We offer help to vulnerable women leaving prison and returning to London under our Footsteps project.
Funding from The City Bridge Trust enabled us to set up the project to work with vulnerable women prison leavers returning to London to help them engage with services and maximise their chances of resettling into the community. Further funding from the Government's Tampon Tax Fund in March 2018 meant we were able to develop the work further in London and work with women in Yorkshire and Norfolk.
Footsteps supports women who have mental health and/or complex support needs. It aims to stabilise their situations and help them adjust to life in the community. It is specifically targeted at women with very high support needs who might struggle to engage with mainstream services.
Footsteps works in partnership with multiple agencies to help address the wide range of needs vulnerable women in the criminal justice system typically experience. These include homelessness, mental health issues,substance misuse, domestic abuse, sex working and debt. Footsteps is a flexible, multifaceted service responding to the individual support needs of women on a case by case basis.
Alongside prisons we will also take referrals from community-based partner agencies including London-based Community Mental Health Teams.
Vocational Training for women in HMP Send.
We provide Level 3 Advice and Guidance training in HMP Send so the women can offer support to other women in the prison. Not only does this help address the large need for support amongst women in prison it also gives vocational experience to the women providing the support. The service is now offered with KSS Housing Brokerage.