Many women have nowhere else that’s safe: sleeping rough or in violent, exploitative situations. Busier than ever, the friendly drop-in is a daytime haven. As well as sharing meals, taking a shower and fresh clothes, it’s the place to get healthcare, casework and creative activities.
From basic needs to expert advice from a caseworker or visiting professional, last year 111 women visited the drop-in to receive crisis care and start their journey to recovery.
"I love going to drop-in: I can get a shower, a meal, a change of clothes. I can get advice on all the right avenues to go down. They've got everything covered. I go in a wreck and come out a new woman."- Sylvia
Without a fixed address or stability in their lives, women on the streets find it incredibly difficult to register with a doctor or make appointments with support agencies to address their critical needs. Drop-in redresses this issue by hosting GPs, nurses and life skills professionals throughout the week. In addition, our drop-in manager works with each woman in crisis – whether following an attack or sudden homelessness – and helps others identify and pursue goals such as signing up for benefits.
Women can come along and cook with our drop-in support worker, where they learn nutrition, catering and food hygiene skills while cooking a meal for the afternoon drop-in session. They can also enjoy creative activities, such as ceramics, joint cooking classes with Square Food Foundation or quilting; learn a life skill such as budgeting or literacy or gain support in accessing community courses. The homely, relaxed atmosphere gives opportunities for the women to develop their skills, improve their self-esteem and build on their capacity for change.