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Services for Young Women provided by Women and Girls Network

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What is The CouRAGEus Project?

We are a diverse group of organisations who work with young women affected by violence and abuse.

We support Black and minoritised young women. This includes those from ethnic minority groups, LGBT+ and disabled young women.

We can support you if:

  • You are aged 14-24
  • You live, work or study in any London Borough
  • You are worried about or have experienced violence, abuse or exploitation
  • You are experiencing trauma or emotional distress

We know that young women and girls are often overlooked or misunderstood so we work together to ensure that you get the support you deserve.

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What we offer

1:1 Advocacy

Advocacy is emotional and practical support which helps you to have your voice heard, ensuring you get all the resources you need to move forward. 

Your advocate will work alongside you and can and help to raise concerns – for example with teachers and social workers.

We offer two different types of Advocacy - Specialist Advocacy for young women who have experienced violence, and face disadvantage because of their identites.

Multiple Disadvantage Advocacy is holistic, long-term specialist support for minoritised young women experiencing multiple disadvantage or have 'complex needs'.

Counselling

Counselling offers you the opportunity to talk to someone 1:1 to process difficult emotions and experiences.

This can support your wellbeing by building on your personal strengths. Our specialist young women’s counsellors will listen to you, respect and believe you.

Community Engagement Work

This is about us coming out to you to raise awareness and offer support. We offer workshops, activities and group work to increase awareness of violence and abuse, and to build young women’s resiliency.

We also provide training to professionals and parents to ensure the whole community is empowered to support you.

Experts by Experience Programme

Young women are experts in their own lives: you know best how services can support you.  We have lots of opportunities for young women to help shape the support we offer whilst learning new skills. This means our work is always led by the needs and wishes of young women like you.

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CouRAGEus Values

We are committed to a better future for young women through resistance, resilience and rebellion!

We respect your privacy!

This means we will not share information about you without your consent unless you or someone else is at risk of serious harm.

If we think we might need to share any information about you we will talk to you about this first.

We Celebrate Diversity!

We understand the challenges that come with the different parts of your identity as a young woman - including ethnicity, disability, class, immigration status, gender and sexual orientation. We are here to work with you to overcome these challenges.

We see you for you!

We understand that finding the right support can be difficult. We are a diverse group of organisations who will work together to ensure you get the best support for your needs.

We believe in healing!

We understand the impact of trauma on your wellbeing and behaviour. We do not judge you because of the difficult experiences you have had. We will support you to move forward.

Getting support from our Partners

Here you can find information about our partners and how they can support you. We've organised them based on where they work, so you can find the right support for where you live, work or study.

If you'd like support but you're not sure where to start, you can call Women and Girls Network's Advice Line on 0808 801 0660 or email us at couRAGEus@wgn.org.uk

GALOP logo Galop

Who do we support? LGBT+ young people of any gender

What areas do we cover? All of London

What support do we provide? Specialist Advocacy

Waiting list:

How to get in touch: referrals@galop.org.uk or 07555 278225

online form: www.galop.org.uk/report/ 

 

IKWRO - Women's Rights Organisation logo IKWRO - Women's Rights Organisation

Who do we support? Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls

What areas do we cover? All of London

What support do we provide? Specialist Advocacy, Therapy

Support can be provided in  Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish and Pashto

Waiting list:

How to get in touch: advice@ikwro.org.uk or 020 7920 6460

www.ikwro.org.uk

 

respond logo Respond

Who do we support? Young women with learning disabilities and/or autism

What areas do we cover? All of London

What support do we provide? Specialist Advocacy

Waiting list:

How to get in touch: referrals@respond.org.uk or 020 7383 0700

www.respond.org.uk/

 

Jewish Women's aid logoJewish Women's Aid

Who do we support? Jewish women and girls

What areas do we cover? All of London

What support do we provide? Specialist Advocacy, Therapy

Waiting list:

How to get in touch: clientsupport@jwa.org.uk or 020 8445 8060

www.jwa.org.uk

Solace logo Solace Women’s Aid

Who do we support? Young women

What areas do we cover? Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.

What support do we provide? Multiple Disadvantage Advocacy, Therapy, Community Engagement Work

Waiting list:

How to get in touch: cypservice@solacewomensaid.org or 07484010014

www.solacewomensaid.org

WGN logoWomen and Girls Network

Who do we support? Young women

What areas do we cover? South and West London

What support do we provide? Multiple Disadvantage Advocacy (in Brent, Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth and Southwark only), Therapy, Community Engagement Work

Waiting list:

How to get in touch: ywa@wgn.org.uk or WGN Advice Line: 0808 801 0660

www.wgn.org.uk/

 

Solace logo Solace Women’s Aid

Who do we support? Young women

What areas do we cover? Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark

What support do we provide? Multiple Disadvantage Advocacy, Therapy, Community Engagement Work

Waiting list:

How to get in touch: cypservice@solacewomensaid.org or 07484010014

www.solacewomensaid.org

Ashiana network logoAshiana Network

Who do we support? BME women and girls

What areas do we cover? Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

What support do we provide? Specialist Advocacy, Multiple Disadvantage Advocacy, Therapy

Support can be provided in South Asian and Middle Eastern Languages.

Waiting list:

How to get in touch: info@ashiana.org.uk or 020 8539 0427

www.ashiana.org.uk

 

Nia logoNia

Who do we support? Young women

What areas do we cover? East London

What support do we provide? Specialist Advocacy, Community Engagement Work

Waiting list:

How to get in touch: For Advocacy: Helpline - 0800 160 1036 or rapecrisis@niaendingviolence.org.uk

For Community Engagement: info@niaendingviolence.org.uk or 020 7683 1270

www.niaendingviolence.org.uk

WGN logoWomen and Girls Network

Who do we support? Young women

What areas do we cover? South and West London

What support do we provide? Multiple Disadvantage Advocacy (in Brent, Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth and Southwark only), Therapy, Community Engagement Work

Waiting list:

How to get in touch: ywa@wgn.org.uk or WGN Advice Line: 0808 801 0660

www.wgn.org.uk/

 

advance logoAdvance

Who do we support? Young women

What areas do we cover? Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster

What support do we provide? Specialist Advocacy

Waiting list:

How to get in touch: angelou@advancecharity.org.uksecure.admin@advance.cjsm.net or 020 8741 7008

advancecharity.org.uk/

 

Southall Black Sisters logoSouthall Black Sisters 

Who do we support? BME women and girls

What areas do we cover? Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston-Upon-Thames and Richmond.

What support do we provide? Multiple Disadvantage Advocacy

Support can be provided in Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali and Urdu. 

Waiting list:

How to get in touch: info@southallblacksisters.co.uk or 020 8571 9595

www.southallblacksisters.org.uk

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