Manchester Action On Street Health

A safer world for women who are sex working

For 30 years, MASH has stood with women who sex work, supporting them to be safe, healthy and resilient. We have always had a strong focus on choice and empowerment. We meet women where they are at, and provide a range of non-judgemental advice & support services. “I call them my woman army.”

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1051754)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£6,000

Amount raised

£6,100

Donations

90

Championed by The Reed Foundation

    Categories

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge
  • Mental HealthMental Health

    Helping

  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

"If I'd been left to my own devices. I don't think I would have found that strength.” The women MASH supports are some of the strongest and most resilient we’ve ever met. Heartbreakingly, sex workers are more likely to be a victim of crime, experience poverty, addictions, isolation, health issues, homelessness and enduring mental illness. We work alongside women to help open doors and provide practical and emotional support.

Solution

“Hand on heart I was in such a bad way I don’t think that I could have carried on. I genuinely believe you’ve actually saved my life.” We focus on the reality of women’s lives, and how we can work with them to create the change that works for them. Our services include outreach via our mobile van 5 nights a week; a drop-in centre five days a week; a sexual and reproductive health clinic; counselling; and one to one casework to support with needs such as housing or addictions.

  • “I can honestly say hand on heart I was in such a bad way I don’t think that I could have carried on. So from my heart thanks to you I genuinely believe you’ve actually saved my life.”

    — Woman supported by MASH

  • "Thank you! MASH has helped me so much you all really care, I’ve been around on the street for years but never bothered with you. I thought I don’t need them to help me I’m fine by myself but now I know how wrong I was cos you’ve helped me so much”

    — Woman supported by MASH

  • “I cannot believe this service is out here it makes me feel safe knowing you are about. All of you are great and getting a hot chocolate late at night when your freezing cold and a listening ear is a pick me up thanks”.

    — A new service user using the MASH van