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Stonepillow are extremely proud to announce the opening of a new Therapeutic Women’s Service, providing a safe supported space, with access to therapeutic services helping single homeless women with multiple needs to rebuild their lives.

#NationalLottery players have made this project possible, and consequently we are making a huge difference to the lives of our clients. Thank you #NationalLottery funding!

The new residential service will offer a shared house, and full time specifically trained women’s workers providing the wrap around support for women where refuges or mixed gender hostels are not a realistic option. A female-only service has been an aspiration for Stonepillow for some time and was accelerated by the pandemic due to the increasing complexity and severity of the issues with which women have been presenting to us. Lockdown for some women has been extremely frightening and isolating.

In March 2021 an application was submitted to the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, and a positive outcome was received very quickly to fund the new service for three years. By August 2021 the project was launched. Stonepillow would like to thank their partner agencies ‘Safe in Sussex’ and ‘My Sister’s House’, who will support this project with the specialist services and training they offer to vulnerable women.

CEO Hilary Bartle said, “We are excited about being able to provide a sanctuary with access to specialist support for some of the most vulnerable females in our community. This service will enable and empower the women to rebuild their lives by providing a therapeutic environment to help improve their health and wellbeing, leading to sustainable independence”.