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Housing Advice Resettlement and Prevention (HARP) 20 Feb 2013

Delivery includes: • a pan-London Housing Advice and Resettlement and Prevention Service to offenders who are at risk of homelessness on release from prison. • a Peer Run Community Recovery Network to help offenders sustain their accommodation and prevent relapse into offending and future homelessness. • A handbook and helpline for Outside of London Prison establishments discharging clients back to London on release. • A staffed helpline to advise London probation and out of London prison staff on how to work with London originating offenders who are being discharged back to London from around the country.

Amount: £1,565,548
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: St Mungo Community Housing Association

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 Connections 20 Feb 2013

The overall aim was to prevent people from London boroughs from becoming street homeless in Westminster by giving newly arrived people access to advice and other services to both reconnect them to their home area and to provide them with support services and alternative housing options where this process is not straightforward. The London Connections project provided assessment, referral, reconnection and advocacy for homeless people from all London boroughs who are arriving on the street or at our centre in Westminster. also engagement and skills training activities together with structured progression to training and employment. The project provided access to healthcare, food and hygiene services. Specialist services for BAMER and LGBT people, women, older people and those with mental health or other disabilities.

Amount: £846,820
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: The Connection at St Martin's

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 LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership 20 Feb 2013

To deliver a coordinated response to domestic and sexual abuse experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people. delivering targeted, integrated services which respond to the specific and unmet needs this client group. Outputs include: • Risk assessment and management • Needs assessment and referrals to support services • Helpline for LGBT victims of abuse, providing emotional support, listening and signposting services • Housing advice • Safety planning • Support throughout criminal justice system including reporting • Counselling from specialist LGBT DV counsellor • Advocacy, advice, support and casework service As a result of this service, clients will have improved access to appropriate services, clients will have a greater understanding of housing options and will access temporary housing, clients will see a change in their living situation, and will have a better understanding of how to keep safe and make safer decisions. Clients will have improved self-esteem and self confidence, and will demonstrate lower levels of anxiety and depression.

Amount: £570,936
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Galop

Pan-London Domestic and Sexual Violence Helplines and Data Collection Project 15 Feb 2017

Through the National Domestic Violence Helpline expert Pan-London telephone, email and online support to victims of domestic and/or sexual violence and those supporting them; • Comprehensive data on London services facilitating immediate refuge referrals; • Collection, analysis and dissemination of data on the nature and usage of refuge and other provision and needs in London. The project will assist London boroughs directly through a dedicated refuge referral mechanism, plus informative data for improving services and better understanding needs, including provision of a 'heat map'. Routes to Support (formerly known as UKROL) is an integral part of this project, and the project will work with London Councils, MOPAC (Mayor's Officer for Policing and Crime) and borough stakeholders to ensure the maximum benefit is achieved from the range of data collected through the improved data analysis tools and resources that the project will implement going forward. The project will be committed to impactful liaison with London boroughs and promoting its services to all those who might benefit

Amount: £1,259,688
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Women's Aid Federation of England (Wo...

Specialist Refuge Network 15 Feb 2017

London Specialist Refuge Network seeks to continue to provide a unique and innovative Pan-London service through specialist refuge accommodation and targeted support to high-risk women/children affected by domestic and sexual violence (DSV) with complex needs. The Network will provide specialist refuge, targeted support and outreach and second stage accommodation. We will work intensively with women to assess/address needs, improve safety/health/wellbeing enabling women to exit violent/abusive relationships/situations. The services comprise: Programme of group-work/workshops to enhance health/wellbeing/living-skills/resilience Resettlement programme to support independence/longer lasting outcomes Outreach service supporting/enabling women to access alternative refuge accommodation/be supported in independent living Training/awareness raising workshops for professionals to remove barriers/widen access Housing advocacy securing/maintaining referral pathways with housing providers to secure alternative accommodation for women at risk and unable to access refuge 38 specialist 24-hour refuge and second-stage accommodation bedspaces and package of intensive targeted support to enhance safety and remove barriers: 6 (24-hour) bedspaces: Problematic substance use 5 (24-hour) bedspaces: Sexually exploited women (including prostitution and trafficking) 8 (24-hour) bedspaces: Women with mental health/problematic substance use 7 second-stage bed spaces: Trafficked women 6 bed spaces: Middle Eastern and North African women fleeing harmful practices including forced marriage 6 bed spaces: South Asian, Turkish and Iranian women with NRPF experiencing DV/SV and harmful practices Within the existing 38 bedspaces, the project will allocate an additional 3 bedspaces for women with NRPF , particularly for trafficked women and 2 bedspaces for women with mobility related disabilities.

Amount: £3,360,000
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Ashiana Network

DeafHope London 15 Feb 2017

DeafHope is the UK's only, award-winning, specialist service for Deaf female survivors of domestic abuse and violence, and their children. It is delivered by Deaf women for Deaf women, and is vastly more cost-effective than using Interpreters. The service also provides support to Deaf men, through advice and supported signposting. Caseworkers use British Sign Language and other international sign languages. The service is regularly assessed as 'outstanding' by London Councils' RAG rating. DeafHope London will deliver: o Specialist D/deaf referral for all London Borough Officers and IDVAs o IDVA and outreach 1-2-1 support for deaf women and young people o Prevention/early intervention workshops in schools/youth groups to boys and girls (Young DeafHope) o Psychological Therapy for clients with complex needs, anxiety and/or depression o Survivors' Workshops - Deaf-led support groups o British Sign Language (BSL) and other accessible information about domestic abuse for Deaf community o Deaf awareness training/support for London Borough Officers and mainstream domestic violence providers This will achieve all specification outcomes: o Reduced levels/ repeat victimisation of sexual and domestic violence o Improves wellbeing o Increases safety and independence o London Borough Officers and IDVAs have a quality Deaf referral route o Multi-agency providers have a better understanding of how to meet Deaf access o Supports BAMER, LGBT and Multiple Complex Needs Deaf women

Amount: £593,776
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: SignHealth

London for All 20 Feb 2013

‘London for All’ is a London Councils’ funded project to capacity build London’s voluntary and community sector. The partners are Race on the Agenda, Women’s Resource Centre, HEAR (the network of London equality organisations) and Lasa. The project aims: To address identified gaps developing in borough's VCS support services, while providing economies of scale through specialist pan-London support To help London Councils and VCOs to meet their obligations under the Equality Act 2010 To support organisations to use relevant technologies to facilitate effective delivery The project includes tailored training not provided locally, effective signposting, support for pan-London partnership working, links to other support services around developing consortia and merger, and delivery of specialist ICT and HR support for VCS organisations.

Amount: £1,470,656
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: London Voluntary Service Council

SERA (SERA: Specialist Emergency Refuge Accommadation) 09 Mar 2016

to deliver emergency refuge accommodation to women who had been victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Amount: £184,950
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Ashiana Network

Supporting & Strengthening the Impact of London's Refugee Community Organisations ('Supporting RCOs') 20 Feb 2013

Supporting & Strengthening the Impact of London's Migrant/Refugee Community Organisations ('Supporting MRCOs') is a two-year, second-tier training and capacity-building support project to enable London's frontline refugee/migrant community organisations to deliver services effectively to their client groups and engage with stakeholders (funders, policy-makers, strategic planners, potential partners) in local service delivery, as well as to advise and influence local authorities/statutory bodies/commissioners about best practice in engaging with MRCOs. It identified and shared best practice on how MRCOs and mainstream/statutory services can best engage with each other to facilitate equal access to services, improve understanding of the needs of MRCOs and work towards improving the quality of services they provide to refugees and asylum seekers.

Amount: £249,368
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: The Refugee Council

DeafHope London 20 Feb 2013

DeafHope in London - the only specialist service for Deaf female survivors of domestic abuse (and their children). A small staff team all using British Sign Language to communicat provided the following services: • Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs) intensive support for high-risk Deaf women who have severe and immediate safety issues and may need emergency refuge. • Outreach (less intensive) support for medium-to-low risk Deaf clients who need ongoing help to successfully make the difficult and painful transition to a new, independent life; and avoid repeat victimisation• Young DeafHope for the highest risk age group - 16-30. Raising awareness and providing opportunities for disclosure and referral to IDVA or Outreach. • Deaf awareness-raising/training amongst mainstream services, and DV awareness-raising amongst the Deaf community. Survivors Support Group. • Website BSL information

Amount: £547,200
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: SignHealth

Al-aman Project: Women's Support Services 20 Feb 2013

The Al-aman project's women's support services is to increase the safety of Arabic speaking women who have been affected by gender based violence (GBV) and are survivors of or at risk of (either them or their children) harmful practices such as forced marriage (FM), Honour Based Violence (HBV) and female genital mutilation (FGM). Aimed to reduce their sense of isolation, increase their well-being and help them to build their self-esteem and make safer, informed decisions about their own and their children's futures. Offered Arabic speaking women-centred services focused on safety planning and emotional, advocacy and practical support through regular phone contact, face-to-face meetings and group work sessions. The main changes that we strive for when working with Arabic speaking women are the increased safety and wellbeing of our service-users, an improved awareness of GBV and harmful practices and their effects and an increased confidence and ability to make positive life changes for themselves. Overall, we aim to reduce and prevent violence against women.

Amount: £82,532
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Domestic Violence Intervention Project

The ASCENT project (This stands for Amplifying, Supporting, Capacity building, Engaging, Networking, Training) 15 Feb 2017

ASCENT is part of the Pan London VAWG Consortium and will specifically address the long term sustainability needs of the provision of services to those affected by sexual and domestic violence (S&DV). It will improve the quality of such services across London, by providing a variety of services that includes sustainability, expert-led and accredited (assured) training, borough surgeries, seminars and special events, best practice briefings, BME networks for front-line staff from both voluntary and statutory services to improve service provision and ensure it meets the needs of service users. During this period ASCENT will develop a flexible on-line learning resource that will contribute to front line workers CPD and enhance the quality of VAWG services across London as well as a key local contacts directory. ASCENT will also draw on the wide and varied expertise of all its partners, and of those within the wider Pan London VAWG Consortium in order to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. As a partnership, ASCENT will both model and promote the value of partnerships to service users, funders and commissioners.

Amount: £963,132
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Women's Resource Centre

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

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

Ascent Ending Harmful Practices project 15 Feb 2017

The partnership will provide intensive support to 623 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, annually. Activities will include: 1) 1:1 advice and information on rights and entitlements: 2) casework and advocacy support which will include 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 66 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. These activities aim to improve service users' safety, self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing, as well as improving understanding of rights and options and uptake of other services in the domains of criminal justice, health, housing and employment training.

Amount: £1,280,000
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Asian Women's Resource Centre

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

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...