Carrying on with the theme of awards, we’re pleased to announce that we have just been accredited by the Housing Diversity Network (HDN), an accredited award for equality and diversity for business services, customers and the community.
The accreditation process has taken place during 2013 where there has been a review of relevant documentation and an in-depth focus group with staff and interviews with senior managers. We are particularly pleased that HDN awarded 6 distinctions for good practice and innovation:
- Supporting women to achieve and progress through development and training opportunities
- Attempts to address the pockets of occupational segregation within the organisation
- Supporting staff by offering work flexibility to take account of life changing circumstances
- Creative, imaginative links with organisations acting in the interests of women from other cultures
- Range of projects and tailored services targeting and responding to diverse and vulnerable women
- Tenant Training Grants actively supporting women into education, employment or training
We’re delighted to announce that Re-Unite South London was awarded the Best Project/Innovation Award at the 2013 Women in Housing Awards last night.
Re-Unite South London was up against five very worthy contenders so we’re extremely pleased that the project is continuing to get recognised for it’s successes supporting mothers leaving prison and their families to have the best chances in life.
Please see the photo below to see Karren Brady presenting the award to Micki Whyte, Re-Unite Children’s Support Worker and Zaiba Qureshi, Director of Supported Housing.
For more information on the awards and the other winners please click here.
Jakki Moxham, chief executive of Housing for Women, responds to Lord McNally’s plans for female prison reform. Click below to see Jakki’s letter in the Guardian:
Click here to read Jakki’s response
We’re pleased to announce that Housing for Women has been awarded £286,000 for the project Re-Unite South London, enabling us to support, house and reunite mothers with their children when leaving prison.
The funding from the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Programme is spread over three years and will help 54 women and up to 81 children through the Re-Unite programme. Re-Unite will provide intensive support for up to12 months where women will be provided with access to safe and secure family-sized accommodation, help in regaining custody of their children and support in accessing education, training and employment. This funding will also allow us develop a volunteer mentor programme which will recruit and train a team of Mentors to complement the support provided by the project staff, whilst providing valuable volunteering opportunities through the accredited scheme.
This funding will ensure the project can continue to offer a tailored package of accommodation and support, which has proved extremely successful in reducing re-offending over the last six years. Re-Unite currently has a re-offending rate of just 2.9% in comparison to the national average of over 50%. The initiative also provides a safe and stable environment for the children who have often been exposed to chaotic lifestyles, which reduces the chance of intergenerational offending.
Our Chief Executive Jakki Moxham has said:
“Evidence shows there is a severe lack of resettlement services aimed and women leaving prison, specifically those with children. We are delighted that the Big Lottery Fund has recognised this need and given us the opportunity to support more women as they leave prison and re-unite them with their children. It means Housing for Women can help these women re-build their lives and reduce the chances of re-offending in the future.”
Caroline James, Big Lottery Fund spokesperson has said:
“Our Reaching Communities programme is there to enable organisations to provide life-changing support for people who really need it. The projects we support through the programme are extremely diverse but all of them help people to realise their own potential, gain independence and lead happier and more fulfilled lives.“
The Net-A-Porter team wanted to support a charity local to them and after coming to meet with us and hearing all about our work, 12 staff members have signed up to run a 10-km race in Greenwich Park on Sunday 6th October, raising funds for the vital services we provide in and around Greenwich.
If you would like to support their efforts then please visit their Just Giving page below and make a donation towards their target, every pound helps.
If their dedication has spurred you on and you fancy taking part in the race to raise money for Housing for Women then please contact Paul Melbourne, Fundraising Manager on 0207 501 6152 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our friends at Man Group Plc got their hands dirty and volunteered their support to give the garden at one of our domestic violence refuges a makeover. 11 of their staff came and worked hard doing all manner of jobs from weeding, painting, cutting trees down and building a bbq and bench seating area.
We’re extremely grateful for all their hard work making the outdoor space a much nicer area for families to spend time and for the children to play.
Please see below for some pictures of them hard at work:
Welcome to Housing for Women’s newly designed website.
Please have a look around, read all about our work and visit ‘Your Support’ to see how you can get involved.