One25

One25 Outreach Van

The streets are a dark, lonely and dangerous place for the 130 women that are street sex-working in Bristol. Our outreach service offers a life-line for women and a vital first step towards a safer and healthier life. The One25 van goes out 5 nights a week providing a safe haven to vulnerable women.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

open_in_new https://one25.org.uk/

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1062391)

Campaign target

£25,000

Amount raised

£25,716

Donations

200

Championed by Helping Hands Fund

  • One25's van ladies make me feel like I am worth something.

    — Alisha

  • Just knowing the van is there makes me feel safer.

    — Anonymous

  • Someone cares enough and values me enough to come out at night and find me.

    — Jen

Situation

Women who street sex work in Bristol are some of the most marginalised women in our community . They are trapped in a “work-score-use” cycle which causes neglect of basic needs and makes it extremely difficult for them to imagine alternative possibilities for their lives. All women who street sex work in Bristol are in addiction, 80% are homeless, and 92% are malnourished. Many suffer trauma and are at high risk of experiencing violence . They are often alone and have no one to turn to.

Solution

Outreach teams drive the van around Bristol’s red light areas at night, meeting women’s basic needs by providing nutritious food, first aid, hot drinks, warm clothing, condoms and safety alarms. Often our first contact with women, they build trust and offer the chance to talk in a safe space. Teams encourage women to get more in-depth help by visiting our drop-in or seeing a caseworker. They also flag violent perpetrators (via police alerts), and bring women to emergency housing or healthcare.