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WoRTH Project

WoRTH Project

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Women’s Work has partnered with the Padley Group – a 12-bed hostel for homeless men and a Day Centre for homeless men and women in Derby – Citizens Advice Mid Mercia and Riverside Housing Association, to help address the growing number of women facing homelessness across the city. 

The WoRTH project, which stands for Women avoiding Risk Through Homelessness, aims to eradicate homelessness among women by addressing their complex needs, often involving substance abuse and mental health issues resulting from childhood abuse or domestic violence. 

With funding from Homeless Link, the partnership has developed a weekly session at the Padley Day Centre, which offers women who are homeless or vulnerably housed access to a ‘women only’ drop-in session at the hostel, providing access to shower, a change of clothing and access to support and advice from the Padley Female Specialist Worker and representatives of Women’s Work and Citizens Advice Mid Mercia.

The project aims to provide advice and guidance in one place rather than women having to navigate the city for the support they require.  

28 women were supported over 9 sessions at the Padley Centre during Jan – March 2020. Women were supported with finance and debt issues, application for a grant for a cooker, support to obtain medication for mental health, referral made to counselling service, sexual health advice and condoms supplied, showers and clothes supplied, emotional wellbeing support and introductions to Women’s Work programmes and drop-in for additional support.

The WoRTH project funding from Homeless Link comes to an end in March 2021 and further funding is being sought to extend the project beyond then. 

Through our collaboration with the Padley Group on the WoRTH project, Women’s Work has trained and mentored a female support worker at the Padley, to enable them to offer a gender-informed trauma-based approach to women.

The WoRTH Project is also able to refer women into the Riverside Housing Associations’ WAR Project (for homeless women whose children have been taken into care and have substance misuse issues). We are also working with agencies across the city to put pathways in place so homeless and vulnerably housed women have improved access to the support they require to help them move forward in life.

To read more about the impact of our services please visit ‘Our Impact’.

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