If you have committed a crime, Advance provides all the help you need to move on at our women-only Minerva Centre. Our staff are here to listen and help you get the support you need to move forward with your life and make choices that are right for you.
At our Minerva Centre each woman has their own keyworker who will help them work through a variety of issues and find solutions.
Advice for Renters support people living in private rented accommodation to access legal advice and holistic, person-centred support.
Albert Kennedy Trust supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16 - 25 facing housing difficulties. They help LGBTQ+ young people find safe homes and can support with things like employment, education and training, in an environment that celebrates LGBTQ+ identities.
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
Ascent Advice and Counselling
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.
Cambridge Hpuse have a safer renting programme designed to protect tenants who are victimised by criminal landlords by providing specialist advice, advocacy and support.
Safer Renting’s are to:
Prevent homelessness, particularly by intervening in illegal evictions.
Support private renters to negotiate better conditions in their homes.
Enable private renters to leave a criminal landlord on their own terms, with compensation whenever possible.
Inform government policy and best practice by analysing and communicating how criminal landlords are exploiting the London housing crisis at the expense of tenants.
Camden Federation of Private Tenants (CFPT) is funded by the local authority to provide a voice for private tenants in the London Borough of Camden. Run by and for private tenants, we were set up in 1980 as a mutual support group to help this group of residents come together to organise and campaign for their rights and improve their housing conditions.
We support Black and minoritised young women. This includes those from ethnic minority groups, LGBT+ and disabled young women. We can support if you are:
- You are aged 12-24
- You live, work or study in London Borough
- You are worried about or have experienced violence, abuse or exploitation
- You are experiencing trauma or emotional distress
Our Multi Disadvantage Advocate service is a Pan London Service providing support for minoritised young women and girls aged 14-24, living in London and who have experienced any type of VAWG and developed multiple disadvantage (including but not limited to mental health, sexual and reproductive health and well being, social functioning, life skills, housing and immigration). We provide advocacy by conducting risk and needs assessment while devising a tailored support plan to meet the needs of the young person and signpost where appropriate.
Our Counselling service provides emotional support for young people, aged 14-24 who experienced domestic violence directly or indirectly. We are providing a safe space where they can speak freely and confidentially to process feelings and their experiences, work through fears and hopefully gain some perspective of what healthy relationships look like.
Ealing Advice Service (EAS) provides generalist advice for residents of the London Borough of Ealing.
Our service provides free, high quality advice and assistance in social welfare law across a range of areas including welfare benefits, landlord & tenant, homelessness, debt, employment, family and immigration.
We also run a telephone advice line where our volunteers are able to give you preliminary advice and signpost you to organisations which will be better equipped to deal with any problems you have.
Volunteer advisers are available to give preliminary advice on a range of issues.
Our number is 0208 579 8429, (option 1) or 03000 125464. Our advice line is open from 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday to Friday with the exception of Bank Holidays and the period between Christmas day and New Year’s day.
We can also provide specialist assistance to court or tribunal level in welfare benefits, employment, and housing matters.
East London Rape Crisis provides free, confidential specialist help for women and girls who have been raped or experienced any other form of sexual violence. The services are for women of all ages including young women over the age of 14, whatever the assault and whenever it occurred. The women who work and volunteer at Rape Crisis London will offer you confidential and independent support.
Services include emotional and practical support, advocacy through working with an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA), one-to-one counselling and group work.
Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) is a national charity that aims to help older people make informed choices about meeting their housing and care needs.
They run a Support Line providing information and advice around housing, care, statutory services, welfare benefits, and health issues.
They provide information to professionals.