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Kes now runs Bognorphenia
Holly is now at University studying textile design
Jo now runs her own business in Arundel
We aim to support a population of vulnerable women who are characterised by a range of issues including histories of physical , emotional and sexual abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, trauma, and mental health problems.
We also support women who may be having a difficult time at one point in their lives – a recent loss such as bereavement, suffering poverty from unemployment, relationship breakdown, a victim of crime, accident or illness/disability.
We offer practical, emotional, and therapeutic support to clients in tailor-made interventions that aim to address a range of underlying issues.
Women value our safe, women-only space and the set of supportive relationships with workers and peers they are able to build here. It integrates the best features of personalisation - supporting women to get their lives back on track; yet it works through collective action - using a mixture of peer support, volunteering and professional support.
Women’s Centres are not new – there are 72 in the UK , some like Brighton Women’s Centre have been running 40 years.
We wanted West Sussex to have one and so set it up in 2014. We have adopted the Women Centred Working way of working: This is an evidenced based initiative to encourage the design and delivery of more effective services for women who are facing multiple disadvantages. Women centred ways of working can get to the root causes of complex problems by integrating and tailoring services around women’s specific needs. There is powerful evidence of the effectiveness of this approach from existing projects in local communities. Women Centred Working has been set up to share good practice, change thinking and promote effective, women centred approaches on a wider national basis. Our approach is to provide services in a women centred way. They are:
Since opening our first drop-in, in June 2015 we have supported 135 women. We work with any women with any issue. To-date; 68% of our cases have had domestic abuse / abuse in their background either from families as a child or past/ present partners. It is essential that every woman who begins a journey with us should be supported in a consistent way. This ensures safeguarding is paramount from the first meeting onward with clear procedures in respect of confidentiality and a clear assessment. At the centre of our contact - a clear, equal pathway of our provision, detailed records and case management and review.
Our original mission was to open one FULLY OPERATIONAL CENTRE offering counselling, coaching, training and IAG. But having piloted the drop-in we realise how successful the model is and taking into account local needs, local views and user led we recognise the values:
Connection: that women feel included, not alone or isolated