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Celebrating Via Redbridge’s Women’s Safe Space

At the end of 2023, the team at Via Redbridge invited valued local partners, service users, and colleagues to the launch celebration for their Women’s Safe Space.

Attendees were able to learn about and recognise the significance of the women-only space.

A roundtable discussion took place which was incredibly impactful and led by women sharing inspiring stories about their experiences with the space. Everyone also had the opportunity to give important feedback about the space, such as how it can be improved, and how more can be provided within the community.

The conversation was chaired by Service Manager Helen O’Connor, who’s a White Ribbon Champion and part of the organisational steering group. Our organisational White Ribbon Ambassador Tom Sackville was also delighted to listen and take part.

Many women spoke about how the space is somewhere they can relax, and speak openly with other women in the group.

Here are what some of the women said about the safe space:

‘I like coming to the safe space because I enjoy the company, joining a craft, encouraging one another and hearing everybody’s progress.’

‘This is what I look forward to throughout my week. Coming here on a Wednesday, sharing experiences, love, and stories with one another.’

‘I come to the women’s safe space because it’s somewhere that I feel comfortable, it’s good to keep busy and socialise with others. It’s just a good space to come if you feel down. Everyone’s really supportive and the staff are amazing as well.’

Tom Sackville, Executive Director of Services at Via said: ‘It is brilliant to hear how what the women in the service said they needed has become the fantastic space that we saw. We heard from the women how important it was that they had somewhere they felt safe and able to be themselves, and it was incredible to see how they support each other in that space.’

This blog was originally published by VIA. You can read the full post here.

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