Footprints has been given the site of a former bank site in Bournemouth. We are raising funds to equip the Centre and to provide sessions for female ex-offenders to enable them to increase their self-esteem, skills and positive social relationships including art, yoga gardening and counselling etc
It ran from 12:00 PM, 8 March 2022 to 12:00 PM, 22 March 2022
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1110916)
Female offenders are a socially disadvantaged group. 53% female offenders experienced abuse as a child, 31% were taken into care, 81% were unemployed before prison, 49% suffer from both depression and anxiety and 25% have indicators of psychosis. There is no specific women's centre in Dorset and female specific support difficult to access across the area, leading to gaps in provision and an increase in time for women to access help.
The Bank will be a community space for up to 40 women per day, with clothing and food banks, individual and group support and skills training to help women increase their self-esteem, develop new skills and new pro-social connections. We expect to support 100-200 women. We will work with and co-locate other agencies at the Bank increasing access to support. Agencies will include NHS, Probation, Dorset Mind and Bournemouth CAB as well as Acts Fast (Sexual abuse support for families)
It really helped talking to someone every week about how my life was going and the actions I needed to take to better myself.
“I first started with Footprints couple of years ago and I've been on a rollercoaster of a ride in that time. I struggle massively with trusting professionals and getting work done but you are the only ones I've ever let in and trusted."
I get the chance to practice patience, kindness and being non-judgmental, while at the same time I am learning to be assertive, understanding and really interested in the diversity of each person’s life. It takes me out of my comfort zone and into a world that is far from my own.
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