Job description: Policy and Communications Officer at Sonas Housing
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
Paula McGovern's Recent Activity
"Sonas Housing Association Ltd provides housing, refuge and support support to women and children who are homeless because of domestic violence. We provide women-centred programmes to suit the needs of women in our service.
Our programmes include:
- A crisis refuge service (Viva House)
- A supported housing service
- Visiting support
- Policy and advocacy work on the issue of domestic violence
- Other specialist domestic violence housing support services
- Children’s support service for children who have witnessed the effects of domestic violence
The ultimate aim of Sonas is to ensure that women using our service are enabled to regain control of their lives and their independence. We have a children’s support service that helps children come to terms with the effects of witnessing domestic violence. We have dedicated women support workers and children support workers who work closely with the women and children during their time at Sonas. They work on issues as diverse as safety planning to supplying information on local adult education classes and sports and social clubs.
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