The Nelson Trust

Somerset Women's Centre

To support women who have been in contact with the criminal justice system or are at risk of being in contact, by providing a one-stop-shop of specialised services including community sentences, probation meetings, and access to specialists for help with finances, relationships, and mental health.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1056672)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£7,500

Amount raised

£8,304

Donations

36

    Category

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

  • I have been with The Nelson Trust for support for four years and the workers have been a great help to me. The groups are great and I've finally got a home through the help of me support and I don't know what I'd do without them. They are a great help to us women in need.

    — Client

  • I was in group and they were talking about people who inspire you to 1. get clean 2. look forward to the future 3. encouragement. A lot of people we saying their mum, dad, sibling etc... However I chose to pick you. You are my inspiration as you believe in me and help me every step of the way.

    — Client

  • It is a loving, warm and friendly environment. I can feel safe with no judgement. As a working girl, it's hard to trust, but the SWOP always welcomes with open hands. I would be lost without them.

    — SWOP Client

  • I have been with The Nelson Trust for support for four years and the workers have been a great help to me. The groups are great and I've finally got a home through the help of me support and I don't know what I'd do without them. They are a great help to us women in need.

    — Client

  • It is a loving, warm and friendly environment. I can feel safe with no judgement. As a working girl, it's hard to trust, but the SWOP always welcomes with open hands. I would be lost without them.

    — SWOP Client

  • I was in group and they were talking about people who inspire you to 1. get clean 2. look forward to the future 3. encouragement. A lot of people we saying their mum, dad, sibling etc... However I chose to pick you. You are my inspiration as you believe in me and help me every step of the way.

    — Client

Situation

This project is offering support for women who have been in contact with the criminal justice system or are at risk of being in contact. 85% of women sent to prison serve short sentences of less than six months. During this time their children are taken into social care, they lose their accommodation and their job. They may be overcome by symptoms of withdrawal if they were abusing substances, or poor mental health and isolation. Some women attempt suicide in prison because they lose family.

Solution

The Somerset Women's Centre will offer community sentences as an alternative for low-risk women who would otherwise serve time in Eastwood Park Prison. There are spaces to have probation meetings, a free crèche for children, and facilities for washing, cooking, and a room to claim donated items such as SIM cards for mobile phones and winter coats. The Centre will be home to the Change Team - a group of keyworkers, in-reach workers, and family intervention specialists in a welcoming environment.