Brighton Housing Trust

INTO Giving is helping homeless and vulnerable women through a specialist women-only project

INTO Giving is supporting 240 vulnerable and homeless women at the Brighton Housing Trust with a three-year grant totalling £75,000.

 

THE HARD FACTS

Homeless women often have a history of domestic abuse at the hands of their partners, and childhood abuse. Many of the most vulnerable flee abuse and sleep rough, where they are at acute and daily risk of experiencing further abuse and trauma.

Homelessness among women is deeply dangerous. It is also deeply damaging – not only for these women, as individuals, but also for their wider family and relationships with their children.

Meanwhile, women-specific homeless services are few and far between.

 

HOW WE’RE HELPING

INTO Giving is supporting the cost of a new fulltime specialist worker at Threshold, the Brighton Housing Trust women-specific programme.  This new specialist worker will provide psychological support to 80 women per year for three years (2019-22).

Women at Threshold will also receive:

  • Housing support
  • Well-being classes, including art therapy (for mothers and children) and yoga, and food and mood workshops
  • Peer support sessions to build positive social networks
  • Help to overcome any alcohol/substance abuse

Vulnerable and homeless women and women in temporary accommodation will benefit greatly from Threshold services at Brighton Housing Trust. Outcomes include:

  • Reduced homelessness and risk of homelessness
  • Reduced isolation
  • Reduced substance/alcohol use
  • Improved mental and physical health
  • Improved mother/child relationships
  • Access to training, education, volunteering and employment

 

INTO Giving’s grant is being matched pound-for-pound by a three-year £75,000 grant from the Colin Family Foundation.

 

Volunteer at Brighton Housing Trust (link)