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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

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

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

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

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

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

The Power Up project 20 Feb 2013

The 'Power Up' project is a new partnership between two leading Pan London Deaf and disabled people's organisations: Inclusion London (IL) and Transport for All (TfA). The project will deliver an innovative programme of business and capacity building support that will build the effectiveness and sustainability of disability sector organisations in order that they can survive and thrive and continue to meet the needs of disabled Londoners.

Amount: £1,120,000
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: Inclusion London (formerly London Dea...

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

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 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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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 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