A stable, safe home linked to proper support can be the base from which women build a recovery.
A stable, safe home linked to proper support can be the base from which women build a better future.
Nacro recognises the need to set up services that respond to women’s particular needs and experiences. We recognise that most homeless women have had very traumatic lives and are very vulnerable; they are often mothers, even if their children are not with them. We understand the impact of trauma and with specially trained staff we work holistically in addressing women’s unique and complex histories (e.g. affected by the trauma of losing children, victims of sexual abuse, violence, exploitation).
Our Longden House supported housing service in Manchester supports women who are engaging in a chaotic lifestyle such as sex working, offending behaviour and/or substance misuse. Our service is trauma-informed and supports the vulnerable women in a psychologically informed environment to stabilise, reconnect with their families and engage with their local communities.
Nacro’s SWITCH (Supporting Women in the Community and Home) mentoring project supports vulnerable or disadvantaged women aged 16 and older in Middlesbrough, Redcar and East Cleveland. SWITCH provides support for unemployed women who may face factors which are a barrier to them becoming employed such as low confidence, low self-esteem and social isolation. We work with them to help them regain positive control of their lives.
Nacro recognises the difficulties women offenders have in accessing and living with their children whilst within or once leaving the criminal justice system. Our Nacro Homes Agency operates in a way to allow women who are released from custody to be directly accommodated with their children, where appropriate. Similarly, the NHA service is able to provide a bespoke service that meets the needs of other vulnerable women at the time when they need it the most, for example, women fleeing domestic abuse.
Our NHA in Teesside provides:
- Stable, good quality accommodation for women and families fleeing domestic abuse; the majority of whom have suffered domestic abuse either previously or immediately before coming to the service
- housing within safe environments which give women and families the protection they need, and prevents risk of re-traumatisation due to hostel style accommodation
The service works in partnership with more than 40 professionals and other service provision, including drug and alcohol agencies, probation services and domestic abuse services to support clients and ensure successful transitions occur.