Advice and Counselling
This project is a partnership within the London Violence Against Women and Girls VAWG Consortium, funded by London Councils. By providing front-line services and holistic advice, counselling and support, IMECE enabled greater numbers BAMER women and girls affected by VAWG to:
- access coordinated and specialist support
- increase their safety
- aid recovery into independence
The services provided under this project include specialist one-to-one support, drop-ins, specialist group work activities and confidence building workshops and outreach support through surgery at Enfield Women’s Centre. The project has been huge success and work supported hundreds of women and girls in their safety and recovery in London Boroughs of Hackney, Islington, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Waltham Forest, Newham, and Havering.
Ending Harmful Practices (EHP)
This project is funded by London Councils to improve service provision for those affected by VAWG, with a particular focus on harmful practices. Advice and support offered by the project included accommodation/refuge, emotional support/counselling, welfare and benefits advice, language support, advice around appropriate action to take, risk assessment and safety planning, signposting to other services/professionals, no recourse to public funds, immigration, and legal matters, and outreach including visits alongside other practitioners. We provide this service in the following London’s boroughs; Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Lewisham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.
Prevention, Whole School Approach
The Whole School Approach is part of the London Councils funded prevention strand. IMECE delivered the project in Hackney and Camden this year and aims to create Champion schools amongst these boroughs with specialisms in one of 3 Harmful Practices (FGM, FM or HBV). Through education on the signs, risks, barriers and available support the project hopes to be an effective measure of prevention on VAWG for the younger generation. The project runs in various educational settings such as primary schools, secondary schools and youth centres reaching to pupils, teachers and parents in an effort to build environments efficiently equipped in supporting young people on VAWG.