Today we have an extremely exciting announcement!

We are thrilled to make public that we are one of only 63 successful organisations in England to have been awarded Big Lottery Funding through the Big Lottery Women and Girls Empowerment Initiative. 

With 1000 organisations applying for this award, the staff of A Way Out are absolutely delighted with their success in achieving a full 4 years guaranteed funding. 

This funding will enable A Way Out to build upon our established track record of outreach and empowerment amongst socially excluded and marginalised women, young people and families in Stockton on Tees.  A Way Out’s valuable and intensive work with vulnerable women and those involved with on-street sex work will continue and is learning from this well recognised work that has helped the organisation to develop a new service area. AWO Jane Harmer BLF 1

CEO, Jane Harmer explained, “We have listened to the women currently on our case load and there are two sentiments that prevail – grateful appreciation for the life changing work that A Way Out undertakes, and heartfelt reflection from the women themselves in wishing they had been able to engage with A Way Out when they were younger – at an age before their lives became entrenched in the cycle of addiction and sex work.  This generous award from Big Lottery will enable A Way Out to develop an ambitious project to engage with vulnerable young women, aged 16-24, who often ‘fall through the net’ and who frequently are left to go their own way at a time of major transition into early adulthood.  These young women often feel marginalised from mainstream services, are regularly deemed as ‘troublesome’ by the public, and as ‘hard to engage’.  One of the important and key aspiration of our new service is also to counteract the exploitation of these vulnerable young women and avert routes into survival sex work.”

The new service will be officially launched in October of this year, developing outreach, engagement, and targeted holistic multi-agency support.  If you are interested in applying for a position on this new and exciting project, please click here.