In Celebration of International Women’s day 2020, Lotus Sanctuary hosted ‘Wolves Women’s Day’ – a day to empower women through shared learning, new connections and a celebration of all it means to be a woman. The day was packed with workshops, talks, live music, stalls and more, all of which were led by Women. We had a great turn out and we’re joined by the mayoress of Wolverhampton, Claire Darke.
The essence of the event was to capture Lotus’ slogan, “Empowered Women, Empowering Women”, something we feel the event did. The stalls, talks and workshops were all female run, again showcasing local women’s talents and successes.
All funds raised go to Lotus Sanctuary; a community interest company with the pure and simple of intention of housing and empowering vulnerable women suffering a range of complex issues. We offer long-term solutions to ladies with complex needs. Options for homeless women in the UK were severely limited, with the choice generally being between male dominated hostels, rife with drugs and exploitation or overcrowded refuges that exclude women with mental health or substance misuse issues.
At Lotus we do things differently. Our residents are housed in either self-contained flats and apartments or are housed with only one other person. This allows them to turn a house into a home and allows us to offer individualised holistic support. After we meet the crucial need of safe and secure accommodation our support is then structured around the resident’s core issues and needs, allowing residents to recover from the issues that led them to homelessness in the first place.