Who is Asha for?
The Asha Centre offers vulnerable women from all ethnic backgrounds in Worcestershire a range of on-site services. Our origins are in providing services to women offenders, however, the scope of the project expanded several years ago and Asha offers support to women from different backgrounds and cultures in the county.
The key characteristic of the women with whom we work is that they are affected by multiple disadvantages. They are socially excluded, considered “hard to reach” and do not engage with main stream services. The most common problems are isolation, lack of confidence, depression, mental health, domestic violence and abuse, housing issues, lone parenthood, substance misuse, lack of family support, financial problems and reliance on benefits
Referrals come from different sources: mental health professionals, the Probation service, prisons, gps, housing providers, Childrens Services. substance misuse agencies and other local community agencies. Once accepted, a referral is allocated to a support coordinator who will contact a woman within 48 hours to arrange an appointment.