Project information

Re:Assure Women's Project

Re:Assure is London’s only programme that provides targeted interventions to HIV positive women who have experienced, or are living in, environments of domestic violence, are survivors of rape and those who are refugees or asylum seekers.

Ongoing

Charity information: Positive East

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  • Need

    Need

    Research from the WHO, the UN, Rape Crisis, NAT and BHIVA amongst others, evidences that HIV positive women who have experienced past trauma are at significant and increased risk of poor mental health, extreme social exclusion and lower adherence to HIV medication. Therefore, Re:Assure provides targeted interventions to HIV positive women to help them overcome past traumas and improve their mental and physical health.

    Solution

    Annually, the programme supports 150 women directly and 500 indirectly. Activities to solve the above problems include: psychological therapy; ‘Self expression, sex and relationships’ and ‘Tree of Life’ training courses; peer support; ESOL, computer and employment workshops; volunteering, and sign posting. Re:Assure also provides expert reports and support at immigration tribunals. Activities are managed by a Clinical Psychologist and peer support volunteers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increased well-being, self-esteem, resilience and coping strategies

    Activities

    » Clinical Psychology - The number of sessions will be decided after an initial needs assessment
    » Group and peer to peer support
    » Attendance at 2 6 week workshops - Tree of Life, and Self-expression, sex, and relationships

    Oral and written feedback from the participants, both formal through surveys/feedback forms and informal through conversation.


    Aim 2

    Increased knowledge about domestic violence and confidence to leave abusive relationships

    Activities

    » Clinical Psychology - The number of sessions will be decided after an initial needs assessment
    » Group and peer to peer support
    » Attendance at 2 6 week workshops - Tree of Life, and Self-expression, sex, and relationships

    Oral and written feedback from the participants, both formal through surveys/feedback forms and informal through conversation


    Aim 3

    Increased skills and confidence to seek further education leading to employment opportunities

    Activities

    » Volunteer opportunities

    Oral and written feedback from the participants, both formal through surveys/feedback forms and informal through conversation


  • Impact

    Impact

    Longer term changes are HIV positive women regaining their feelings of independence and control they lost through experiencing domestic violence, rape, and trauma and by navigating the complex asylum system. These will be monitored and demonstrated through follow-up participant evaluations.

    Risk

    The main risks are women not continuing with their participation in Re:Assure include ill health due to HIV medication nonadherence and immigration issues. We will deal with these risks by ensuring their physical health is looked after and that they access HIV clinics to ensure Antiretroviral adherence. We will also offer immigration advice and attend immigration tribunals to help them remain settled in the UK.

    Reporting

    We will report to donors through detailed project reports that will highlight the programmes successes and challenges.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £73,783

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,017 Salary Part time Clinical Psychologist, part time project officer
      £13,766 Project costs Including, travel, training, M&E, building costs and management fee

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Pilgrim Trust £23,333 Guaranteed
    Comic Relief £25,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Public Health England estimates that in London approximately 50,000 people, or 42% of the UK’s total HIV diagnoses, are living with HIV. The eight East London boroughs that Positive East works within are deemed to have an extremely high HIV prevalence with an average of 6.3 per 1,000 people - four times the national average. Our catchment area includes Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge, Newham, Havering, City of London and Barking and Dagenham.

    Beneficiaries

    The beneficiaries of Re:Assure Women’s Project are HIV positive adult (aged >18) women living in east London who have experienced severe trauma, domestic violence, rape and or who are asylum seekers or refugees. Last year 100% of the participants were black and minority ethnic (BME) women who were unemployed or underemployed. However, the project is open to all women regardless of ethnicity or employment status. Annually, 150 women benefit from Re:Assure.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The activities of the project allow us to take an early action approach to prevent challenges from escalating into deep crisis and become unmanageable. By providing earlier support we are able to increase their support networks to avoid falling into social exclusion, and destitution. Re:Assure builds on 8 years of best practice and is genuinely service user led, meaning their needs and experiences shape the projects delivery. Past particaptns report a significant increase in wellbeing.

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    People

    Clinical Psychologist

    They will lead on, and manage all project activities.

    Project Officer

    They will support the Clinical Psychologist to deliver all project activities.