Horizons (Society of St James)

The Society of St James is one of twenty nine charities from across England, working with women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, that has been awarded a grant from Homeless Link’s Ending Women’s Homelessness grants programme, funded by the Government’s Tampon Tax Fund.

Horizons is an exciting project to embed gender specific, trauma informed practice across the whole organisation which will be measured against a newly developed quality framework.

Services across Hampshire will benefit from gender specific training to reach out and effectively engage those women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. A Psychological Informed Environment approach will dictate female specific safe spaces for homeless women within our organisation.

Female service users will also benefit from this training to enable gender informed ‘peer support’ within the hostels, supported lettings and properties.

Welcoming the grant, Trevor Pickup, CEO of The Society of Saint James, said: “We at The Society of St James are delighted to have been awarded this grant.

"We have seen a sharp increase in the numbers of women coming into our services, including our substance misuse, homelessness and housing services, many of whom have complex backgrounds and need high levels of support.  This funding will enable us to be better trained but also to be better prepared to support their needs in a gender and trauma informed way.”