APPG - Women with Complex Needs
On Wednesday 19th October, Sandra Morgan (ON Beneficiary Ambassador) and Justine Sadler (ON Domestic Violence and Abuse Lead) attended an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Women with Complex Needs and Duel Diagnosis at the House of Lords.
APPGs are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords. Turning Point acts as the secretariat for the APPG on Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis and the meeting was chaired by the Chief Executive, Lord Victor Adebowale, who is a Non-Executive Director of NHS England and the Co-operative Group, and has more than 25 years' experience in the health, social care and housing sector. In 2000 he was awarded the CBE for services to the New Deal, the unemployed and homeless young people, and was appointed as a cross bench peer in 2001. He has been co-chair of the APPG since its formation in 2007.
There were a number of guest speakers at the APPG from different services including; Katherine Sacks-Jones from Agenda, Jennifer Holly from AVA (Against Violence and Abuse), Lisa Dando from Brighton Women's Centre as well as academics from various universities.
The main objective of the group was to discuss multiple needs faced by women and the links between violence, abuse, poverty and wider disadvantage. The discussions focused around how women with multiple needs are more likely to be vulnerable to further exploitation, to hide themselves away, and how they require a different response from services working with them (as currently many services are not equipped to provide specific support for these women).
The group was restricted to an hour and a quarter of discussion time and due to there being so much to cover, a follow-up meeting will take place. It was a really informative event, and all of the speakers had a vested interest in addressing the issues surrounding women with multiple needs, and working together to improve support for them.
If you would like to find out more about our work with women Beneficiaries, please call 0115 850 4128 and ask to speak to Sandra or Justine.