Trevi House, local charity in Plymouth, has been awarded £400,000 from The Ministry of Justice to expand its Sunflower Women’s Centre.
Trevi House is one of 12 organisations across the country who have been awarded a share of £3.3 million by the Ministry of Justice – part of the Government’s commitment to divert vulnerable women from prison to community support. The 12 successful bidders were chosen following a comprehensive assessment process.
Since 1993, Trevi House has worked with hundreds of women and their children, getting mum off drugs or alcohol for good and giving her the skills to be the best parent she possibly can.
As well as running a 24-7 residential rehabilitation centre for mothers and children in the city, in 2016 Trevi House set up an outreach programme – the Sunflower project.
Since moving to its current location, the number of women supported by the outreach project has grown by 100% and referrals are received daily.
The project has now evolved into a fully functioning Sunflower Women’s Centre - the only women’s centre in Plymouth. It is a trauma-informed women’s health and wellbeing hub, providing opportunities for those in recovery or seeking recovery. This includes recovery in its broadest sense - from childhood trauma, substance misuse, criminogenic behaviours, domestic violence or poor mental health.
The centre offers a range of therapeutic activities, accredited programmes and practical support in a safe, nurturing and valuing space for women to move on from their pasts, develop their skills, regain their self-worth and go on to live independent and fulfilling lives. Practical support includes assistance with parenting, benefits, accommodation, nutrition, exercise, relationships, connecting with the community and employability.
The Sunflower Women’s Centre currently supports 60+ women and has made a huge difference to their lives. 90% of the women say it has been a lifeline.
The charity’s services are expanding rapidly - just last month Trevi House announced it has won a contract to deliver the Pause programme in partnership with Plymouth City Council.