We have recently started a female-focused drop-in service with Together Women Project (TWP) in Hull.

Located at their George Street centre, we run a weekly advice and guidance drop-in at 10am until 1pm every Wednesday.

With funding from the Ministry of Justice, TWP was set up in 2006. The idea was to develop and test a new gender-specific community approach to women offenders and women at risk of offending. They became an independent charity in April 2009 and continue to offer a range of services, helping women in the Yorkshire and Humberside region to move away from crime and build positive futures in a women-only space.

What they quickly found was that a lot of their time was being dedicated to accommodation issues, and so they approached HHCP in order to broaden their reach to those women affected by homelessness.

HHCP volunteer Caroline Potter is at the centre each week and chats with any females in need of suitable accommodation, a transition from their current accommodation, or who are at risk of losing their homes.

“It’s a chance to have a cup of tea and a chat. They can also grab a bite to eat and a shower if they want. Some ladies might not be ready to fully engage with us, but we are here to support them when they need it,” Support Lead Caroline explains.

Up to now, we have been running one-to-one sessions and dealing with accommodation issues, but as the project grows and we begin to build a relationship with these women, we will be able to expand our offerings.

“A lady has shown an interest in arts and crafts recently, so we’re going to put out some materials for everyone to join in with if they want to. It just gives them an opportunity to feel supported and part of something.”

If the Together Women Project is something that you’d like to get involved in, please drop us an email at info@hullhomeless.co.uk.