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Home Secretary Amber Rudd visited the Langridge Initiative Centre in Middlesbrough, where Nacro’s SWITCH (Supporting Women in the Community and Home) mentoring project is based. Rudd was visiting the area to see what various organisations are doing to support the community. SWITCH supports vulnerable or disadvantaged women aged 16 and older in Middlesbrough, Redcar and East Cleveland. The project provides support for unemployed women who may face barriers such as low confidence, low self-esteem and social isolation due to life circumstances such as drugs, domestic violence, prostitution and single parenthood, which have prevented them from being able to work. The aim of SWITCH is to help vulnerable women regain positive control of their life.

Sarah Mohan, Mentor Coordinator at SWITCH, said, “It was a great opportunity to highlight the work we do at SWITCH to Amber Rudd. She recognised the impact and positive contribution we are making in the community and was very supportive of our work.”

To learn more about the SWITCH service, click here.