Women’s Space awarded grant from The National Lottery Community Fund

Funding will pay for monthly events which offer women a safe place to meet with other women who have similar life experiences and a shared experience of homelessness.

Action Homeless are celebrating after being awarded a £6930 grant from The National Lottery Community Fund towards our Women’s Open Space project.

The Women’s Open Space is a collaboration between Action Homeless and The Bridge Leicester, both organisations supporting people affected by homelessness locally. Each month sees a different activity for women to get involved in, an opportunity to enjoy some food and drink and access to practical items such a toiletries should they need it.

The Open Space welcomes women who are currently homeless, residing in temporary accommodation or refuge as well as those who have recently resettled into a more permanent home following a period of homelessness.

Eilidh Stringer, Funding Manager at Action Homeless said;

‘We’ve listened to women in our services who have really benefitted a women’s only environment and thanks to this funding, we are able to continue to offer these sessions and build on our work to meet the needs of women affected by homelessness.’

The sessions combat loneliness and isolation; enable women to grow and strengthen their social networks and provide practical help and assistance to help women to navigate a route out of homelessness. The project also strengthens women’s voices as lived experience insight is gathered by staff and volunteers during the sessions which then feeds into organisational policy; practice and strategy.