Quaker Housing Trust supports The Jericho Foundation’s innovative Live, Work and Heal Hub

For women who have experienced domestic violence and similar abuse, the road to recovery can be a long and difficult process with many challenges to be overcome. Simply finding a safe and secure place to live after leaving refuge accommodation, finding work and financial independence and building new friendship and support networks can be just some of the barriers that these women face. Helping people to overcome barriers and rebuild their lives is something that The Jericho Foundation is good at.

The Foundation has been aware of this need in the community for some years. Now with generous support from Quaker Housing Trust (QHT), Jericho, together with partners Gilgal and the Bethel Health and Healing Network, has purchased a building in which it plans to create an innovative recovery and transition hub for women who have experienced domestic violence and similar abuse.

Welcoming the start of the Hub development, QHT Secretary Paula Harvey, said: “Quaker Housing Trust is pleased to have helped The Jericho Foundation realize this new project. Our Feasibility Study Grant enabled the foundation to test its plans at an early stage, and our subsequent funding towards the Hub is making the imitative a reality for the many local women who are in need of its services.”

The new Live, Work and Heal Hub (LWHH) will provide a completely new approach to enabling women to access the help and support they need to recover from and build a happy, prosperous life after abuse. The hub initiative was developed following consultation with women, relevant organisations and research. LWHH will focus on the three major barriers to recovery that all the women consulted identified and will address them under one roof.

1. LIVE:  A solution for women who have great difficulty in securing safe, secure, affordable settled accommodation once they have left a refuge or other temporary housing. A range of accommodation will be available for up to one year for women without children who cannot find suitable accommodation after crisis housing ends.
2. WORK:  Help and support for women to obtain the workplace skills and experience they need to achieve employment and gain financial independence. There will be a Social Enterprise providing supported /therapeutic work opportunities, volunteering opportunities and work experience as well as help with CV writing, interview skills, job search and confidence building.
3. HEAL:  The Hub will help women recover and build resilience by offering: a floating Support Service that will focus on practical issues; counselling and on-site therapeutic support; and social, recreational, learning and peer support opportunities for women to help them build friendships and support networks, develop hobbies and interests, learn new skills and help them move forwards with their lives.
Jericho is grateful for the generous support of QHT and anticipates completion of the Hub during 2019.

Richard Beard, Jericho CEO, said: “Without the support of generous donors, this exciting and much needed project would simply not exist, we are confident that this new initiative will have a very significant and lasting impact on the wellbeing of women who have suffered abuse.”

The Jericho Foundation can be contacted at www.jericho.org.uk
Quaker Housing Trust can be contacted at www.qht.org.uk
Bethel Health and Healing Network can be contacted at www.bethelnetwork.org.uk
Gilgal can be contacted at www.gilgalbham.org.uk

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