Baobab Women's Project
A housing and women’s advocacy practitioner will increase gender and trauma informed casework across the West Midlands for migrant and refugee women. She will deliver specialist casework, train and support volunteer advocates to improve practice with women who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness. She will also create and deliver a training package to external organisations and build partnerships with voluntary and statutory agencies.
Welcoming the grant, Sarah Taal, Director of Baobab Women’s Project said: “We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to deliver this project, this is a important time as we have seen a sharp rise in problems with the new AIRE contracts, increasing women’s destitution and homelessness when seeking protection, as well as a constant flow of women refused protection, or without residence facing poverty and abuse due to homelessness.
"The project will focus on providing 1-1 gender informed casework support to women having complex housing issues, which intersect with immigration and health problems, engaging and partnership working with other agencies to meet their needs holistically.
"Training will be delivered to current advocates, and external organisations to encourage work with women to be completed in a gender and trauma informed way.
"Networking with regional and national housing and women’s charities will influence improvements to policy and practice collectively with others.”