Safe Home (Staffordshire Women's Aid)

Staffordshire Women's Aid 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.

This project will work in partnership with the Housing Options Team at Stafford Borough Council through piloting a Women's Housing and Resettlement Officer (WRO) to be co-located at the council, as well as within SWA’s own specialist women's services team. The project aims to provide appropriate support for women at risk of homelessness, including rough sleepers, living with domestic/sexual abuse.

Dickie James, CEO of Staffordshire Women’s Aid, said: “We are so pleased to have been awarded this grant, and this opportunity to focus on the needs of some of the most vulnerable women in our communities, those who are at risk of homelessness and female rough sleepers. As a women’s organisation, we will be able to bring our specialist experience, and our gender and  trauma informed practice to partnership working. The Project will co-locate with Stafford Borough Council’s Housing Options team, working to meet the needs of women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness due to sexual or domestic abuse.

"This is a pilot project which aims to develop stronger links and working relationships with local voluntary sector homelessness services to ensure cross-sector learning and access to services.

"We want to address the needs through this project of women who are profoundly vulnerable. We are delighted to have this opportunity to develop our work and partnerships, and to focus on meeting these needs."