visit at least once a week (Covid restrictions permitting) and have a small caseload so can offer fairly flexible support, however, all flats are general needs so not suitable to anyone who would not be able to cope in independent accommodation.

Referral criteria: affected by VAWG, homelessness/vulnerably housed, and experience of multiple disadvantage, including being affected by substance misuse, physical or mental health issues, contact with criminal justice system and having children removed from care.

Due to the long-term nature of the support that we offer, vacancies come up infrequently so please check capacity before submitting a referral.

Housing First Westminster Leaflet 

Islington

We offer holistic, intensive, trauma-informed support to women experiencing multiple disadvantage, VAWG and (street) homelessness. We only provide services to women; and support with improving safety, accessing long-term secure accommodation, access to legal services, finances and welfare benefits, emotional support, and practical support in accessing drug and alcohol services, mental and physical health services and re-integrating into the community. 

Referral criteria is that women must have an experience of VAWG and multiple disadvantage, including having unstable or unsafe accommodation.

Due to the long-term nature of the support that we offer, vacancies come up infrequently so please check capacity before submitting a referral.

Housing First Islington Leaflet 

Housing Justice is a Christian charity working to address homelessness and housing need. They run a London Hosting project where destitute asylum seekers are hosted by people with a spare room. They support Winter Night Shelters across the UK.

Migrant Support provides support to people affected by displacement and exploitation. They provide accommodation and financial support to those seeking asylum, support with resettlement of refugees, and advice and support around the EU Settlement Scheme.

Refugees at Home is a UK charity which connects those with a spare room in their home to refugees and asylum seekers in need of somewhere to stay.

The Project is a partnership between Solace Women’s Aid, Southwark Council and Commonweal Housing, providing support in temporary accommodation to women and their children who have experienced homelessness as a result of domestic abuse (or other forms of violence against women and girls(VAWG) ). There are 8 self-contained family sized units located in Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich.

Eligibility Criteria

Solace will accept an applicant into the project who meets the following criteria: 

  • They are women over 18 years with children who have fled Violence Against Women Girls (VAWG) and are homeless because of VAWG
  • They have low-medium support needs
  • The vacant property is suitable for their needs
  •  They are willing to engage with support and will sign an agreement to this affect
  • They will adhere to all terms in the Service User Agreement

 

Advocacy 

Barnet SASS provides practical and emotional support to anyone aged 16+ who resides in the Borough of Barnet and experiencing domestic abuse, honour based violence and forced marriage. 

  • Consent based service the only exception is if the client was referred to service through the MARAC. Barnet SASS is a core Domestic Violence service in the Borough; we are also offering support to the survivors who have been referred to MARAC.
  • Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) are co-located at different partner agency services; Colindale police station (3day per week), MH Service (4 days per week)and Adult/Children’s MASH (4 days per week).  Everyone is working from home.
  • We are working with all level of risk usually up to 3 months.
  • We are working with all genders.
  • We are also delivering the ARISE Course twice per year.
  • We are also one of the lead DV agency for the One-Stop Shop which is an advice surgery provided by some agencies including,  housing, anti-social behaviour officer from the Barnet Homes, family solicitors, and cybercare,

IRIS

IRIS Advocate is only accepting IRIS trained GPs, providing longer-term support. We are only working with standard to medium cases. 

We only accept referrals from Greenfield Medical Practice, Vale Drive Medical, The Old Courthouse, Langstone Way, Heathfielde Medical Centre, Wentworth Medical, Lichfield Grove, St Andrews Medical, St Georges Medical Practice, Millway Medical, Jai, Watling, Penhurst, Wakeman, East Barnet Health Care, Woodland Medical, Parkview Medical, Dr Azim and Partners, Supreme Medical Centre, Everglade Medical Centre, The Speedwell Practice, Temple Fortune, Oakleigh Road Health Centre, Freirn Barnet Medical Centre, Longrove Surgery, Village Surgery, Lane End Medical Centre, Brunswick Park, Hendon Way.

Barnet Service Leaflet 

Advocacy 

At Bexley we offer 1:1 advocacy, support and safety planning for medium to high risk service users. We support regardless of sexuality or gender and can take referrals internally, externally and in person. 

Groups

We currently run  Arise and ABC Programmes for women and also during COVID-19 have been running meditation virtually. We also held coffee mornings prior to the pandemic and hope to continue these in the future.

BAMER Worker 

We are currently working in partnership with IKWRO to provide support to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women 18+ experiencing Domestic Abuse (DA) and living in Bexley.

This worker is able to support service users that are medium and high risk and referrals are accepted through our duty line/inbox and then referred onto IKWRO with Service User consent.

Specialist Advocate

We have also secured funding for a year to provide a Specialist advocate, this worker will be providing support to women who have experienced violence against women and girls (VAWG) and are also experiencing multiple disadvantage including, but not limited to, mental health issues, substance use, offending behaviour, homelessness or engaging in prostitution. 

Bexley Leaflet 

Advocacy 

The advocacy service accepts referrals from professionals, MARAC and we also encourage self-referrals to our duty helpline.

ISVA

ISVAs are Independent Sexual Violence Advocates who are specialist advocates with specific knowledge around the Criminal Justice system (CJS) as it relates to rape and other sexual offences.

IRIS 

IRIS Advocate Educators work directly with GP surgeries providing training and a consultation service. The aim of the service is to improve safety through the minimisation of the risks. The advocate educators provide emotional and practical support to referrals which include, completing risk assessments, safety plans, signposting, safeguarding referrals where appropriate and additional support where required.

To be eligible for the service you must identify as female and be registered with an IRIS trained GP surgery within the London Borough of Enfield.

IDVA (Housing Support) 

We have four IDVA’s, with one based at the ASB team in Enfield Council, who works primarily with permanent council tenants. IDVA’s accept cases that score 10 and above on the dash risk assessment. Cases that have been assessed as medium risk will be referred to our floating support worker where possible or to a specialised domestic abuse service in the community with the survivor’s consent.

Change in Challenge 

The Change and Challenge team are part of Enfield Councils Early Help Team. We work with families to find solutions to concerns they are having and focus on preventing them from becoming more difficult to manage.

The family must meet at least 2 of the following criteria’s: 

  • child/children are regularly missing or excluded from school 
  • child/children have potential gang affiliation 
  • Support for families suffering domestic violence 
  • Young people who are receiving support from Enfield Council’s Youth Offending Unit 
  • Adult family members are out of work and need help finding a job 
  • Support for family members with a range of health needs 

We aim to improve children’s behaviour and school achievement, support adult members of the family in take steps towards getting a job, training opportunity or accredited qualification. They may also benefit from improvements to their health and family relationships. 

Professionals/agencies need to submit all referrals for Early Help through the Children’s Portal.  www.enfield.gov.uk/childrenportal

Children's Centre 

The Solace Children’s Centre support service provides free and confidential practical and emotional support and advocacy for families affected by Domestic and Sexual Abuse/Violence who have at least one child under the age of 5 years; including those who are receiving support and intervention from Enfield Children’s Social Care. The aim of the service is to support and empower families to take the steps needed to deal with any immediate risks and to be able to make safe choices in the future.

Professionals/agencies need to submit all referrals for Early Help through the Children’s Portal where it will be triaged and allocated to the service best placed to provide the support required: www.enfield.gov.uk/childrensportal

Floating Support 

Enfield Floating Support Service provides free and confidential advice, support and advocacy to women and girls over the age of 16 affected by domestic and sexual violence. We offer short to medium term support with a range of needs such as legal options, housing, benefits, financial issues, and emotional support.

Floating Support

Haringey Floating Support Service provides free and confidential advice, support and advocacy to women and girls over the age of 16 affected by domestic and sexual violence, of standard to medium risk. Our team offers short to medium term support to increase safety. We will support with a range of needs:

  • Assess your risk level
  • Develop a safety plan to address immediate safety which include practical steps to protect you and your children.
  • Develop a support plan to identify your support needs
  • Provide advice and support
  • Advocate on your behalf

Referral process

Service users can either refer themselves by calling 020 8885 3557 or emailing [email protected]

A referral can also be made by a professional, please email [email protected], however, this needs to be done with the service user’s full consent.

Haringey Service Leaflet

Employment Programme

The project works with a range of women survivors of domestic abuse, supporting them through work readiness, training and employment. The programme will be flexible, allowing women to pause and re-join as their situation changes.

We support a range of women including women with no recourse to public funds, to get into a position that they can work. The project also encourages women who are currently in receipt of benefits to access the programme.

  • Assess your risk level
  • Develop a safety and support plan to address immediate safety and to identify your needs to support you into work
  • Provide advice and support
  •  Advocate on your behalf
  • Individual tailored workshops
  • Offer needs led peer support

Referral process

Service users can refer themselves to the employment programme by calling 02038745013 or emailing [email protected]

A referral can also be made by a professional to [email protected], however, this needs to be done with the service user’s full consent.

Haringey Employment Programme Leaflet

Women’s Resilience Awareness Project (WRAP)

We offer a range of wellbeing group work sessions. These include our: 

  • 6-week ARISE workshop, this is a domestic abuse awareness programme for survivors of domestic abuse, to empower and support women, to understand what has happened to them and be able to move forward.
  • 3- week Picking up the Pieces workshop which is a parenting programme that looks at the impact of domestic abuse on children and how to support them from moving forward after exposure to domestic abuse. 
  • 3-week Wellbeing workshop to improve wellbeing, through mindfulness and moving forward after experiencing abuse.
  • Women's Voices is a fortnightly drop-in session, this is service user led and a safe space for women to meet each other. The group is available to women who are or have been supported through one of our Solace Haringey Services (we do not accept external referrals). 

All participants for groups must be 16+ and live in Haringey. 

A referral can also be made by a professional to [email protected], however, this needs to be done with the service user’s full consent.'

WRAP Haringey leaflet