Lotus Sanctuary Support Homeless Women Across West Midlands During COVID-19 & Beyond
Lotus Sanctuary are continuing to provide critical support to homeless women and their children across the West Midlands during COVID-19 and beyond.
At an unprecedented time when the nation is instructed to stay indoors, the homeless are not afforded this luxury, despite the West Midlands being an official ‘hotspot’ for the virus. While there are talks of creating emergency accommodation to allow the homeless to self isolate, this does little to tackle the ongoing issue of homelessness which Lotus Sanctuary is directly addressing all year round.
The vulnerable women in Lotus Sanctuary’s care come from a range of unique backgrounds that share common threads, including but not limited to: trauma, addiction, substance abuse, mental health issues and domestic violence.
With the need to now stay indoors Lotus are very concerned about the rate of violence against women and girls, which is expected to rise significantly over the coming weeks. Managing director of Lotus Sanctuary Gurpaal Judge says, “The current situation is a particularly dangerous one for the vulnerable women our service supports. Women still without housing or living at home with a domestic violence perpetrator are very much at increased risk now.”
Lotus provides support and accommodation for Mothers and Children and Single Females – across Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell & Dudley. Wraparound support for each resident is provided with ongoing support work, currently still taking place remotely, trauma informed therapy provided by the Lotus Clinical Therapy Service (temporarily suspended due to government guidelines), an empowerment plan and various activities that provide a holistic, healthy approach to growth and empowerment.
Ways to support Lotus Sanctuary in this time include monetary donations or donations of non perishable food items to be distributed to residents, which can be collected if necessary or dropped off at 28 Cleveland St, Wolverhampton, WV1 3HT outside the side yellow door (access via the carpark next to Casino 36, look for the Lotus logo which is painted onto the wall) Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm.
Wolves Women's Day 2020
On Sunday 8th March 2020 hundreds of people helped Lotus celebrate international women’s day by attending our Wolves Women’s Day 2020 event at the Light House, Wolverhampton.
The event was organised as a fundraiser and platform to raise awareness about our supported housing and clinical therapy services which support homeless and vulnerable women throughout the black country.
Aiming to encapsulate the Lotus ethos of ‘empowered women empowering women’ the event featured over 20 workshops and talks by women for everyone of all genders and ages, spanning topics from overcoming emotional abuse to navigating the menopause, and activities from meditation to children’s storytelling.
Over 20 different female led local businesses and initiatives were also present on the day, operating in the main courtyard area and providing a central hub for people to meet and connect.
There was also live music by female musicians throughout the day, a visit by Mayor of Wolverhampton Claire Darke and a raffle drawn later in the afternoon.
The event was accompanied by an all-female DJ night hosted the evening before by local vinyl group All Hands On Deck, and the launch of the latest edition of Collectivism magazine, who also curated a women’s day themed art exhibition at the venue (running until the end of March).
With all events combined (and a fundraising effort from the Wolverhampton Asda branch) the total funds raised were: £1515.89, all of which will go directly towards supporting homeless and vulnerable women in the local community.
A huge thank you for everyone who made the day happen! We could not have done this without the support of everyone involved. Let’s continue to be empowered women empowering women all year round.
- You can pick up your FREE copy of Collectivism at The Light House, any of the Wolverhampton library branches or various public places and cafes around Wolverhampton city centre.
- The Women’s Day exhibition at Light House features a multitude of local women artists and an impressive array of mixed media, and runs until approx April 2020.
- If you attended WWD 2020 but did not have chance to donate on the day you can make a secure payment 24/7 via the donate link on our website. All donations are appreciated.