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Women, Criminal Justice and Community

We deliver services for women offenders, those with complex needs, substance misuse, street drinkers, children, vulnerable women, rough sleepers and work in a number of community settings like A&E and in people’s homes.

The service came about following a merger in February 2016 of Humankind with The Cambridge Centre, based in Scarborough.

Women’s Community Project

In the Women’s Community Project, we work with women in the criminal justice system and provide a viable alternative to custody to prevent the displacement of families and prevent lasting damage to children because of their mother’s imprisonment.

Gender specific setting

The women serve their community order (Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and unpaid work) within a gender specific setting.

The service provides a range of interventions to reduce a woman’s offending around specific areas: 

  • Behaviour change
  • Substance misuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Children and families
  • Finance and debt management
  • Education and training
  • Sexual exploitation and trauma

Breaking through

We provide a crèche, which breaks through the most significant barrier to women accessing their appointments. At the same time, it provides a fantastic learning environment for children in vulnerable families and provides invaluable support to mothers to enjoy the benefits of positive parenting.

We work closely with children’s centres and Children’s Social Care to ensure women and families receive the full support available to them.

The service also offers:

  • Intensive Supported Housing Project and floating support for the most complex and chaotic individuals locally
  • A&E alcohol screening and brief intervention
  • Miss Elainey’s, a social enterprise providing a working environment for women to increase employment skills, training and confidence.
  • Work with people in the community to prevent eviction
  • Community engagement
  • Work with offenders regarding their use of new-psychoactive substances
  • Awareness raising in education settings regarding New-Psychoactive Substances