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Grants to help out town’s prostitutes

Published by This is Wiltshire
5th April 2014

THREE projects expected to make a life-changing difference to Swindon’s most vulnerable people can now get off the ground, thanks to a special grant.  Thanks to grants from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s £1m Innovation Fund, Wiltshire Mind, Social Care In Action and The Nelson Trust are now in a position to start up new projects to support offenders and prostitutes.

The Nelson Trust, which works with agencies including Wiltshire Probation Trust, will be able to use its 34,382 grant to fund a full-time sex work outreach worker to try and support the town’s sex workers.

The outreach worker will be based at the new ISIS Women’s Centre will liaise between the Swindon Sex Worker Forum and women sex workers to try and protect the vulnerable women who are at risk of rape, sexual assault, violence, trafficking, robbery and a range of serious health problems associated with sex work and substance misuse.

Colin Levine, the business development co-ordinator at the Nelson Trust said: “We were delighted to receive the grant because it can mean we can employ a dedicated outreach worker.  Sex workers are difficult to engage but are often vulnerable for a range of different reasons, and many of them also struggle with alcohol and drug abuse.  Wiltshire Police do have a dedicated vice team as well, and the outreach worker will be working closely with them.”


Sex workers join 'Soho Hobo' video shoot on day of protest against brothel raids by police

Published by West End Extra
4th April 2014

SEX workers joined Soho’s artisan community in a day of protest against police brothel raids as they took to the streets to film a music video for a protest singer with deep roots in the community.

Following the recent spate of raids on the area’s brothels, the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) were invited along to make their voices heard on Sunday as the group danced their way down to Piccadilly with banners, trumpets, and a ventriloquist’s dummy named ­Fillis Meadowsweet.

It was all part of a video shoot for a new song by Tim Arnold – also known as "The Soho Hobo" – ­called The Piccadilly Trot, which he hopes will be “London’s answer to Gangnam style”.

Mr Arnold, 38 said: “I created a platform for everyone who wants to express something in Soho. Social tolerance and sexual freedom have always been part of Soho’s history and part of its global appeal. My grandfather worked for Paul Raymond as a comedian in the 1950s and my mother was a Windmill Girl, so Soho is in my blood.”


Plans decision is due over sex workers drop-in

Published in The Yorkshire Evening Post
3rd April 2014

A NEW drop-in centre for prostitutes is expected to get planning approval today, despite objections from locals who say it is too near their homes and could lead to increased problems.  As reported previously in the YEP, the Joanna charity, which runs a support service for working girls, has already been awarded a six-year lease for new premises in Sydenham Street, Holbeck.

Today, a Leeds council planning committee will be asked to rubber-stamp the full application to change the use of the building, a derelict former caretaker’s house on an industrial estate, into a training and counselling base.

A report to the panel says: “The development would bring a vacant property back into use and provide an accessible counselling and educational facility for vulnerable women, the aim being to help them exit the sex industry.“ The centre would be open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, with a drop-in service from 11am to 3pm every day.

The report says 13 letters of objection were received from locals, who feared an increase in anti-social behaviour. However there was also support, including from the local police superintendent, vicar, healthcare trust and GP.

One supporter said: “The Joanna project does important work supporting sex workers with the aim of exiting prostitution, find[ing] hope and rebuilding their lives.”