The Connect Hub (For Women)
Simon Community Scotland are in the process of developing a brand new support centre for women, opening in late autumn 2023. The Connect Hub (For Women) will be a psychologically informed space, designed by and for women. Delivering a model of holistic support and care, as well as opportunities to access group work, education and employability pathways, our ambition is for women to come together in one community space. The Hub will connect women with their communities – but also with services that can help them with their overall well-being. The Connect Hub will bring together partner agencies and organisations delivering services for women, focused on access to housing, mental health, welfare rights, harm reduction, sexual health and more.
This unique model is founded in co-production ensuring women’s voices are held at the centre. We support women who, despite facing many challenges accessing support, hold the most resilience, creativity, humour and passion to make things better for other women.
We know how difficult it can be for women to get the right support, at the right time. That is why to develop the model and ensure that women are represented from the inception, we are working with a Steering Group of six women who have living experience of homelessness. This group has informed us about what good support can and should be for women, and how they want the Connect Hub to look and feel. They are best placed to envision what best practice looks like for women accessing support.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou
At the core of the Connect Hub lies the essence of relational practice. Within the space, women will have the opportunity to come together, nurture meaningful connections with each other, with their community and with essential services and support they require. Additionally, a dedicated team of skilled practitioners, volunteers and mentors will be on site to create an environment where women can thrive, feel empowered and achieve their goals.
The Connect Hub is a community project focused on supporting women experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Our Women’s Steering Group has worked hard to develop our approach within the Connect Hub. Together, we have developed the following pillars, which will underpin everything that we do.
You can help support us by providing one-off or monthly donations.
The project is dependent upon the generosity and support from grants and donations. We need to raise £150k to allow us to be available 7 days a week for women.
We are also working to support women into safe houses and help them to create a home. A Home Options Pack includes deposit, starter pack, a home pack, a comfort pack, digital pack and safety pack. Each Home Options Pack costs us £1800.