PROJECT ACTIVITIES AND HOW WE DELIVER THEM
SUPPORT AIMED AT PROVIDING SPECIALIST, CULTURALLY COMPETENT SERVICES TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN CLIENT’S ABILITY TO LIVE INDEPENDENT.
- problem-solving and emotional support;
- breaking loneliness and isolation, awareness raising;
- help with immigration and Legal appointments;
- outreach, money management and help to settle down;
- developing social skills and social connections;
- support through criminal justice system;
- staying safe and secure;
- support to make positive changes through DVA Advocacy Support to allay the aftermath of abuse;
- self-help support leading to ‘Victims Advocacy’ to help with self-esteem;
- healing from childhood traumas for victims of FGM through PSYCHOLOGICAL ADVOCACY and developing positive and non-violent parenting skills.
In addition to training and workshops, we organise multicultural awareness-raising events each year to enlighten and educate the community and other agencies about the damaging and harmful impact of FGM and other gender violence as follows:
- March as part of International Women’s Day;
- June to celebrate Learning Disability (LD) Awareness Week and
- Family Fun Day (Summer Fair) in August/September.
Individuals are encouraged to access their rights to challenge norms, change behaviour, gain confidence to regain control of their lives. People with LD are supported to know what they should do when they are being touched inappropriately or about to be forced into marriage or relationship.
The project provides information and support clients who need to live full, healthy lives and to make positive changes. We support women on any identified issues to follow programmes that meet their specific needs and link them with other resources that may be helpful to them. The Staff helps connect services women are using and act as advocates with other agencies.
Through a series of interactive sessions, women and girl will learn more about issues relating to abuse and about ways in which factors such as gender, class, race, ability/disability, and sexual orientation increase a person’s vulnerability to Hate Crime. The project is committed to working with other social and healthcare providers to facilitate more effective responses to women and their children. Referrals and signposting between agencies ensure women receive the help they need.
AGENCIES WE WORK WITH:
We have set up a multi-agency group on FGM, comprising: legal representatives, Police, Healthcare providers, Just West Yorkshire, BACC, University/College, Anah Project, Staying-put, Bradford Women’s Aid etc, Education, Local Authority, Faith Communities, FGM Nurses (NHS), and Health Therapeutic professionals. Other organisations that may be working on FGM and gender violence around the world, including Forward and Rosa.