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The Gathering 2017

As we gather to imagine a world where women are free from sexual exploitation, what would it look like for you in your communities for women to thrive and how can we work collaboratively to make this happen?

Beyond the Streets is hosting a gathering for those working with women exploited through prostitution.

The aim of the Gathering is to provide space to wrestle with the issues that women face; the challenges for those who work with them and to look at how we can be more effective in seeing women exit prostitution and find freedom to follow their dreams. We want to look at how we can work and learn together as we bring a rich mix of experience from towns and cities across the UK. We will be joined by Dr Elaine Storkey who will provide input and journey with us over the weekend.


Dates

17th-19th March 2017

Location

Hothorpe Hall, Leicestershire

Further information

For further information and to book, please download the The Gathering 2017 booking form.  Questions? Please feel free to email the Beyond the Streets office or call 0300 3021122.


Volunteering with Door of Hope

Beyond the Streets are looking to recruit new volunteers to join the Door of Hope outreach team, working directly with women on the streets of Tower Hamlets.

Beyond the Streets are looking to recruit new volunteers to join the Door of Hope outreach team, working directly with women on the streets of Tower Hamlets.

We are looking for volunteers with:
• A calling for reaching out to women involved in/affected by prostitution.
• Empathy, compassion and a non-judgemental approach.
• An ability to build trusting relationships whilst maintaining personal boundaries.

To find out more about Door of Hope and what the role of outreach volunteer involves please read the Information Pack below before completing the Application Pack below.

Door of Hope Outreach Volunteer Information Pack

Door of Hope Volunteer Application Form

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, then we’d love to hear from you. Please read through the Volunteer information pack, then complete the accompanying application form and email it to Beyond the Streets by 9am on 9th January 2017 – rebecca@beyondthestreets.org.uk. If you would like more information before applying please email Rebecca.


International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The 25th of November is the UN International End Violence against Women Day which raises awareness of the gender-based violence and discrimination that many women face and experience every day.

Violence against women is deeply and historically entrenched into society. Just one reminder of this is the Cross Bones graveyard. The unmarked graves of the Cross Bones graveyard are those women who were not considered ‘worthy’ of a proper burial: they are the women whose lives and experiences were negated, shamed, and judged by society. The nameless burials remove the individuality and the humanity of those women. The women become ‘others’ – disconnected and different from ourselves and the rest of society.

Women in prostitution are often seen this way: as different. Women in prostitution often experience even higher levels of risk of discrimination and violence than women on average. The abuse and hate crime directed towards women involved in prostitution is often justified by idea that these women are ‘prostitutes’ not individuals.

Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, said of the violent rapes and murders he committed “the women I killed were filth – bastard prostitutes who were littering the streets. I was just clearing up the place a bit”

bts_november_flyer_v4-1-page-001These were women who were unworthy and judged. These were women who did not matter. These were women who could be discriminated against and despised. These were women who didn’t count.

We believe women matter. We believe their lives count for something. At Beyond the Streets we are working to provide routes out for women who have experienced violence and sexual exploitation. Our NOvember campaign is raising awareness and funds to fight against sexual exploitation and violence against women. As activists across the world take action today to say no to violence against women, why don’t you join them. We’ve got a few suggestions as to how you can leave your mark.

  1. Tell your friends you say no to violence against women by downloading our social media action. Print the poster, add your name and share an image of yourself on your social media pages. See our Facebook page for inspiration from our supporters.
  2. Support our work providing routes out for women by making a donation here.

We’re saying no this NOvember.

Our vision is to see a world free from sexual exploitation. Alongside our direct work with women, we are working to change the context of the world we live in – challenging stigma and raising awareness of the wider issue of sexual exploitation. The NOvember Campaign is an opportunity to join in saying NO to sexual exploitation by saying no to something for the month of November, and donating the money saved. The campaign also provides opportunities for people to share about their passion in this area, especially as we remember the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25th.

Recently, we’ve been inspired by the words of Elaine Storkey, who reminded us “The extent of violence against women cannot be underestimated, nor can its consequences. The impact ripples through every area of society; it affects women, children, families, neighbourhoods, men, lawmakers, law enforcers, health providers and so many of our social institutions. It does indeed leave scars on the face of humanity”. 

bts_november_flyer_v4-1-page-001We begin this November painfully aware of the pandemic of violence against women, but equally more determined than ever to speak out against it. The NOvember Campaign gives voice to this, gathering the voices of our supporters and friends to say a united no to sexual exploitation and violence against women. Would you consider making a gift to Beyond the Streets to support our work providing routes out for women this NOvember campaign? You can contribute to the campaign here.

You can also get involved by making some noise on social media, we’ve uploaded a social media action card to our website, print the poster and post a picture to let your followers know that you say no! Remember to use the #NOvemberCampaign hashtag!

We leave you with the wise words of Martin Luther King, Jr “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”. Don’t be silent, say no with us.

This NOvember Campaign, Beyond the Streets are hoping to raise £5000.00 to contribute to our work providing routes out of exploitation for women. You can help us reach our target by making a gift here.


Launching early morning outreach in east London.



Early on Thursday morning, our Door of Hope Project began an exciting new chapter with the launch of early morning outreach on the streets of Tower Hamlets, London.

Door of Hope exists to offer hope, support and routes out of prostitution for women. As we develop, we are keen to ensure that our activities are intuitive to the context and community we seek to serve. We don’t want to immediately set off on the path we are used to taking without regularly reassessing against the golden question; is this path the right one for the women we journey with?

Over the last few months we have been asking this question of our outreach activities in dialogue with the local council, police and the women we work with.

For twenty years a team has walked the streets of Tower Hamlets, armed with hot chocolate, sexual health packs, a friendly face and a listening ear. Increasingly we’ve noticed that between the hours of 1-2am, as our team are preparing to finish outreach for the evening the women we work with are only just beginning their night on the streets. We know that safety and support Door of Hope offers women is invaluable for the women we work with. If our support is appreciated at the beginning of the night, how much more valuable would it be towards the end, after hours exposed to the elements and the distressing realities of selling sex on the streets? Informed by these realities and inspired by conversations we’ve had with the women we work with, we made the decision to begin with one to two early morning outreach sessions a month, in addition to our regular evening outreach.

Last week, we were delighted to launch early morning outreach in Tower Hamlets. At 5.00am our team began their first early morning shift, carrying Door of Hope’s twenty year legacy into an exciting new season. Reflecting on these new beginnings, Door of Hope’s Co-ordinator Rebecca told us, 
“We have spent the last few months re-examining the activities of Door of Hope, looking at what we do and why we do it. We want to keep our work in tune with women’s lives, shaping our activities according to their needs and requests. Launching early morning outreach is us tuning into the lives of the women we exist support, ensuring our activities compliment the realities of their lives. If that means waking up at 4am, that’s what we’re going to do…”

The Door of Hope is a project run by Beyond the Streets in the east end of London.  To hear more about the work of Door of Hope, you can visit the Door of Hope website here or you can sign up to the Beyond the Streets newsletter which regularly features updates.

Door of Hope Volunteer Nikki Burnhope during morning outreach.


Beyond Safeguarding

‘Professional excellence’ is a term often used within Beyond the Streets – a value that we aren’t just driven by compassion and a desire to see real change happen, but we build healthy, sustainable and effective projects that are growing and long lasting.

Safeguarding has become an increasingly intentional focus within Beyond the Streets and the network over the last couple of years, within our policies, training and recruitment of our staff and volunteers.

In May, Beyond the Streets hosted our annual Safeguarding Day for projects working with women in prostitution and we welcomed 27 guests from 17 different projects, in 12 different towns and cities around the UK. Elaine Davidson from HRSG Services came to train and facilitate with us, as we explored what it looks like to increase our awareness of Safeguarding in this sector.

We have been contacted by many projects who have told us they feel more confident as a result of the Safeguarding training.  We know that this will lead to women and their children being safer.

A key theme for the day was the importance of creating an ’embedded culture’, rather than just creating more policies and procedures. We have seen one specific incident in the last 2 weeks, where the training has been invaluable.

One participant said, “I learnt loads, but have also got an action plan on how to move my project forward. Great stuff, thanks!”

We are planning another event for next year – dates to be announced.


Good Practice Guide

This Guide is for local community organisations working with those in prostitution by offering support and routes out. With nearly 20 years experience in the sector, and with collective input from established projects, we want to save you time and energy so that you can work more effectively with those affected by prostitution in the UK. New Edition – May 2016

Good Practice Guide Flyer

 


Beyond Support

We’ve just completed our first year of  the Beyond Support phone service and celebrating 170 contacts with 24 women facing sexual exploitation. From January 2016, we will be extending the hours we run this service and be available for calls Monday-Thursday.

For more information, please visit www.beyondsupport.org.uk

 


2014 Annual Review

Please find below our annual review for the year ending 31st August 2014

Annual Review 2014