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A photo from More Than We Can Bear, a woman is standing on stage looking towards the ceiling.
21.10.22

Continuing our work in women's centres

As part of the London Women’s Services Alliance, we have been successful in a bid to continue to deliver services to women under probation supervision, and those at risk of contact with the criminal justice system in London. We are proud to be one of the sister organisations who will be delivering this work, alongside Women in Prison, Pecan, Housing for Women, Hibiscus, Advance, Working Chance and Together.

The work is co-commissioned by MoJ, MOPAC, NHS England and Lambeth Council and will mean our trauma informed, gender-specific services in women’s centres can continue until March 2025.

Clean Break’s role in the partnership is to deliver creative interventions and opportunities for women, including workshops in storytelling, singing, drama, performance poetry and creative writing, which complement the range of activities and support on offer at the centres.

“The work that women’s centres do is really really valuable, I have been so lucky to work in them over the years. I’ve met such a wonderful array of women and the workers who are really committed to supporting the women and getting them into a better place.” JB Rose, Creative Group Work Practitioner

“Made me feel a sense of achievement. [it was a] friendly, open, non-judgemental environment.” - Creative group participant

Sonya Ruparel, Chief Executive of Women in Prison says “We are thrilled to continue to work with our fantastic partners to meet the specific needs of women in South and Southeast London who are at risk of contact with the criminal justice system or are under probation supervision. Women who have been criminalised face serious barriers to thriving and we are proud to be able to work alongside them. This funding will enable us to continue to provide our trauma informed, gender specific services and reach more women across South and Southeast London.”

Watch this video to find out more about our work in women’s centres, including how we worked during lockdown.

Image credit: Ali Wright. From More Than We Can Bear: The women's centre play

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