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.“