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Aspire Oxford Weekly Women's Hub

Funding required£2,845
LocationOxford

The Pitch

Problem statement

Aspire seek to launch and sustain a weekly Women's Hub for ex-offenders and other women in Oxford in need of support. The need for this hub has arisen as services tend to be commissioned around the needs of the ‘typical service user’ (male ex-offenders), whose support needs differ greatly to those of women e.g. women may be more likely to flourish in trusting support groups. The weekly Women's Hub will offer 'tea and chat' sessions, opportunities to access 1:1 support with visiting services, and workshops on mental, physical and sexual health, budgeting, housing support and cookery. The initial launch day will offer ‘goodie bags’ containing personal essentials and high street shop vouchers.

Solution

The weekly Women’s Hub will serve as a safe and welcoming space for women to meet new people, find common ground with others who may have similar lived experience with the criminal justice system, and access the tailored support they need. Women outside of this sphere who may also be experiencing issues relating to employment, housing or homelessness will be able to drop-in for Aspire's other support services around employment, housing or homelessness prevention, support from visiting services, and workshops. The initial support services and activities introduced in these sessions will also be informed by the needs and preferences of those who attend the launch and subsequent early sessions.

Why are we best placed to deliver?

Aspire’s employment, housing and homelessness prevention support programmes include 'Through The Prison Gate', which provides specialist employment and community reintegration support for ex-offenders across Oxfordshire and the wider Thames Valley. Our team have the expertise and experience to successfully support and signpost women in Oxford with direct or indirect experience of the criminal justice system, and, with a diverse range of accompanying programmes, projects and connections through Aspire, the resources and contacts to accommodate women attending our hub who may be presenting with other issues.

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