About Us

A Way Out is an outreach and prevention charity which aims to engage, empower and equip vulnerable and excluded women, families and young people to live lives free from harm, abuse and exploitation and to reduce life limiting choices and behaviour.

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What is A Way Out

A Way Out is  an organisation of excellence, tackling and preventing exploitation of vulnerability of women and young people.

We are an outreach and prevention charity which aims to engage, empower and equip vulnerable and excluded women, families and young people to live lives free from harm, abuse and exploitation and to reduce life limiting choices and behaviour.

Our service users include women and young people with substance misuse problems, involved with sex work, homeless or living on the streets, often engaged in offending or victims of abuse.

A Way Out is based in Stockton on Tees at a support centre called The Gate.  This centre provides the base for many of our projects, offering a safe and secure place for women to come and receive support and get involved in a whole range of activities.

Our Ambition

A Way Out started in June 2002 when our founder, Jessie Jacobs, met a young girl walking the streets of Stockton trying to sell her body for sex.

That brief encounter motivated Jessie, two friends, and a small group of local people, united in their faith, to begin a project reaching out to these girls and helping them to find “A Way Out”.
 

Today, A Way Out continues to reach out to Stockton’s women and young people supporting them to live health, safe and whole lives.

A Way Out works in partnership with the relevant agencies and is supported by the local Christian community.

To hear some of the real life stories of the amazing women and young people we’ve worked with and our future vision, you can watch the video below.

Our Values & Beliefs

A Way Out is a charity founded upon a Christian vision and is driven by Christian values. We do not expect all staff and volunteers to subscribe to the Christian faith, but to understand and acknowledge the Christian values which are at the heart of A Way Out…

The ambition of A Way Out is to be an organization of excellence, tackling and preventing exploitation of vulnerability of women and young people.

Excellence: we have high standards and strive to be excellent in everything that we do. We are professional and have clear boundaries & operational standards.  We work from a trauma and gender informed approaches, providing holistic support for our clients.  We have a strength based, empowerment approach that prioritises co-production and design with the clients we work with.  All our staff have an understanding around the impact of inequalities, violence and abuse on women’s lives.
 

Faith and Hope: we believe in the power of prayer and faith in our work amongst the most marginalised. Hope gives us a vision of a changed life.  Faith helps us believe for it. We welcome staff, volunteers, supporters and service users from all faiths and denominations and those who are agnostic or atheist. We do not expect anyone at A Way Out to subscribe to the Christian faith, but to understand and acknowledge our values.  This also includes having a non-judgmental attitude and showing unconditional love to those we support.

Love: we believe that love is fundamental to everything we do, the way we treat our staff, the way we treat each other and the way we treat our clients. We believe that through loving care, clients are able to walk out their journey to recovery and restoration.

Diversity and Equality: we believe that equality and diversity brings a rich flavour to all that we do, and we seek to work with people from all backgrounds regardless of sexuality, faith or ethnicity.

Driven by Christian values:

A Way Out is a charity founded upon a Christian vision and is driven by Christian values. We do not expect all staff and volunteers to subscribe to the Christian faith, but to understand and acknowledge the Christian values which are at the heart of A Way Out…

We believe in the power of prayer and faith in our work amongst the most marginalised.  Hope gives us a vision of a changed life.  Faith helps us believe for it. We welcome staffvolunteers, supporters and service users from all faiths and denominations and those who are agnostic or atheist.  We do not expect anyone at A Way Out to subscribe to the Christian faith, but to understand and acknowledge our values.

What do we mean by Christian values? From its early beginnings the Church and later many Christian organisations have tried to reflect Jesus’ concern for the poor and marginalised.  It is this which is the basis of A Way Out’s thinking and actions as an organisation.

Love, compassion and  truth are values which the organisation seeks to demonstrate along with  a willingness to go the extra mile.

We acknowledge that these values of Love, Justice, Compassion, Truth and a willingness to see things through, are not exclusively Christian values, although in the case of A Way Out they are seen as values demonstrated by Christ, therefore we recruit and are glad to embrace those of other faiths or no faith, provided they are willing to practise these values and understand that A Way Out is organisation founded on a Christian ethos and driven by Christian values.

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Call: 01642 655071

Email: info@awayout.co.uk

Visit: A Way Out

The Gate

1 - 2 Castlegate Quay

The Riverside

Stockton on Tees

TS18 1BZ

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A Way Out is a registered charity (1137535) and a company limited by guarantee (6265354). Registered in England.