The funding will be used to employ three specialist workers who will work with women who are sleeping rough, living in mixed hostel provision and accessing women only groups at local community hubs. The aim of the project is to increase the number of women who are accessing specialist services and to make more safe spaces available for women who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes.
The funding will also be used to share learning across the three partner organisations, offer enhanced training programmes to other providers across West Sussex and to co design and shape a steering group based on the principles of Systems Leadership. This will result in increased knowledge and understanding of the complex issues that women experiencing homelessness face across West Sussex. Joint identification of service gaps will lead to systemic change and better provision for woman in the future.
Welcoming the grant, April Baker, Head of Development at Turning Tides, said: "We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of so many women who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless Our female clients have been clear that being able to work through issues in safe, women only environments is pivotal and we have now have the resource needed to provide this incredible service.”