As members of the London Violence against Women and Girls Consortium we have been working together our Ascent project partners to provide advice and counselling services to women and girls affected by violence in all 33 London Boroughs. An evaluation report funded by Trust for London and recently published by Solace Women’s Aid demonstrates the value of the work being undertaken by the partnership.
The report reveals that:
- 24,000 women and girls have been supported since April 2013
- For every £1 spent Ascent Advice and Counselling created approximately £6 of social value
- Volunteers supporting the project feel more fulfilled and have increased career prospects
- Rights of Women’s training to professionals has increased their ability to give legal support to service users at a time when access to affordable legal advice has become severely limited
The report also highlights the importance of BME specialist services and how the partnership has enabled small BME organisations to preserve their services.
Find out more about Rights of Women’s work as part of the Ascent project here