Lotus Sanctuary & 2020 Initiative Partnership To End Homelessness Post Lockdown
Midlands based Lotus Sanctuary CIC have joined forces with the socially conscious 2020 Initiative in their bid to eradicate homelessness across the UK.
Launched in January 2020 by private financiers Asprey Group, the 2020 Initiative has raised £236 million to tackle rough sleeping and aims to provide not only homes but ongoing care for 2,020 rough sleepers by the end of the year. This radical, sustainable approach to the long term pandemic of homelessness can also provide match funding for the Government’s “Housing First” program.
While the initiative caters broadly to all rough sleepers and those in temporary accommodation, this includes many of the marginalized groups that Lotus Sanctuary already support including: female victims of domestic violence, ex-offenders seeking rehabilitation and refugees.
Lotus Sanctuary will work closely with the 2020 Initiative to provide holistic wraparound support for vulnerable women being re-homed, based on the model they have successfully implemented throughout their 17 existing properties, predominantly across the West Midlands.
Established in August 2018, Lotus have so far enabled five homeless women to transition from supported housing on to their own independent accommodation, and currently have 23 adult and 14 children residents in their care. This is set to rise to around 500 as their partnership with the 2020 Initiative continues over the course of the year.
Lotus Sanctuary’s residents come from a range of unique backgrounds that share common threads, including but not limited to: trauma, addiction, mental health issues and domestic violence. Following the spike in reports of domestic abuse during lock down and with numbers anticipated to rise, it is even more imperative that long term, sustainable support solutions exist.
For more information on the 2020 Intitative: www.2020initiative.net
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.
EasyFundraising - Raise Money for Lotus Sanctuary Online Shopping
One of the simplest ways you can raise money for Lotus Sanctuary at no extra cost to you is using EasyFundraising when you shop online.
All you need to do is visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk and search for ‘Lotus Sanctuary CIC’ in the initial search bar. Click on ‘Lotus Sanctuary CIC’. This will then take you to our page where you can click the ‘Support this Cause’ button and go through a super fast, easy process to set up your account.
Once your account is created browse the hundreds of retailers that EasyFundraising partners with for some kind of idea as to how your online shopping can help. From insurance and energy companies to travel, retail and food shopping, there is a huge number of listed websites with varying donation rates. Sometimes these are a set percentage, e.g. 3% donation cash back from Booking.com, or sometimes donations are capped at a certain amount e.g. up to £15 using GoCompare Car Insurance.
You can either shop directly from the EasyFundraising site by searching for the retailer you’re going to use, or even easier download the handy add on for your internet browser which then creates a pop up that tells you when you’re on an eligible site. Simply click on the button which appears (as pictured below here in pink) to activate your donation and go ahead with your shopping as usual.
Lotus Sanctuary will be notified in a few working days that a donation has been received, but the details of which site and the items or services you have purchased are not listed – your privacy is always of utmost importance.
The donations made by shopping with each site change fairly frequently (with smaller retailers) with regular offers including increased donations for certain sites or doubled donations for certain periods. Check out EasyFundraising to see the sites with the biggest donations or keep an eye on Lotus Sanctuary’s social media pages for updates.
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