Get the right help to women, at the right time
04 March 2014
Last year there were more than 10,000 women in homelessness services in the UK. Their histories are a sad chronicle of missed opportunities to get the right help to women, at the right time.
In 2012 30% of people entering treatment at Blenheim were homeless.
The Rebuilding Shattered Lives report by St Mungo’s highlights the exceptionally complicated and connected problems these women face. These problems include separation from children, mental and physical ill health, prison sentences, drug and alcohol use and involvement in prostitution. These problems often stem from trauma following violence and abuse.
National leadership is key to getting the right help, at the right time to women who are homeless or at risk. Support needs to be holistic and gender sensitive. The report makes ten recommendations on how support can be designed to address these complex and interrelated needs.
“Blenheim has been pleased to contribute to this important piece of work and welcomes the recommendations contained in the final report. It is crucially important that we get homeless women the right help at the right time. This report is not the end but needs to be the start of the beginning. The challenge to organisations and individuals now is to quote Mahatma Gandhi “be the change you wish to see in the world.” John Jolly, Blenheim CEO.
Please do share this report amongst your peers and contacts.