On the Street

Hackney

Open Doors provide weekly outreach to women who sell sex on the streets of Hackney.
Team members go out in a marked NHS car between the hours of 10pm and 2am on a Tuesday evening.
We distribute condoms, syringe packs, provide hot drinks and food.  Open Doors offer a limited service at night.  However at The Breakfast Drop-In  (open on Thursday between 10am-2pm) you can benefit from support and case management.


The kinds of services on offer are:



  • Hot shower and clean clothes

  • Cooked breakfast

  • Free condoms

  • Ordering new birth certificates

  • Signing up for benefits

  • Supporting women into housing (both supported and temporary accommodation) often possible on the day of drop-in but never more than a few days wait for an appointment

  • Support to access  a methadone script

  • Same day access to screening and treatment for STI’s

  • Support with housing or utility bill problems

  • A specialist worker who can help if you have been raped or sexually assaulted

  • A specialist worker who can help if you are in trouble with the law or need help to navigate the criminal justice system

  • Workers who are knowledgeable and supportive if you are or need to be involved with Social Services

  • A male worker who can offer support and services to a male partner if you have one.

All of these services are provided at the drop-in but also at the office in which we are based at St Leonards Hospital.  If you would like to learn more about our service for Hackney street sex workers contact Jacqui 07852918404.


 


The EXperience Project 


The Experience project is supported by the West Hackney Parochial Trust.
This is a support and advice service for women wishing to explore ceasing or reducing street sex work.  We work with women to build skills and confidence around volunteering, numeracy and literacy and to develop a personal plan that supports them to identify a range of personal challenges and goals.  Weekly support and creative sessions at our drop-in enable women to start planning medium to long-term goals of integration into employment and education.  Support with these workshops comes from a range of professionals and visits to local training providers.


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the EXperience Project we will ask you to commit to a programme of activities (minimum 4 weeks) and be DBS checked in line with Homerton University Hospital Trust guidelines.  Volunteering is unpaid, however, Open Doors is able to allocate an agreed amount towards each project for the cost of project resources.  Costs will be agreed in advance by Open Doors.  We are interested in talking to individuals who could tailor short, creative and active courses for women.  To discuss this further please contact Georgina.Perry@Homerton.nhs.uk


Please also see Policing and street based sex work.


 


 

Tower Hamlets

The Open Doors Health Advisor supports street based sex workers to access sexual and reproductive health care.   She also provides asymtomatic sexual health testing in community settings.


 

Newham

Open Doors provide weekly outreach to women who sell sex on the streets of Newham.
Team members go out in a marked NHS car between the hours of 9pm and 12 midnight on Monday and Thursday. We distribute condoms, syringe packs, provide hot drinks and food.  Open Doors offer a limited service at night.  However at The Breakfast Club  (open on Tuesdays between 10am-12.30pm) you can benefit from support and case management, no appointment necessary, call or text and we can call you back.


The kinds of services on offer are:


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  • Free condoms

  • Ordering new birth certificates or ID

  • Benefits

  • Support to access accommodation.

  • Same day access to screening and treatment for STI’s

  • Support with debt and  housing issues

  • Specialist support if you have been raped or sexually assaulted

  • Support with any criminal justice issues

  • Support with Social Services


Our office space is:
One Stop Shop, 2 Central Park Road, E6 3DY.  Tel 0203 3849 413 Ext 241.
If you would like to learn more about our service contact Fatima on 07971 795203


Please also see Policing and street based sex work.