Initially the news was that the Scarborough women’s community project unfortunately closed it’s doors in September 2016. The decision was made following unsuccessful attempts at securing continuous funding for the creche facility along with additional roles that had previously contributed to the centres operating costs.
A temporary gender specific environment in Scarborough for women directly referred through criminal justice pathways has recently been established due to the successful tender for women’s services across York and North Yorkshire, it is envisaged that permanent premises will be sought early 2017 that will increase capacity and offer provision for all women, including those at risk of offending.
Disc are now providers of women’s services in North Yorkshire commissioned by the CRC. The 3 year contract includes enhanced provision for women released from prison including mentoring, collection from the gate and increased community support. The service is delivered from 6 women’s hubs including Scarborough, Selby, Skipton, Harrogate, York and Northallerton. A variety of groups and programmes, mentor training, community outreach, improving access to key services and holistic interventions in line with reporting requirements is now available for women across the geographic area.
The service launched in October 2016, it is anticipated that services will develop to meet the needs of women and their families following any identified gaps in provision. DISC are keen to collaborate with existing providers to offer enhanced services and would be keen to hear from interested members in these areas who have shared missions and values. Any queries or thoughts can be directed to Tracey Cornhill, Women’s project lead. E: Tracey.Cornhill@Disc-vol.org.uk or T: 07585 302686