Solace Women's Aid

Project Title:Ascent Advice and Counselling
Total London Councils Grant:£5,700,952
Funding period:01 April 2017 to 31 March 2021
Priority:Tackling Sexual and Domestic Violence
Service area:2.2 Advice, counselling and support to access services (for medium risk post-IDVA and target groups not accessing generalist provision)


The project provides support for women (age 16+) affected by DV/SV and prevents its escalation through individually tailored advice, support and therapeutic services to enable women to cope, recover and move to independence.  The Project provides four key service areas with a holistic delivery model providing initial response to all forms of Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) as well as after-care from IDVA services:

-       Advice, including legal support, through a hub and spoke model and inclusive of targeted support for BME women; those with NRPF; young women (including gang affected age 14+); sexually exploited women (including those with problematic substance use issues) and women with complex housing needs to enable them to access safe accommodation.

-       One to one BACP accredited counselling delivered within each borough as well as counselling in over 20 languages provided by BME led by and for organisations.  

-       A bespoke in-borough group work programme, as well as specialist BME focused group work across the partner organisations to aid recovery, reduce isolation and increase understanding of abuse.

-       No Recourse fund to assist women with no recourse to public funds with essential living costs and accommodation.

-       Training including legal training to professionals and accredited VAWG training to volunteers and therapeutic training to clinicians.

- The project will deliver a range of outcomes including increased safety, access to safe housing, legal support, reduced risk, improved mental/physical health and well-being, increased confidence/self-esteem and increased knowledge for service providers around DV/SV.

Referral route

Gill Herd, Senior Manager - Partnerships

Email: ascenta& or call 0203 198 4661

Solace Women's Aid, Unit 5-7 Blenheim Court, 62 Brewery Road, N7 9NY

Referral routes:

East London (Solace Women’s Aid): 0808 802 5565;

West London (Women and Girls Network): 0808 801 0660;

London Legal Advice (Rights of Women): 0207 608 1137

Borough benefits


  • Solace Women's Aid
  • Ashiana Network
  • Asian Women's Resource Centre
  • Chinese Information and Advice Centre
  • EACH Counselling and Support
  • Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation
  • IMECE Women's Centre
  • Jewish Women's Aid
  • Latin American Women's Rights Service
  • The Nia Project
  • Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre
  • Rights of Women
  • Southall Black Sisters
  • Women and Girls Network