A support service helping to turnaround the lives of vulnerable sex workers is expanding the care it provides thanks to a grant from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
PCC Rupert Matthews made a special visit to The Falcon Centre in Loughborough this week to hand over a cheque for £17,582 in recognition of the vital preventative work The Annex project is undertaking. The project is provided by Falcon Support Services EM Ltd.
The funding will enable the team to launch a new pro-active outreach service and fund diversionary activities to help vulnerable women build confidence and self-esteem and prevent them from being drawn into the criminal justice system.
Mr Matthews said: “PCCs have a moral duty to protect the vulnerable and support people to get the help they need. These responsibilities are now more critical than ever and it’s vital we do all we can to prevent these vulnerable women from further harm and from being drawn into the justice system through their lifestyles.
“I was really impressed with the work of The Annex and the progress being made to protect the wellbeing and futures of these women. Building self-confidence is vital to helping service users discover their strengths and exit prostitution and I’m pleased this funding will provide more opportunities for personal growth.
“I made it clear in my manifesto that I would provide those at risk of crime with effective intervention and rehabilitation services to change their lives and this will continue to be a focus during my term.”
The Annex runs three in-house sessions per week for service users including a health session.
The grant ensures the service can continue with the addition of diversionary activities and two outreach sessions per week, helping the team to build relationships on the streets and to respond to immediate needs.
Alongside specialist support for housing, substance misuse, offending behaviour, welfare/benefits, debt advice, and practical help including food, laundry and shower facilities, the project supports women in reporting sexual assault and crime.
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Posted on Monday 5th July 2021