Our Work

Advocacy

Provide independent advocacy, advice and unconditional support to women and their children who are marginalized and disadvantaged as a result of domestic violence/abuse and /or other social exclusion factors. Support women who are assessed as being high or very high risk of continued domestic and sexual abuse. (Crisis intervention)

Information Sharing through: Education, training and employment advice:

  • Increase their skills and knowledge
  • Engage in education, training, voluntary work and employment
  • Enable women to improve their health and wellbeing
  • Support women to increase confidence and self-esteem
  • Reduce re-offending

Recent Projects

The Gateway Project - September 2018

The Gateway Project is a project designed for women who have come in contact with the criminal justice system or at risk of doing so. The aim of the project is to provide continued support to enhance positive change for these women through counselling, skill building, information sharing, signposting, confidence building, socializing and befriending. This reduces the risk of re-offending, social exclusion and promotes community cohesion.

Women's Sexual Health Awareness Project - September 2018

This will enable women from the Black and Minority Ethnic community to become more aware of their own sexual health. The Women's Sexual Health Awareness Project is conducted within 12 weekly sessions. Modules on related issues such as family planning, transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including testing and treatment, breast and cervical cancer, and reproductive health will be developed. Also issues such as poor hygienic practices affecting women's sexual health will be discussed. The modules will be used throughout the sessions. Each session will last for 2 hours and will be interactive, and participatory.

Mental Health Awareness Training for GESPIR volunteers - June 2015

Three-day training on mental health awareness for volunteers working with black and Asian minority ethnic women ex-offenders in Leeds.

Business Skills Training for Black and Asian Minority Ethnic Women in Kirkstall - June 2015

A two-week business skills training for black and Asian minority ethnic women in Kirkstall. Ten women benefitted from this training and aspire to start up their own businesses. This is a positive outcome for GESIPR in terms of empowering socially excluded groups through skills training and information sharing.