The Minerva WrapAround service, in partnership with London’s Mayor and the Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime (MOPAC), provides enhanced support to women and girls, aged 15 and above, with multiple and complex needs who have committed crime and those at risk of re-offending.
The service is a “whole system” response to women in the Criminal Justice System offered across 24 boroughs in North, East and West London.
Operating through a diverse referral process, the service provides women in contact with the Criminal Justice System with wrap around, holistic support services.
The Services receive referrals from the National Probation Service (NPS), local authorities, health providers, voluntary sector agencies and self-referrals.
Advance and its partners deliver;
One-to-one support across all pathways to offending by Advance Minerva keyworkers
Peer Mentors, with lived experience of the criminal justice system, providing one to one adhoc and regular support to women
3 Regional Women Centres (North, East and West London) as central hubs offering safe, women-only spaces for one to one support and group-work
18 borough-specific hubs, in collaboration with Local Authorities, where women can be supported in their communities
Tailored groups delivered in Women Centres by specialist partner organisations with established expertise of supporting women in the criminal justice system
Housing Co-ordinator offering in-depth knowledge of legislation and housing options in each borough
Support for Foreign Nationals (including trafficked women),and those with no recourse to public funds
Young Woman’s keyworker for 15+ year olds addressing issues such as emotional management, healthy relationships and self-esteem.
Additional support for women working in prostitution and exploitative lifestyles
Groups and workshops with specialist partner organisations addressing the needs of women that are linked to offending, including financial management, employability, mental health and domestic abuse
Groups and workshops
Women can access group-based support programmes in order to empower them to move forward with their lives and to challenge the stigma associated with women affected by the Criminal Justice System.