Research undertaken by and for organisations working within the Criminal Justice System demonstrates that women who are at risk of offending, ex-offenders and those currently serving a prison sentence have distinctly different needs to those of men. We are working within an Alliance of service providers across Greater Manchester to support such women. Our aim is to reduce the incidence of offending and to support those at risk – helping them to rebuild their lives and fulfil their true potential. Our vision is to see a sustained reduction in the number of women sent to custody from Bolton, where good alternatives are available in the community that address the causes of women offending and supports their rehabilitation.
Client Stories - Eve's Space
About Eve’s Space
Working closely with 8 other voluntary sector partners, Eve’s Space is part of (GM) Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance which receives funding from The Big Lottery, GM’s Community Rehabilitation Company (formerly Probation Services) and the Combined Authority for GM. The ‘whole systems approach’ adopted by our Alliance is recognised nationally as a model of good practice.
As with all Alliance members, the services provided by our Eve’s Space project are for women only. We offer a safe and relaxing space within our centre, plus outreach support provided by specialist female support workers.
The service supports both women who have offended, and those who are at risk of offending. The support we provide includes assistance with accommodation, finance and debts, health, skills and employment. We provide guidance and support with alcohol and drug issues, and difficulties experienced with children, families, attitudes and behaviour. Together with each service user, we produce an action plan to help them meet their goals and aspirations.
Our service receives referrals from probation, the police, prisons, the courts and other support agencies. Women can also self-refer. It’s a free, friendly service that can help women tackle some of the problems in their lives. If you live in Bolton, are over 18 and can answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions below, we can probably help:
Are you worried about getting into trouble with the police?
Are you due in court and would like some support?
Are you afraid of a custodial sentence?
Are you in custody and due to be released into Bolton?
Are you worried about how you are going to manage when you are released?
Are you at risk of offending because of difficulties at home or in your life such as drink, drugs, unemployment, abuse, debt or housing issues?
If you wish to enquire about accessing Eve’s Space, please call us on 01204 385848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The professionals we work with should always use a secure email address (not this one), when sharing information. Please ring to discuss if necessary.
A 2017 analysis of the wider GM project of which Eve’s Space is a part, found that 43% of the women engaged had mental health issues. 37% had their needs met or made positive progress as a result of the support received. 43% experienced an increase in confidence/self-esteem, 20% were able to substantially reduce substance misuse and 58% were supported into stable accommodation.
Over the past year, Eve’s Space received 106 referrals (down from 137 in the previous year). This reduction is largely due to a significant reduction in police referrals and we are working with our partners to improve referral mechanisms. 83 service users engaged with support plans during this period. Positive progress with their action plans was seen across all aspects of service user need – ranging from 55% seeing progress against Emotional and Mental Health outcomes to 37% making progress in Physical Health.
In feedback we collected from each service user over the past year, 100% said they were satisfied (or better) with the service we provided. Some of the comments we received were: “nobody has ever listened to me before” and “very approachable, understanding and interested me as an individual”. Some of the positive changes service users described were: “I have gained a lot of confidence and knowledge to help me move forward with my life”; “It has given me a positive focus for my future”; “I have grown as a person since engaging with Eve’s Space” and “I’ve gone from a bad situation to having a stable life in my own flat”.
If you would like to read more about the impact Eve’s Space can have, you can read Sarah’s Story here.