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Networkfour originated back in December 2008 with the vision to see Birmingham's most vulnerable and deprived young people and adults offered a chance to see hope and transformation. Since then Networkfour continues to establish and grow to now provide support for many hundreds of adults and young people to find steps to change and a positive future.

Their hubs work directly with West Midlands Police and support Local Policing Units and Offender Management Teams offering nine bespoke intervention care pathways  across the following areas for any individual referred to us through West Midlands Police, probation and youth offending teams:

  • Health                                    
  • Housing                                           
  • Alcohol and substances
  • Children of those sanctioned by criminal justice
  • Families
  • Benefits, finance and debt
  • Attitudes thinking and behaviour
  • Education, training and employment
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual exploitation
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The Magdalene Group support women working in prostitution and provide support to help them exit and leave the often violent and damaging lifestyle behind them.

They aim to improve the quality of people lives through preventing sexual exploitation and coercion and support to those involved in sex work and offer opportunities for change.

Their objectives include: 

  • Providing  a drop-in service that offers a safe and positive place that seeks to engage and build relationships with the women in order to help them manage their everyday lives.
  • Providing advocacy for the women within a range of health, social care, education, criminal justice and wider community.
  • Providing a range of prevention and support services to young people at risk of exploitation.
  • Reaching out and engaging with women working in sex work and/or at risk of sexual exploitation and developing innovative ways of making contact in an endlessly adapting environment.
  • Developing a befriending scheme that is responsive to the individual needs of the clients.
  • Forming and maintaining good partnership working with other voluntary and statutory agencies to ensure holistic packages of care and support.


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Based in the north east of England, Norcare provides housing support and a whole range of other services for some of the most vulnerable groups in society including those suffering alcohol or drug addiction, those with mental health issues and victims of domestic violence. They take a holistic approach, working closely with clients to help them address the challenges they face in all aspects of their lives.

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women@thewell is a drop in centre, based in Kings Cross, for women offering them advice and support on the following:

  • street based prostitution
  • involvement in the criminal justice system 
  • anti-social behaviour
  • problematic drug and alcohol abuse
  • rough sleeping
  • trafficking

In 2011 they supported 337 women, some with multiple needs: 

  • 225 needed help with accommodation
  • 167 needed support around drug and alcohol issues
  • 249 had support needs relating to abuse, rape and domestic violence.
  • 224 women had problems with finance, benefits and debt,
  • 258 were suffering from mental and or physical ill-health
  • 116 disclosed invovlement in prostitution 





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Zinthiya Trust


The Zinthiya Trust is a charity working to support women from disadvantaged backgrounds, such as those who may have found their way into crime and sex work, and may be suffering from homelessness, long term unemployment or are victims of domestic violence. They provide a free, confidential drop-in service where women are able to go to talk, meet others in similar circumstances, or just to socialise and have fun. The Zinthiya Trust help women get back into work, education and training and help to change lives by offering advice on a wide range of issues, including skills development and career advice. 

The Zinthyia Trust also provide mentoring sessions on a one-to-one basis, allowing them to get to know each woman as an individual and find the most effective way to assist her, with all guidance tailored to specific needs. Working closely with local employers, the charity help to get women into practical work experience and training, as well as helping to change the attidudes and perceptions of others. The Zinthiya Trust pride themselves on being there 'to listen, not to judge', and work with every woman to help her find the best way forward. 

The Zinthiya Trust are based in Leicester. You can find out more about their work by visiting their website: zinthiyatrust.org

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Vulnerable women from all ethnic backgrounds are offered support by the Asha Centre.  Originally providing services to women sanctioned by the criminal justice system, several years ago the remit widenned and the centre now offers support to women from different backgrounds and cultures around the county.

Women in contact with Asha are affected by multiple disadvantages. They are socially excluded, considered 'hard to reach' and do not engage with main stream services. The most common problems are isolation, lack of confidence, depression, mental health, domestic violence and abuse, housing issues, lone parenthood, substance misuse, lack of family support, financial problems and reliance on benefits

Referrals come from different sources: mental health professionals, the Probation Service, prisons, housing providers, substance misuse agencies and other local community agencies. 

Asha offers a range of resources and interventions for educational and employment opportunities which engage women and support them to rebuild their lives.

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Based at the Brighton Women's Centre, Inspire is a project working with women who have been caught up in the criminal justice system. Each woman supported by Inspire has her own senior case worker and together they address individual needs. A holistic approach is offered and women are able to access a range of services, addressing unemployment, improving literacy and numeracy, as well as working with issues such as domestic and sexual violence, substance misuse and mental health.


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Deptford Reach


Deptford Reach work with prisoners on licence, and those who have just been released from prison, to integrate them back into the community. They also work with victims of crime.


The drop-in centre in Deptford supports more than 70 people a day, many with multiple problems who struggle to access other services. Many are homeless, threatened with eviction, unemployed and with histories of mental illness, alcohol or drug misuse. Deptford Reach work with many people who find it difficult to access mainstream services including people from black and ethnic minorities, ex-servicemen, ex-offenders, prisoners on licence, refugees and asylum seekers.


Their work involves working with people who are:

  • either suffering domestic violence or perpetrators of domestic violence
  • engaged in activities to fun their gambling or drug and alcohol habits
  • involved directly or indirectly with the criminal justice system
  • suffering from depression or other issues related to having crimes committed against them or their significant others in their lives

Deptford Reach participate in a project organised by Create called Speak with my Voice, find out more here.

The Anawim Project works with women across Birmingham, including women in and around prostitution, drug addictions and domestic violence (as all are vulnerable to prostitution). The project offers support and counselling to those expressing a wish to leave their current lifestyle. 

Anawim offers courses and activities in anything from art and craftwork, literacy and numeracy, mentoring courses, ICT, self-defence and life skills.

The women receive one to one support on the full range of issues which affect them; housing, benefits, domestic violence, CV writing, accompanying to appointments, attending court and social services case conferences.

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The Trust Women’s Project is situated in Streatham Hill and provides a holistic, woman-centred support service for vulnerable women in South London with current or previous involvement in street based prostitution and/or the criminal justice system.

We aim to provide support that can meet every woman’s need, at whatever stage of her journey she joins Trust.  Women selling sex, involved in the criminal justice system and/ or prostitution can access 1-2-1 support, the REALize group (a rolling programme for women using drugs and/or alcohol), drop-in sessions, a court diversion scheme for women appearing at Camberwell Magistrates' Court on prostitution charges and our street and community outreach programme.  Women moving on from substance misuse, prostitution and offending can access continued 1-2-1 support and the Discover and Living It! group work programmes, which support women to reintegrate into the community through volunteering, training and employment.

Our specialist team can provide support around drug and alcohol use, domestic and sexual violence, children, offending, housing and benefits, motivation and self esteem, and health and wellbeing.  Typical outcomes for clients include improved self worth, gained/maintained abstinence from drugs and alcohol, appropriate housing, stronger coping mechanisms and support networks, improved physical and mental wellbeing and better access to benefits.




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