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Win for Women's Support in West Sussex

Turning Tides, in partnership with Brighton Women’s Centre and Safe in Sussex, have successfully secured a unique opportunity to help support women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in areas across West Sussex.

Over 200 organisations across the country applied to Homeless Link’s grants programme, funded by the Government’s Tampon Tax Fund. Turning Tides is one of 29 charities across England, working with women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, to receive a grant. The 12 month grant aims to increase and enhance gender- and trauma-informed services across the country.

Welcoming the grant, April Baker, Head of Development at Turning Tides, said: "We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of so many women who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Our female clients have been clear that being able to work through issues in safe, women only environments is pivotal and we have now have the resource needed to provide this incredible service.”

Marie, who currently resides in one of Turning Tides’ projects attests that following years of sexual and physical abuse the women’s only group held at St Clare’s Community Hub in Worthing was somewhere she would go to because “I knew I was safe there. I gradually pieced my life together. With support I found the stability my life needed in order to learn how to process what I had been through…. I am so very lucky - I don’t like to think what would have become of me without their help and support.”

In England over 640 women sleep on our streets every night and thousands more don’t have access to a safe or suitable home. Turning Tides in partnership with Brighton Women’s Centre and Safe in Sussex, will increase the provision of female only environments to encourage more women to access the vital support they need. Brighton Women’s centre are a women’s specialist charity focusing on gender and trauma informed work. Safe in Sussex specialise in supporting those experiencing domestic abuse.

Sophie Gibson, Partnerships and Development Manager at Brighton Women’s Centre remarked that “Brighton Women’s Centre are delighted to be working in partnership with Turning Tides and Safe in Sussex to reduce women’s homelessness in Worthing and Adur. Funding from Homeless Link ensures that services for homeless women developed in 2015 are extended and a women centred approach is embedded across wider services ensuring that women get the right support at the right time.”

Louise Gisbey, Development and Sustainability Manager at Safe in Sussex said the organisation was “delighted to be working in partnership with Turning Tides and Brighton Women's Centre to provide a gendered and holistic approach to supporting vulnerable women in the Littlehampton area. The funding will provide a dedicated worker which will enable the vision to end women's homelessness and recognise the complexities faced by women experiencing homelessness.” 

The partnership hope to transform the support received by women in West Sussex through a variety of innovative ways such as:

  • collectively focusing on prevention as well as reducing the number of homeless women,
  • enhancing women-only spaces and provision to increase the number of women accessing support,
  • ensuring lived experience is integral to the design and delivery of services,
  • researching and sharing expertise and learning to enhance provision in the future.