Wednesday 14th August

Hestia launches new dedicated service for women in RBKC

A new service, delivered by London charity Hestia, opened for women with complex needs on Wednesday 14th August at Whitchurch Road.

The new service will offer training, employment and housing support to women aged 18 to 65 who are referred to the service through the Kensington and Chelsea single homeless team.

Offering one to one personalised support, the service also seeks to support women to engage with relevant services and empower them to stabilise their lives.

Hideo Ikara, Commissioner for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, said:

“Kensington and Chelsea Council commissioned the project to respond to a specific need for women with complex needs to receive support in a safe, secure environment to live full, independent lives. We have been working with Hestia for more than 15 years to support our vulnerable residents to develop their independence”.

Sandra Simara, Service Manager for Hestia, said:

“We are proud to be the only female complex needs service within the borough of Kensington and Chelsea supporting vulnerable women on their recovery journey towards independence”.

All residents received individual gift bags from members of One Mama to Another, a group of mums who gift items to women going through difficult times.

The event concluded with a BBQ lunch in the garden decorated by the residents.

They are now seeking support to renovate two small areas in the garden which they hope can be transformed into a communal space with a focus on self-care.


About Hestia:  

Hestia supports adults and children across London in times of crisis.  

Last year Hestia worked with more than 9,000 people, including victims of modern slavery, women and children who have experienced domestic abuse, young care leavers and older people.

From giving someone a home to helping them to get the right mental health support, we support and enable people at the point of crisis. 

Hestia is also the home of UK SAYS NO MORE, a national campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence across the UK.  


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