Nottinghamshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Cutland highlighted her commitment to protecting vulnerable women in Nottingham by visiting a charity project supporting female sex workers.
Deputy Commissioner Chris Cutland, who is former chief executive of Women’s Aid in Nottinghamshire, visited the Jericho Road Project to witness first-hand the value Community Safety Partnership Funding has brought to the scheme.
The project was recently awarded a grant worth £8,500 from Commissioner Paddy Tipping’s Community Safety Partnership Fund to expand the supportive services it provides to women affected by the sex industry in Nottingham.
The charity has four main areas of work including providing an outreach service where volunteers meet with women working in the City’s red light district to provide an opportunity to talk and seek help from other supportive services. It also runs the Life Centre – a drop-in centre operating four afternoons a week offering food, clothing, toiletries and the opportunity to get involved with craft activities. It also allows women to be referred to other services such as housing or substance misuse support.
Other aspects of the project’s work includes the development of a befriending service which aims to build stronger relationships with women to help them make positive lifestyle choices and develop new skills as well as a prison visiting/resettlement programme to help support and resettle women on release from prison.
Deputy Commissioner Cutland said: “I really want to improve our preventative response to vulnerable women who are at greatest risk of becoming victims of crime including those who are affected by domestic abuse and those who work within the sex industry.
“The Jericho Road project is helping to build self-esteem and confidence in the women who are utilising the services – two hugely important steps to building a safer and more fulfilling lifestyle. Few women engage in this type of work through choice and are often trapped in a cycle of drug abuse, low-esteem and little aspiration for the future. It’s crucial that we renew hope and offer them a way of turning their back on this world permanently and protecting them from violence and exploitation.”
The funding provided to the Jericho Road Project will help fund the running costs of the Life Centre and establish the befriending programme. The latter will see trained befrienders meeting regularly with women who would like support and help with gaining new life and employment skills and housing advice.
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Posted on Friday 22nd November 2013