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Engage London - Supporting the Children and Young People's Voluntary and Community Sector 20 Feb 2013

The project aims to: 1. Develop organisational capacity and workforce skills:for CYP&F organisations 2. Extend representation, voice and influencing: 3. Strengthen key groups with a focus on addressing equalities, through capacity-building, mutual support and challenge, cross-sector regional and local links; improving and creating accessible channels for evidence-based practice. The programme aims to build capacity with local CVSs and other infrastructure groups/networks; to focus on supporting equalities groups to build sustainable services and meet the needs of the most vulnerable groups. This will be achieved through a partnership between Children England, Partnership for Young London (PYL) and the Race Equality Foundation (REF).

Amount: £851,796
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Children England

Pan-London Domestic and Sexual Violence Helplines and coordinated access to refuge provision 20 Feb 2013

This project will provide London-wide domestic and sexual violence helpline support and coordinated access to refuge provision. Through a partnership between the NDVHL, WGN and RASAC the project responded to the needs of all London callers - including men, boys and LGBT callers - experiencing domestic and/or sexual violence by providing: - confidential support and information to inform decision making; - risk assessment and safety planning; - referral to specialist services, including emergency safe accommodation; - a dedicated email referral mechanism to London refuge places for London borough officers; - online support and information. Callers will be supported in relation to all forms of domestic and sexual violence, including sexual exploitation within a gang context. UKROL provided comprehensive data on all London VAWG services, enabling users to instantly identify spaces in, and refer to, refuge accommodation. Drawing on information provided by the helplines and UKROL database, and collected directly from London domestic and sexual violence services, Women's Aid provided London Councils with comprehensive data on: - the nature and availability of service provision in London; - the utilisation of refuge provision; - outcomes of referrals across London (linked to protected equalities characteristics); - gaps in service provision.

Amount: £1,000,152
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Women's Aid Federation of England (Wo...

Ending Harmful Practices 20 Feb 2013

The partnership provided intense support to 510 women and girls from BMER communities across London affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), 'Honour' Based Violence (HBV), Forced Marriages (FM), and other harmful practices within the spectrum of domestic and sexual violence. Activities included: 1) 1:1 advice and information on rights and entitlements: 2) casework and advocacy support including accompanying women to report crimes of violence to the police and housing departments, as well as accompanying women to court and advocating their needs to social services 3) therapeutic support groups and a counselling provision to 60 women 4) raising awareness of the impact of HBV, FM and FGM within communities and other voluntary and statutory agencies (not only BMER communities) through delivering workshops, training and presentations and 5) specific work with young women through the delivery of workshops to support peer mentoring and youth advocacy

Amount: £1,200,000
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Asian Women's Resource Centre

Stronger Organisations-Benefiting London(ers) 20 Feb 2013

Supporting diversification of funding, self sustaining income generation and social enterprise. Managers who are more skilled and capable of leading their organisations to be better able to respond to increasingly complex demands on their service, More effective use of the data collection methods to present a more accurate and dynamic picture of real impact made for Londoners, Agencies working more effectively through collaboration and the sharing of good practice, access to information and developing social policy. As a result the advice sector will be in a much stronger position to deal more effectively with the problems faced by Londoners as a result of the welfare changes, high levels of unemployment, low wage employment and those on fixed incomes, such as pensioners.

Amount: £1,015,264
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Advice UK

Ascent Advice and Counselling 15 Feb 2017

The project aims to provide support for women affected by DV/SV and prevent its escalation through individually tailored advice, support and therapeutic services to enable women to cope, recover and move to independence. We will provide four key service areas with a holistic delivery model providing initial response to VAWG as well as after care from IDVA services: - Advice, including legal support, through a hub and spoke model and inclusive of targeted support for BME women, those with NRPF and young and sexually exploited women as well as women with problematic substance use. We will provide a specialist focus on housing support with a dedicated housing support officer and access to safe accommodation. - One to one BACP accredited counselling delivered within each borough as well as counselling in over 20 languages provided by BME led by and for organisations. - Group work in all Boroughs and BME partner organisations to aid recovery and increase understanding of abuse. - Training including legal training to professionals and accredited VAWG training to volunteers and therapeutic training to clinicians. We will deliver a range of outcomes including increased safety, access to safe housing, legal support, reduced risk, improved mental/physical health and well-being, increased confidence/self-esteem and increased knowledge for service providers around DV/SV.

Amount: £5,700,952
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Solace Women's Aid

STAR Partnership (Supporting Tenancies, Accommodation and Reconnections) 15 Feb 2017

Shelter is leading the STAR Partnership (Supporting Tenancies, Accommodation and Reconnections), a specialist partnership with Thames Reach, Stonewall Housing and St Mungo's. Through this partnership the following will be provided: - An integrated multiple point of access for all users, enabling rapid response triage and advice. - London-wide targeted engagement and promotion to be relevant and accessible to key priority groups in all 33 boroughs. - Support for users to directly access the PRS and innovative housing solutions. - Assertive and targeted outreach direct to street homeless people especially in hotspots and encampments. - Safe and secure pathways into emergency accommodation. - Intensive support, including skills training, money management and housing advice to enable families and individuals to maintain their tenancy. - Personal resilience and independence planning to secure a long-term, healthy and happy home. - Real opportunities for work.

Amount: £4,013,980
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Shelter The National Campaign For Hom...

PLUS Project 15 Feb 2017

To strengthen the homelessness sector (voluntary, public and private) to work more collaboratively. To bring sectors together to better understand, define and identify their role in preventing homelessness. To support frontline providers and commissioners to be responsive to changing patterns of need, policy, legislation and equalities issues. To build the capacity of frontline providers to improve service delivery and effectiveness and ultimately be more sustainable. With the ultimate aim of achieving improved outcomes for those at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Activities: o providing specialist advice, support, training and information o supporting and improving working relationships between the VCS, boroughs and landlords through forums o improving collaboration and communication between the homelessness, employment, domestic/sexual violence, substance use, and health sectors through relationship brokerage, bespoke support and peer networks o providing quality policy, law and research information identifying London specific impact and trends through briefings and bulletins o testing new models through special initiatives responding to the London specific context. Outcomes delivered: o Higher quality, more responsive and effective service delivery (measured against a baseline , and using an external evaluation) o More effective cross sector/priority collaboration to deliver more effective services o Improved and focussed response to prevention o Better evidence of successful creative interventions responsive to specific London context.

Amount: £480,956
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Homeless Link

Housing Advice, Resettlement and Prevention Connect 15 Feb 2017

St Mungo will deliver a Pan London Housing, Advice, Resettlement and Prevention (HARP) service to people who are or are at risk of homelessness, providing holistic intervention. Proposed activities: o A through-the-gate service, enabling people access to intervention and housing, promoting a smooth transition into communities. o A service which is flexible to the demand of need 'making each contact count', allocating specialist workers in each region who will work and receive referrals from probation/CRCs, local authorities, GPs and prisons in that region. o A Central Hub providing access to intervention for people through self-referral route o A Help-line for outside London Prisons and probation/CRCs discharging people returning to London. o Specialist intervention, advocacy and housing promoting the well-being and interests of individuals with protected characteristics, No recourse to public funds and complex needs inclusive of mental health and substance use. o A catalogue of services and private landlords within each borough to support better outcomes. o An emergency discretionary access fund to purchase small essential needs led resources for our clients, instigated by the project workers (such as fees relating to access to birth certificates, travel etc.) o Promotion of education, employment and volunteering, inclusive of peer volunteering opportunities. Proposed outcomes: o People housed, engaged in positive intervention and activities; sustaining their tenures in a safe environment.

Amount: £1,005,512
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: St Mungo Community Housing Association

London Councils pan-London VAWG Consortium Prevention Project 15 Feb 2017

Through specialist arts and drama workshops, this project builds on robust foundations established by the consortium's work funded by London Councils since 2013. Building on the momentum created to date, the project will establish Centres of Excellence in each borough, adding an enhanced stage to the existing project through a champion school programme. This enables us to reach more vulnerable young people and carry out more activities ultimately leading to whole school change. We will work with schools to identify targeted groups of young people at high-risk of experiencing abuse due to multiple disadvantage. The consortium will provide early intervention group work with these groups to decrease their vulnerability. Each school will receive support in developing effective policies to prevent domestic abuse and sexual bullying and respond to disclosures from students. Outcomes: Young people warn each other of abusive relationships, more young people challenge abusive behaviour safely and have the opportunity to comment on national policy and programmes of work.

Amount: £1,060,000
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Tender Education and Arts

Stonewall Housing's LGBT Advice and Support Project 20 Feb 2013

Stonewall Housing provides the only homelessness advice service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in London, thanks to funding from London Councils. Our aim is to build on the success of this service by developing a partnership approach with Shelter, AdviceUK's BME Advice Network and the Royal Association for Deaf People to ensure more LGBT people have improved access to the best advice and information to prevent homelessness and to find them suitable accommodation earlier. As part of this project, Stonewall Housing also developed an innovative pan-London tenancy sustainment service and group support programme designed specifically for LGBT people.

Amount: £695,036
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Stonewall Housing

London Specialist Refuge Network - part of the pan-London VAWG Consortium 20 Feb 2013

London Specialist Refuge Network is a unique and innovative project providing Pan-London, specialist emergency accommodation and support service to vulnerable women and children affected by domestic/sexual violence who present with complex needs. The Network partnership consists of Ashiana Network, Solace Women's Aid and Nia; The Network provided dedicated, safe, temporary accommodation and work intensively with women to improve safety and enable them to exit violent/abusive relationships/situations. The services included: refuges for women with complex issues of violence and problematic substance use and women exiting prostitution, women with complex/mental health needs and women with no recourse to public funds. An outreach service supporting/enabling women with these needs to access other refuge accommodation, deliver training/awareness raising workshops at forums and agencies across London, focusing particularly on boroughs that have limited services.

Amount: £1,800,000
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Ashiana Network

Fit 4 Purpose 20 Feb 2013

To support, inform, up-skill and network at least 400 voluntary and community organisations working with older people, across all London boroughs. To help them effectively manage income reductions by providing them with the knowledge and skills to broker partnerships, 'stay afloat' and most effectively serve their users. Help organisations reduce costs, smaller organisations to become funding free, and others to attract funding through relationship brokerage with local sources of financial and in-kind support. Social media training workshops to promote tools to improve communication, outreach, organisational presence and reduce costs. In addition, a wide range of practical support workshops helped organisations identify and pitch for funding. An online Knowledge Hub will provide information, research, spread best practice, support user consultation and provide equality and benchmarking tools to help organisations demonstrate impact. A suite of briefings will raise awareness of sector changes and highlight challenges and opportunities to organisations working with London's diverse older population .

Amount: £620,308
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Age UK London

Setting the standard of practice for domestic abuse for housing providers in London: DAHA 15 Feb 2017

The Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) is a partnership between three agencies who are leaders in innovation to address domestic abuse within housing; Standing Together Against Domestic Violence (STADV), Peabody and Gentoo. DAHA's mission is to transform the housing sector's response to domestic abuse (DA) through the introduction and adoption of an established set of standards and an accreditation process. STADV is submitting this bid on behalf of this partnership and will be solely responsible for the deliver of this grant. The key aim is to accelerate DAHA's ability to reach local authority housing and registered housing providers in London to support their standards of practice in relation to domestic abuse. This grant will enable DAHA to offer free workshops which reflect the DAHA accreditation standards, to provide training and to influence housing providers to undertake the DAHA accreditation. This ultimately will achieve early intervention for domestic abuse and better service and support to survivors of abuse and their children.

Amount: £355,908
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Standing Together Against Domestic Vi...

The LGBT DAP (Domestic Abuse Partnership) 15 Feb 2017

The LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership (DAP) will provide specialist support to over 500 LGBT victims of Domestic Violence annually. It is the only pan London multi-agency domestic violence service for LGBT people. It will deliver a joined-up service enabling vulnerable LGBT survivors, who face barriers to accessing support, to quickly access comprehensive, specialised support tailored to their needs. As the lead partner in the DAP, Galop will: Build links with borough based services to raise awareness of LGBT domestic abuse and improve referrals pathways; provide specialist one-to-one DV advocacy, and through the National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline provide specialist telephone, email advice and support to victims 5 days a week, referring London callers into the DAP. Stonewall Housing will provide housing advice and advocacy to DV victims at risk of homelessness, or with housing support needs. London Friend provides counselling and group support. Switchboard provides additional support through a helpline open 7 days per week and sign-posting into DAP services. The DAP has consistently delivered outcomes that improve the safety and wellbeing of LGBT survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Victims receive help navigating the criminal justice system and accessing specialist support aimed at reducing risk and repeat victimisation.

Amount: £585,272
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Galop

TRIO Targeted Rapid Intervention and Outreach 20 Feb 2013

This partnership, led by Thames Reach and including Eaves and Addaction, offered specialist pan-London early intervention and prevention for rough sleepers and 'hidden' homeless. Funded delivery: develop/coordinate six borough strategies targeting rough sleeping hotspots for closure - respond to rough sleepers not eligible for NSNO or other projects - securing accommodation and facilitating access to specialist legal, health and substance misuse services through our contacts - telephone support to those at risk of homelessness - specialist help to the hidden homeless: those trafficked, non-UK nationals with no recourse to public funds in parks/garages, women affected by violence,(homeless or at risk of) through Lifeskills advice, 1-2-1 and group accredited counselling ; physical and mental health workshops, education and training support, within a women only environment and provide a holistic service which helps ensure engagement -- offering personalised options, workshops for learning and employment, peer support, self-help independent living manuals

Amount: £1,506,836
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Thames Reach

London Councils Homelessness Pan-London Umbrella Support (PLUS) Project 20 Feb 2013

Outcome 1 - Frontline organisations better able to deliver high quality housing provision support to the protected equalities groups and better able to deliver well informed specialist services, advice and specialist housing and social welfare advocacy and representation for and to the following: - Black, Asian, minority ethnic, refugee and migrant groups. - Women - Young and older people - Lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual groups. - Deaf and disabled groups. Outcome 2 - Frontline organisations better able to raise issues of housing discrimination and trends in housing provision for the above equalities groups strategically together and with boroughs through sharing good practice, knowledge and expertise. This included frontline organisations facilitated to contribute to information and data sharing on homelessness. Outcome 3 - Frontline organisations that support the protected equalities groups identified within this specification better able to secure funding and resources and to develop the capacity of their organisation. Outcome 4 - Frontline homelessness organisations better equipped to respond to the diversity of equalities needs

Amount: £598,140
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Homeless Link

London Youth Gateway (LYG) 20 Feb 2013

This partnership (New Horizon Youth Centre, Alone in London, Depaul UK and Stonewall Housing) is called London Youth Gateway (LYG) offered a collaborative and innovative single pathway approach to young people from every London borough to prevent youth homelessness and provide young people from protected characteristic groups access to the services they need to secure accommodation and sustain tenancies. Examples of delivery: Direct access to emergency accommodation; Quality supported accommodation and move on to young people including specifically BAME and LGBT groups; Specialist interventions working on mental health, gang violence, harassment, domestic abuse, family breakdown, debt and eviction; Advice service: one to one, by telephone and e-mail on housing, benefits, and legal support; Outreach into YOIs working to ensure young offenders are linked into housing, support and Family Mediation Services on release; Workshops in schools, youth centres and clubs with a focus on homeless prevention and dealing with conflict at home; Primary health care, counselling, substance misuse and access to primary health care.

Amount: £2,922,688
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: New Horizon Youth Centre

Connect London 20 Feb 2013

The aim of the project is to reduce homelessness by achieving successful outcomes for people in housing need pan-London support. The project aims to: ~ Prevent homelessness by securing suitable temporary and permanent accommodation ~ Prevent homelessness by supporting and empowering people to sustain their tenancies ~ Support homeless families/people to move into employment ~ Ensure people with protected characteristics have access to advice. Activities include: ~ Tailored self help resources ~ Generalist telephone information and signposting service ~ Specialist housing, welfare benefit and debt advice with casework ~ Practical solutions to access the private rented sector ~ Employment support to achieve financial independence ~ Outreach targeting vulnerable people with protected characteristics ~ Empowering support work to develop confidence and help people link in with local services to sustain tenancies.

Amount: £2,600,000
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Shelter The National Campaign For Hom...

Ascent- Advice and Counselling 20 Feb 2013

The project will work to meet the evidenced and varied needs of women and girls in London affected by sexual and domestic violence bringing a new and dynamic approach to early and crisis intervention. Ascent brings together partners who have established active partnerships with a wide range of statutory and voluntary organisations across London. Porvides immediate advice, drop in, outreach, casework and groups to all women including; legal expertise, and financial support for women with NRPF and a dedicated and accredited individual and group work counselling service. Specialist organisations and partners will meet language, cultural, young women's and other needs. The project also delivers training and support to other professionals to increase their knowledge. Services are provided from 2 existing London Hubs (Ealing and Islington) providing a first point of phone contact and then from spokes across all London boroughs. Services are equally spread across London. services are accessed via the hubs and/or the spokes. this model increases accessibility for service users while mitigating the risk associated with women's reduced access to service when crossing Borough boundaries

Amount: £5,391,284
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Solace Women's Aid

Thyme - Counselling and Through the Gate Project 20 Feb 2013

The project will provide 'through the gate' support and counselling services to women in prison and returning to London who have experience of sexual or domestic violence. It is aimed to support women to address on-going, or past, issues resulting from abuse through counselling, group work, and practical support and advice to recognise when they are in dangerous situations. A prime focus was on women finding their voice and power and clear boundaries in what is acceptable and unacceptable to them. Through counselling and group work, women were supported to recognise the emotional and psychological impact of domestic and sexual violence. Practical support enabled women to address a number of different issues relating to their experience of sexual or domestic abuse including, for example, housing, finance and debt. The project also provided specialist training to other domestic violence organisations around the specific intersectional needs of women in the criminal justice system, and how to address these needs through best practice.

Amount: £352,596
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Women in Prison Ltd