Women’s Homelessness Involvement Group (WHIG) Action Group

Issues specific to women facing homelessness.

What is the purpose of the group?

  • To drive change towards more women’s accommodation (and women only accommodation). 

What we mean by women only, is accommodation that is:

  • Completely separate from male accommodation
  • Small accommodation – a smaller building with fewer rooms
  • Properly staffed and trauma informed
  • To improve homeless services for women in Manchester
  • Through meaningful involvement from experts by experience to ensure women’s voices are heard, listened to and acted on by services and decision makers

What are the aims of the group?

  • Influence providers and commissioners
  • Improve women’s emergency accommodation (and women’s experience of this)
  • Influence a more joined up and gendered approach to staff training and workplace practices
  • Improve service information available for women and access for women

Why and how was the group established?

The group was established in late 2018, after a launch event. Street Support and Manchester Homelessness Partnership (MHP) set-up the group, because they felt that there was a need for something for women. The launch event held last in 2018 brought together about 100 women, this was coordinated by Street Support and co-facilitated by them and Eve Holt. From this the women said that they wanted a women’s homelessness action group and this was taken forward by MASH and Riverside for the first few meetings.

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