COMMUNITY ORGANISATION AWARD FOR GENDER –
A Way Out an outreach & prevention charity engages, empowers & equips vulnerable women, families & children to live free from harm, abuse & exploitation reducing life limiting choices. Established 17 years ago it delivers four service areas; Liberty Project- the only specialist holistic service for on-street sex workers in Tees Valley offering outreach, engagement & recovery for drug & alcohol dependent socially isolated women with complex needs involved in survival sex work; Blossom project works with women aged 16-24 experiencing multiple disadvantages, building emotional resilience & encouraging positive life choices, aiming to prevent vulnerability to exploitation & progress into survival sex work; Youth & Families project works with children aged 8-12 & their families providing an environment in which those experiencing social & emotional difficulties learn new skills, practise positive behaviour & build resilience to effect sustainable positive change. Andy Roberts was 23 years old when he died by suicide. The resultant devastation that hit his family was also followed by something more positive – his brother-in-law, professional rugby player Luke Ambler and Andy’s mum Elaine Roberts, became determined to prevent as many families as they could from going through such a trauma. In just three years, Andys Man Club has become one of the most important organisations working to help men today. Their group sessions are changing the lives of thousands who have hit rock bottom and are continuing to grow in number at a remarkable rate. Last year they had 10,000 men use the groups with 20 volunteer led clubs situated across the UK. This incredible organisation is now averaging just under 600 men a week all coming together to help each other through shared experience, and the word is getting out there that we no longer need to keep our struggles to ourselves.