Each resident is respected and valued as an individual and the support they are offered is holistic and tailored to meet individual needs.
At our confidentially-located community setting, we offer safety and ongoing support to women and their children as well as single females who have experienced domestic abuse. Each resident is respected and valued as an individual and the support they are offered is holistic and tailored to meet individual needs.
Each family or individual is homed in furnished, temporary accommodation – everyone has their own front door, giving them a sense of ownership in their situation – as they take part in a resettlement programme. We work closely with other agencies and housing associations to empower them to reintegrate into a community of their choice.
Support programmes include elements of self-help, life skills and social education, with practical advice and assistance in budgeting, social skills and access to education. The service provided encourages independence, with the goal being for all residents to be resettled in appropriate accommodation in the community.
Not only is it important to move on from the trauma they have experienced using tailored support, fun is a key element in the life of any local community. As such, there are frequent activities, such as video nights, hair and beauty nights, quiz nights, library and games evenings for the children. Children’s workers are responsible for weekly children’s groups and during the holidays the centre provides a holiday scheme for the children.
We continue to offer support for when residents move on.
Our local work in our churches and Lifehouses – residential centres which support people who are experiencing homelessness – often put our staff and members in contact with people who are experiencing domestic abuse. There, we offer support to men and women with everything from sourcing appropriate services, through to help furnishing accommodation and giving practical advice.
The Link Café
The Link Café (TLC) is dedicated to providing support to women who have left their abusive relationships in the local community, we have willing, trained volunteers on hand to support in any way needed and if we don’t know the answer we’ll help you find it.
TLC was set up in Spring 2016 to link women who have left abusive partners to other services in the community. Working with Merton borough council and other volunteer agencies, the Salvation Army sought to fill a perceived gap where we journey with each individual in a direction and at a pace they choose. Find out more further details about The Link Café.