H was referred to the women’s community project as part of a community sentence. The requirements of her order included the completion of 100 hours of unpaid work and 20 sessions of specified activity. H had not been involved with the criminal justice system prior to her offence and described her situation as ‘desperate’. At the time of her arrest H was in an abusive relationship where she describes not having any control over her own life and would pray that she wouldn’t wake up so that the existence she had would end. H had not heard of services that could help, and it was only after her involvement with statutory services that she was told about the support available.
As the women’s community project work closely with outside agencies a holistic care plan was put in place based on her identified needs and goals. Alongside her appointments H spent time with the work party and completing her hours of unpaid work in Miss Elainey’s – the Cambridge Centre’s social enterprise. She was able to attend training as part of her unpaid work and after achieving both her Maths and English level 1 awards was accepted onto a local college course to pursue her goal of working in the hair and beauty sector.
H has advised her confidence has increased significantly from attending and meeting other women, she has secured her own accommodation says that she has regained control of her life. In H’s words; “I was so scared coming in, I remember when I first saw you I just cried. I got a lot from just observing the other women, and when I felt ready I joined in with them. It felt great when you said you would include my recipe as part of the women’s cook book and I have grown so much with the help of everyone at the WCP I just love coming here.” H has now, sadly for us found employment via her apprenticeship however continues to attend the centre when she can and has pro