What is the Feeling Safe Project?
Kairos Women Working Together is a charity that was set up in 1999 and supports women within Coventry who have experienced, or are at risk of sexual exploitation and/or street sex-working. The Feeling Safe Project is a project within Kairos WWT that was set up in 2012, and focuses on the transitional period from children's to adult's services. We work in a gender-informed and trauma-informed way, ensuring that we fulfill a person-centered approach and that all women supported by the Feeling Safe project have a bespoke support package.
Who do the Feeling Safe Project support?
The Feeling Safe Project supports women in Coventry between the ages of 18 and 24. Women who may benefit from the Feeling Safe Project are those who have multiple and complex needs including, but not limited to; sexual exploitation, domestic violence, sexual abuse, sex-working, homelessness, substance abuse, poor mental/physical/sexual health, criminal activity or gang affiliation, financial difficulties or no recourse to public funds, isolation, a lack of positive support networks, and many more.
What services do the Feeling Safe Project offer?
- Floating Support - advocacy work, signposting, referring and attending appointments with the women in areas such as probation, social care, mental health, drug recovery and homelessness, or other practical work such as CV writing, bills and grant applications
- 1-1 Prison In-Reach – visiting women in prisons, supporting them on the day of their release, and offering ongoing floating support in relation to criminal justice
- Horse Therapy – taking women horse riding to help with their mental well-being and self-esteem.
- Group Work – weekly group sessions with an aim to increase the safety, stability and self-belief of the women by meeting new people, gaining knowledge and learning new skills through weekly group sessions and a 6-week Summer Programme
- Awareness Raising Sessions – these are Protective Behaviours sessions to inform young people about the issues surrounding sexual exploitation. Sessions can be delivered on a 1-1 basis or as group work in the local community. All sessions can be tailored to the needs of the individual or the group, and we can deliver a wide range of topics such as grooming, consent, prostitution, relationships, self-esteem, bullying, victim blaming etc.
Please be mindful that services are currently limited due to COVID-19 however we are still taking on referrals.