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London Youth Gateway (LYG) 15 Feb 2017

The London Youth Gateway (LYG) project will provide a youth-targeted collaborative pathway to address increasing demand and emerging needs of young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, in each London borough. The LYG project will be delivered in partnership by New Horizon Youth Centre (lead), Depaul UK (Nightstop and Alone in London services), Shelter, and Stonewall Housing and its LGBT Jigsaw partners Galop and Albert Kennedy Trust. The joint work will provide: o direct access to emergency accommodation o affordable accommodation options, delivered in innovative new partnership models, and PRS access o family mediation and reconnection support o youth-focused advice and advocacy services around housing need, eviction, welfare benefits and debts via one-to-one, telephone and online provision o youth homelessness prevention sessions in schools and colleges o outreach into Young Offender Institutes (YOIs), prisons and on the street to ensure young people are linked up early with necessary support o satellite services and a telephone advice line to reach young people across London o independent living skills and financial literacy workshops o counselling, communication and interpersonal skills support o 7-days per week employment, education and training programme delivered in-house and in partnership, and in-depth accredited training programme

Amount: £4,033,352
Funder: London Councils
Recipient: New Horizon Youth Centre

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

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

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

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

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 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...

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

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

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...

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

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...

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

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

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 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