DROP IN CENTRE FOR VULNERABLE WOMEN IN THE HEART OF TORQUAY
Ladies Lounge is a “women’s-only drop-in” in the centre of Torquay set up to support the most vulnerable women in Torbay in need of emotional support, advice and information.
Specifically targeting those women suffering with mental health, domestic violence and substance misuse issues or involved in sex working and street sleeping. Such women are often both involved in crime and victims of it, trapped in destructive lifestyles and with little or no positive associations, often subject of various types of abuse. Due to the nature of their circumstances it is estimated that many of these crimes often go unreported. We are also trained to help victims of domestic abuse and receive referrals from Torbay Domestic Abuse Service to support these vulnerable women. These women often feel trapped, have low self-esteem and suffer from poor mental health. Ladies lounge is a voluntary run, women only safe space. Volunteers provide a safe environment, engaging with attendees in conversation and signposting them towards specialist service providers and helping them to keep that connection i.e. assisting them in keeping important appointments etc. They meet other vulnerable women, where they talk and share experiences and feel less isolated. The crafting table is set up during every session and women here learn new skills, and the creativity takes their minds away from their struggles.
Ladies Lounge is part of the Standing Tall Partnership – the new Domestic Abuse aware partnership in Torbay
The Standing Tall Partnership is a group of organisations and community groups who understand the impact that domestic abuse and sexual violence have on an individual and their family and who are working together to provide services to people in the Bay who have experienced them, in an informed and empathetic way.
A wide range of local organisations from the Torbay Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Community Partnership have launched a new support service called Standing Tall Torbay.
Community groups including What’s Your Problem CIC, Torbay Ladies Lounge, Rising Moments and Devon Clinic CIC are working together in partnership with Healthwatch, Safer Communities and Torbay Community Development Trust to provide vital support services for families affected by Domestic Abuse in the Bay.
The partnership believes that by working collaboratively we can be more effective and offer a range of different support services tailored to the needs of residents. This also means that people who need help only need to ask once in order to access a range of different specialised support.
With funding from the Ministry of Justice Extra-ordinary Fund via the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, they can offer people support to access help from the Family Court, Counselling, Emotional Support, Food and other provisions.
The Ladies Lounge’s role in the partnership is to offer a telephone “listening ear” service and a few of our volunteers provide emotional support by phone to a number of women referred to us through the Partnership.
Cllr Hazel Foster, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Member Champion for Torbay Council said: “Asking for help can be so difficult and so I welcome the launch of this partnership where people only need to make that one call to access lots of help. It is fantastic to see community groups working together to offer such a vital service for our community at what is a very challenging time for us all.”
If you need help, please contact the Torbay Community Helpline on 01803 446 022 between 10am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 12.30pm Saturdays.
If you are at immediate risk of harm dial 999.