Women First (Encompass Southwest)

Encompass Southwest 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.

Working in close collaboration with the key partners and wider voluntary and statutory services, the “Women First” project aims to develop a range of gender informed and trauma informed services for women and agencies working with women to reduce and prevent homelessness across Northern Devon.

We will provide an integrated programme of homelessness and crisis prevention, resolution and resilience building measures tailored to individual need. The key partners will provide advice, information and support aimed at empowering women to take control of their lives, promoting better informed decisions by increasing awareness of housing, homelessness and safer lifestyles. We will develop a peer support network which aims to see women supporting women which will be underpinned by the desire to end women’s homelessness.

Claire Fisher, Chief Officer for Encompass Southwest, said: “Women First is a new and exciting partnership and we are delighted to have been awarded this grant to work with some of the most vulnerable women across Northern Devon.  In recent years we have seen an increase in the number of women rough sleeping and this funding will allow us to make positive changes to the support we can offer.

"The project will work closely with the wider enhanced outreach team to deliver a gender and trauma informed service to ensure women feel safe and supported to address the issues which lead them to rough sleeping.”