Job description: Women's Strategy and Campaigns Volunteer at ST MUNGOS
Areas of interest: Housing and homelessness – services for women with complex needs, Domestic abuse, Families and children – including relationships, Substance use, Women involved in the criminal justice system, Mental health and wellbeing, Childhood trauma – including being in care or childhood abuse, Employment and skills, Improving support for women involved in prostitution
Lauren Coldwell's Recent Activity
"The National Child Traumatic Stress Network's document all about Early Childhood Trauma containing what it is, why it is unique, effects etc.
Reply To: Childhood trauma and women’s homelessness
"Interesting article in the Guardian about the mental health of women in crisis
Reply To: Mental health and wellbeing
"St Mungo’s Move On Training (MOT) Women’s Group, held at the South London Women’s Hostel, is a training group specifically designed to support women who are looking to move on from their hostel to independent accommodation. It is a 6 session weekly course designed and facilitated, for a maximum of 10 women, by a woman who has successfully moved on from living in St Mungo’s accommodation.
Much of the content of the 3 hour sessions is the same as the standard St Mungo’s Move On Training, however the structure and atmosphere of the sessions is completely different, focusing on the specific needs of women. It is a safe space for discussion about personal goals and difficulties specifically relevant to its female participants, such as domestic violence, prostitution, sexual abuse and children. All the facilitators were women that had been residents at St Mungo’s which proved to create an understanding and supportive environment from those who were further along in the move on process towards those just starting out. This supportive environment has proved essential to the group’s success, as most women had identified that negative influences from peers had been holding them back. The group has a main focus on goal setting supported by a volunteer life coach. Sessions included:
-Growing with change/getting involved in your community
-Basic DIY and decorating
-Health and wellbeing
One member of the group was a 24 year old woman who was soon to leave the hostel as her pregnancy meant that she needed alternative accommodation. In the course she set goals relating to childcare, accommodation and enrolling in a college course. The course, supported by talking with her key worker, helped her to take more control and a more active role in succeeding to achieve these goals. The group is looking to continue to run on a 3 month basis and to be held in an external venue in the future to further encourage women to access support outside of their projects."
Reply To: Housing and homelessness – services for women with complex needs