Sunflower Women’s Centre Trauma Informed Housing Project (Trevi House)

Trevi House 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.

The Sunflower Women’s Centre Trauma Informed Housing Project aims to provide a gender-based trauma informed approach to housing through recruiting a Trauma Informed Resettlement Worker who will work with and across third sector agencies, local authority, housing and landlord associations and hostels in Plymouth to help women in recovery who are homeless or at risk of homelessness navigate the housing landscape and remove barriers. Through doing this, we aim to improve accessibility to housing for women in need across the city. Secondly, the Trauma Informed Worker, with their housing specialism, will work alongside Sunflower women with lived experience of homelessness to coordinate focus groups and 1-1 interviews to gain qualitative insights that will help shape an accredited trauma informed workshop that can then be delivered out to key professionals. 

“We are delighted to have been awarded this grant, particularly at a time when the number of women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Plymouth has risen. Currently 1 in 3 of the women we support through our Sunflower Women’s Centre have housing needs and we are deeply concerned about the lack of safe and appropriate housing for women in the city.”

“This project will provide much needed support for women to navigate the system, provide advocacy and increased accessibility to safe and appropriate housing for vulnerable and marginalised women who have been affected by trauma.”

“We hope to train professionals across the housing sector in a trauma informed response and gain organisational commitment towards improved practices and empathy towards women who have suffered multiple disadvantages in their lives such as childhood abuse, domestic abuse, sexual violence and mental ill health.”