Bright Futures were commissioned to work alongside Northumbria Police on the back of the SHADE Project. The project aims to engage with women whose primary experience of vulnerability has been through their direct involvement in sex work. The women are provided with the opportunity to get involved in volunteering, complete online training, promote safety messages whilst raising awareness and challenging stereotypes.
The women meet every Friday sharing knowledge and ideas to help drive the project forward. The women planned their first social action project ‘Winter Homeless Packs’ and were able to collect suitable donations and distribute approximately 150 packs to vulnerable adults sleeping rough across Tyne and Wear. The group are currently working closely with the Southern Lead DLO, designing a presentation around sex work, the industry, challenging the stereotype, how to keep safe and sharing up to date legislation. The group have been approached from local Universities to deliver the presentation as part of a regular training programme to current and future students but also as part of future DLO training with Northumbria Police.
We have been to visit HMP Low Newton in hope to work with the women prisoners before and after release. This will enable us to support women, lower rates of recidivism and offer opportunities to access free training such as First Aid, self-defence, alongside online training to meet their individual needs.
Please see recent video showing the support we can offer: