New Dawn New Day

New Dawn New Day

At a glance

Causes

  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Counselling / advice
  • Criminal justice
  • Mental health
  • Substance misuse
  • Women

Other details

Geographical remit: 
Regional

Objectives

New Dawn New Day has worked to support the wellbeing of women and girls in Leicester and Leicestershire for over 30 years. We started out as a community-based women’s centre in the 1980s, and we now deliver a range of services to vulnerable and socially excluded women designed to meet their multiple and complex needs.

We believe that all women and girls have the right to reach their potential and to live their lives free from violence. Through our work we know that women and girls affected by trauma and abuse have the potential to transform their lives. We support them by providing a safe environment and high quality, gender-responsive, trauma-informed support.

We are committed to...

  • Improving women’s health and wellbeing, particularly those who face severe and multiple disadvantage or who are victims and survivors of abuse and trauma
  • Improving disadvantaged women’s social and economic circumstances
  • Enabling greater social inclusion for women with complex needs

In particular we aim to...

  • Reduce the number of women entering the criminal justice system
  • Reduce the number of women who re-offend
  • Reduce the number of children who are subject to Child Protection Plans
  • Promote gender equality in criminal justice, health and social care systems

Activities

We believe that all women and girls have the right to reach their potential and to live their lives free from violence. We are passionate about what we do. We know it makes a difference.

Through our work we know that women and girls affected by poverty, trauma and abuse have the potential to transform their lives. We support them by providing a safe environment and high quality, gender-responsive, trauma-informed support.

New Dawn New Day has worked to support the wellbeing of women and girls in Leicester and Leicestershire for over 30 years. We started out as a community-based women’s centre in the 1980s, and we now deliver a range of services to vulnerable and socially excluded women designed to meet their multiple and complex needs.

 

Our Approach

Our approach to working with women is holistic and trauma informed. Women’s lives are complicated. They often have multiple needs. We take a holistic approach which works with the whole woman, not just one issue or problem area.

 

Holistic Support

New Dawn New Day offers practical, emotional and therapeutic support to women and girls who are considered vulnerable and have multiple and complex needs. Our support helps women and girls to turn their lives around.

 

Trauma Informed

Many of the women who access our services are victims and survivors of early childhood trauma, domestic violence and sexual abuse. Experiences of trauma impact on women in many ways and can lead to emotional, physical, behavioural and cognitive challenges. It often creates challenges in forming and maintaining healthy relationships and can impact severely on wellbeing and is often the underlying cause of mental health problems, challenging behaviours and substance misuse. All of our staff and volunteers are trained to understand and respond to trauma and our services are designed to create physical, emotional and psychological safety. In addition to creating a safe environment for women we also offer therapeutic programmes which help women to recognise and respond to impact of trauma in their lives.

 

Diverting Women from Offending

A key focus of our work is diverting women from offending. ‘Just Women’ is a project that works with women who have come into contact with Criminal Justice Services or are at risk of offending.  It includes the Just Women Conditional Caution Project, Just Women Community Resolution Project which focus on early intervention and diversion. Just Women Community Rehabilitation Project works with women who are serving community orders or have been released from prison on licence.

 

Therapeutic and Holistic Support Services

We deliver therapeutic support for women who have experienced trauma and abuse. Support is delivered by our highly trained staff team, trained and supervised volunteers and peer mentors, and includes both group and one on one support. We also offer a range of holistic activities, designed to support the wellbeing and social development of the women who are referred into our service. These activities include mindfulness, tai chi, arts and crafts classes, creative writing, film and book clubs and much more.

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