Link to Change
Helter Skelter +Plus Project
Link to Change is proud and pleased to announce that in partnership with the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales we have been funded to provide a service for 17 to 26 year olds, male and female, who are involved in, or survivors of, sexually exploitative relationships, commercial exploitation or trafficking.
Our programme offers 1-2-1 support from a male or female sexual exploitation outreach worker or a 7 module group course for young adults in hostels and foyers. The courses cover self-esteem, safe relationships, sexual exploitation and grooming, giving and getting consent. 1-2-1 work is not limited to residents of foyers and hostels - any young adult can be referred.
The identified need for this project comes form case histories and stories that we have been told by young adults working with our Helter Skelter and Dodgems projects.
Many young adults, through maladaptive coping strategies, trauma and negative experiences in childhood, make risky choices, albeit constrained choices, out of necessity. These young people would not like to be thought of as victims. Nevertheless, they may be taking risks, swapping or selling sex out of poverty, benefit sanctions, homelessness and lack of family support. Just because a young person is over 16 they can still be groomed and sexually exploited, especially if they have been previously exploited.
This project offers a non-judgemental, confidential, holistic package of support. It is service-user led and encourages the setting of attainable targets. Our solution-focused interventions are based on trusting relationships and help the young person find self-respect, resilience and a positive attitude to problem solving.
If you would like to make an individual referral please complete our Referral Assessment Form and return to us either by email (Neil@LinktoChange.org.uk) or post (Link to Change, 38a High Street, St Neots, Cambs, PE19 1JA).
For individual and group work there is no cost to you or the young people.
Courses are limited to 10 people at a time. Please state if they will be a female group, male group or mixed gender. It might be advisable to ask residents if they prefer same sex or mixed gender groups as there will be discussion of sensitive subjects of sexual relationships. This work is not suitable as part of point-based attendance for moving on schemes and should always be voluntary.
Half and full day sexual exploitation awareness training for staff working in hostels and foyers can be quoted for individually. Please contact Sally@LinktoChange.org.uk.