charities supported by HER Stories 2017
Our 2017 event raised funds for three charities supporting women facing domestic violence, poverty, and sexual exploitation.
Solace Women’s Aid is an independent charity who have been supporting women and children in London to build safe and strong lives for more than 40 years.
Solace has provided life-saving support to more than 11,000 women and children survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and maintained positive outcomes, despite increasing need and operating in a difficult financial environment. With continuous funding cuts Solace has worked creatively to ensure we still meet the needs of women & children who need to be safe and recover from abuse.
Through training, advice, counseling and advocacy support, Solace Women’s Aid works alongside survivors to empower them to achieve independent lives free from abuse. They continue to launch exciting new services to meet the ongoing needs of survivors. These include move on accommodation for trafficked and sexually exploited women, holistic therapeutic services in Camden and an innovative youth-led prevention and support project, Hear2Change.
“When you are alone - your support can be the difference between wanting to end it or for me to carry on. I feel able to manage life with the support.”
— Solace Women's Aid service user, advice & advocacy
Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 struggling to live on low or no pay in England and Wales and who are at risk of being tapped in poverty.
There are over 1 million young women who face a lifetime of financial, social and emotional disadvantage because they don’t have a job or are in low-paid, insecure work.
Young women remain more likely than young men to be out of work or in low-paid jobs, with few prospects of progression.
Young Women’s Trust is committed to ensuring that young women have continued opportunities for success, providing job coaching and advice as well as directly challenging discrimination.
The charity works in three ways:
- Give young women a voice – through PARTICIPATION and ADVOCACY they ensure that young women can create change.
- Campaign for change– they run CAMPAIGNS that will make a positive impact in the lives of young women today.
- Direct support - Work It Out is a FREE TELEPHONE AND ONLINE COACHING SERVICE and JOB APPLICATION SUPPORT SERVICE for young women aged 16-30
Beyond the Streets is a UK charity who sees the possibility of life Beyond sexual exploitation. They work to see woman safe from coercion, violence and abuse.
It creates routes out for women by working with others and challenging the stigma that surrounds sexual exploitation. The charity wants to see women not defined by their past but energised by their future.
Beyond the Streets has been working on behalf of women exploited through prostitution since 1999. The vision is to see a world where people are free from exploitation, and where those involved in prostitution have the option to pursue genuine alternatives, free from constraints such as drug use, abusive relationships and poverty.
Their work began in 1995, with a small number of grassroots projects becoming increasingly aware of the urgent need for holistic, specialist support for those experiencing sexual exploitation.
Working in partnership with local projects across the UK, Beyond the Streets helps to address the needs of those in prostitution through the provision of drop-ins, in-person street outreach, court diversion schemes, prison visiting, safe houses, home visits, counselling, and a telephone line for women to call, providing emotional support and connecting women with much-needed services.
Due to lack of funding, Beyond the Streets does not currently have the capacity to meet demand among women seeking exit routes from prostitution and exploitation.