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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

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

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

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

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

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

London Councils pan-London VAWG Consortium Prevention Project 20 Feb 2013

The pan-London Ascent Prevention Project is a strategic partnership of eleven leading violence prevention agencies in London set to deliver across all 32 London boroughs. Led by Tender it presents an innovative and holistic response to gender based violence amongst young people, covering a wide range of sexual and domestic violence themes through specialist workshops. Flexible workshop programmes in schools as well as in pupil referral units, youth centres and other targeted out-of-school settings • Widely distributed resources to accompany creative, interactive, and educational workshops exploring harmful practices, addressing gender stereotypes and deconstructing social acceptance of sexual and domestic violence. • Training sessions for professionals that work with young people accompanied by a training pack

Amount: £799,460
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Tender Education and Arts

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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...

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

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 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

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

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

Women's Through the Gate and Advice Housing Support 20 Feb 2013

The service aims to prevent homelessness amongst London women serving short sentences, women leaving prison and returning to London, or to women with experience of the criminal justice system at risk of homelessness, or who make up part of the 'hidden homeless' in the Greater London area. A three tiered provision of support included, specialist advice to women on short sentences to enable them to maintain their tenancies, 'through the gate' in depth support to women with multiple vulnerabilities (substance use, domestic violence, mental health), and drop in specialist advice surgeries around housing, benefits and debt in both prison and the community. Specialist housing advice and support was provided to women on a range of issues including maintaining tenancies and utilities, debt advice, and basic living skills.

Amount: £345,504
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Women in Prison Ltd