They are in crisis: using dangerous drugs to cope with trauma, sex working to fund their addiction and further traumatised by violence. It’s dangerous, lonely and difficult to leave.
Night van volunteers offer safety, love and practical support. For women who’ve experienced a lifetime of abuse, it can be the starting point for brave steps away from the street. Outreach teams meet women’s basic needs by providing nutritious food, first aid, warm clothing, condoms, safety alarms etc. They provide the chance to talk and get advice in a safe space and encourage women to get more in-depth help by visiting our drop-in or seeing a caseworker.
"Without the outreach bus, I would not have gone to the drop-in to get prescriptions and I wouldn’t have seen what One25 could do for me or believe I was capable of change. The outreach bus is necessary to reach those so far out of society they would otherwise be unreachable."- Gabby
The life-controlling cycle of selling sex to buy and take drugs (for themselves and often for a coercive partner) stops women taking care of their basic needs. They are acutely malnourished and many are so ill that they should be hospitalised. Outreach teams also give emergency help in a crisis, for example when a woman has been attacked. In these cases highly-trained volunteers can support a woman to give details of the attack which can then be used to warn other women (Ugly Mugs). Read Jo’s first hand account of taking an Ugly Mug report on the van.
Van outreach operates five nights a week: 9pm til midnight from Monday to Thursday and 9pm to 1.30am on Fridays. Our Freephone number is 08006 125125.