Collaborative Women (CW) provides housing and life skills training for women aged 18-30 fleeing domestic violence (typically, though not exclusively, from BAME communities). We offer assistance to women at risk of homelessness, seeking to break the cycle of moving from dependent, often abusive relationships into emergency refuges.
The Collaborative Women Model fills a gap in existing provision; meeting an unmet need by providing safe, move-on accommodation and training to help women become independent individuals.
Typically, single 18-30 year olds are not eligible for social housing therefore there is no “duty of care” responsibility for LAs. Public sector reform means that support services are drastically reduced/ non-existent for 18-30 year olds.
There is hard evidence that many women move out of refuges and fail to cope with the demands of life alone. They become socially isolated, often suffering from depression and anxiety as a result. Leaving them more vulnerable, and at risk of returning to their abusers or of exploitation with financial difficulties and mental illness also putting them at risk of drugs or prostitution to survive; continuing the cycle of violence and abuse.
We aim to deliver positive and innovative solutions to inequality and social exclusion and ultimately to end the circle of violence against women. Our programme compliments the work of emergency refuges.
Our objective is to provide safe, affordable living environments in addition to cultivating skills to empower women to forge their own self-sufficient futures and break the cycle of violence against women and the silence that surrounds it.
We have developed a Moving Forward Programme which provides; financial planning, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual support to enable the women to acquire life skills, job skills, parenting skills, training, education, self-reliance and independence so they can heal, progress, and provide for their futures.
Developing self-worth and healthy living standards helps stop the cycle of addiction, violence, neglect and abuse so that women can have a better chance at healthy, responsible, self-reliant living to pass the skills on to future generations.
The projected vision is to build Collaborative Women across the nation through a proactive empowerment program, which is fundamental to independent survival and the foundation for the organisation.
Leading the safe, affordable housing revolution for women along the path to wellness and independence