BWA’s outreach work is organised on an area basis.
Berkshire Women’s Aid Domestic Abuse Drop In (Please note change of day)
From week beginning 22nd October 2018 our weekly drop in service will be take place every Tuesday (instead of a Wednesday) from 10am to 3pm at following location:
Reading Voluntary Action (RVA), 3rd floor, Central library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ
Please note there will be no drop in service week beginning 15th October 2018.
A ‘one stop’ shop based in the town centre for victims of domestic abuse providing an accessible safe venue for victims to ‘drop in’ or attend appointments providing:
- Face to face support
- Immediate access when a victim decides to seek help
- A weekly free legal surgery
- Referrals to BWA and external support services
- Child Protection and Children’s Services assistance
- DIY injunctions
Referrals come from a variety of sources including self-referrals. Clients are offered up to 6 outreach appointments, with a referral to Choices discussed at the first or second appointment. This new, more structured approach to outreach appointments enables Crossing Bridges to handle more clients and provides a better service. Some clients need more support, especially in the initial crisis stages. People requiring more intensive support are identified by outreach staff and agreed by the team. The object is to get the individual to a more stable point where such a high level of intervention is no longer necessary. This approach has enabled staff to achieve a higher level of ownership of more complex cases.
Crossing Bridges is funded through a grant from Reading Borough Council.
Wokingham and Bracknell Outreach
BWA looks forward to being able to ‘roll out’ projects similar to Crossing Bridges in other Local Authority areas. Similar services are currently provided through outreach workers in Bracknell and Wokingham.