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Advance Minerva

The service provides enhanced, specialist support to women and girls over 18, with complex multiple needs who have committed crime and are at risk of re-offending.  The service is designed to be a “whole system” response to women in contact with the Criminal Justice System.
Advance and it's patners deliver: 

One-to-one support across all pathways to offending by Advance Minerva keyworkers

Peer Mentors, with lived experience of the criminal justice system, providing one to one adhoc and regular support to women

3 Regional Women Centres (North, East and West London) as central hubs offering safe, women-only spaces for one to one support and group-work

18 borough-specific hubs, in collaboration with Local Authorities, where women can be supported in their communities

Tailored groups delivered in Women Centres by specialist partner organisations with established expertise of supporting women in the criminal justice system

Housing Co-ordinator offering in-depth knowledge of legislation and housing options in each borough

Support for Foreign Nationals (including trafficked women),and those with no recourse to public funds

Young Woman’s keyworker for 15+ year olds addressing issues such as emotional management, healthy relationships and self-esteem.

Additional support for women working in prostitution and exploitative lifestyles

Groups and workshops with specialist partner organisations addressing the needs of women that are linked to offending, including financial management, employability, mental health and domestic abuse

A keyworker will provide one-to-one support to women, through trauma informed, gender specific interventions. 

Umbrella org:
Advance Charity
Area serviced:
Across 24 boroughs in North, East and West London as well having the central women centres in each of those areas and also provides services alongside statutory services in Hampshire, Kent, Thames Valley, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire
North London: 02039818486, West London: 02085632252, East London: 02030966488
Who is it for:
Women and girls aged 15 years and above involved with the criminal justice system to break the cycle of re-offending
How to apply:
The Services receive referrals from the National Probation Service (NPS), local authorities, health providers, voluntary sector agencies and self-referrals.
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