Solace Women’s Aid provides services across London which addresses the support needs of women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence. It provides specialist services in the community and in refuges, to women, children and young people (including dedicated support to Irish and Irish Traveller families). Their services are holistic and empowering so that service users can live independent lives free from abuse
£9,000 was awarded towards Solace Women’s Aid’s specialist project targeted to work particularly with Irish/Irish Traveller female service users who experienced a form of violence against women and girls (VAWG). It has a pan London delivery remit and also provides advice and support to young women and children outside London. The project is run with different elements, including casework, advocacy training, professional training and awareness raising groups. The aim of the project is to provide individual and group support to young women and children under the age of 30 years, who have experienced or may experience domestic violence or sexual violence. Project delivery is conducted by an Irish Travellers Caseworker employed for 3 days per week. This project works in partnership with the Traveller Movement to train women from the Irish and Traveller community to build their skills and abilities to enable them to provide advocacy and support vulnerable young Traveller women and children. TM also delivers training to professionals to raise awareness.
SWA plans to continue this project in 2018/19 and run more workshops for young women and raise awareness. The benefit of awareness raising, workshops and creative activities is two-fold; more women become aware and informed, however more women become aware that their current domestic situations are not acceptable and look towards gaining specialist support. For more information about the work of Solace Women’s Aid visit their website.