RHONA INNES, BCAh
Rhona is a Criminal Justice Worker with Sacro’s Another Way Service, a service that provides help and support to women involved in the sex industry. These women can experience homelessness, rape and sexual assault, addiction and/or mental health issues, and abusive relationships. Rhona provides the best possible support for these women.
When women stopped accessing the outreach van, Rhona sought to understand the cause and the solution. The mobile drop-in van was operated in conjunction with the NHS and the women said it parked too far away for them to safely use it. Rhona enlisted the help of partner agencies and sourced a fixed site where she could host the service for the women. They can now access a safe space which provides holistic support for high risk and vulnerable women – accessing safety advice and receive essential supplies such as food and toiletries.
By building trusting relationships with the women Rhona has been able to source safe accommodation for those who need to flee abusive relationships, secure training and development opportunities for women wishing to build their CVs to enter employment and, ensure that women with addictions can access the appropriate support and safe injecting equipment.
Nominated by: Joan Alexander