Kiran Project: Kiran Support Services
Kiran Asian Women's Aid believes that all women and children have the right to live free from violence and to leave a home or relationship where the risk of such violence exists. Kiran's services are provided in a non-judgemental, non-directive form in a culturally sensitive way, thus empowering women to make their own decisions and regain control of their lives. It is a service, provided by Asian women, which provides safe, temporary accomodation for Asian women and their children. Kiran works closely with other service providers at a local and national level to raise awareness of Domestic Violence issues.
- 7 furnished rooms with the capacity to offer accomodation to seven women and fourteen children at any one time, for up to six months
- Provides emotional, practical and advocacy support (information on welfare benefits/housing/legal issues/Children's Services)
- English language classes are provided on-site with creche facilities
A resettlement service is provided through a full-time Resettlement Officer who works with non and ex residents. Advice is given on welfare benefits and finance, and support to non-residents suffering emotional turmoil or domestic violence. Individual support sessions and confidential advice is provided for ex-residents requiring support as they attempt to resettle and rebuild their lives, as well as assistance in moving home.
A full-time Community Outreach Worker provides the following services:
- drop-in advice sessions
- educational and training courses
- confidence/assertiveness courses
- support groups
- casework and advocacy
- social and educational events
Kiran recognises the impact that domestic abuse can have on children and provides services such as creches, summer playschemes, information and support with finding childcare places, assessments, referrals and sessions to assess the child's needs.