The number of women we support has been steadily increasing over the past few years. We provide services addressing the specific issues they face.
This work is trauma informed. Many of the women are in extremely vulnerable circumstances and have unaddressed issues around homelessness, mental health, hidden disabilities such as autism, substance misuse, domestic abuse and poverty.
Through the Wonder Plus Project, we provide holistic care and support for women in the community who are involved in or at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system.
Our caseworkers address underlying issues which are holding the women back from progressing their lives. Typically these involve homelessness, poverty, substance misuse, domestic abuse and physical and/or mental health issues. We help with both practical and emotional needs - assisting the women to secure stable accommodation, manage debts and get specialist support with issues around addiction, abuse and health. We also encourage women to take steps towards improving their wellbeing with help around healthier eating, exercise and reducing social isolation. The ultimate aim is to support the women to improve their confidence and skills, enabling them to become independent.
This work is kindly funded through Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner and works with women across the county.
Work with young women
This issue is often hidden and therefore services that address this are often focussed towards the needs of young men. Females face specific issues, particularly around sexual exploitation and violence. Our work provides practical and emotional support to help women recognise signs of exploitation, develop resilience and pursue positive goals and aspirations.