What services do Amadudu provide and who is the service for
We provide independent living apartments (temporary accommodation) within the refuge building for 6 women and their children. We have 3- and 2-bedroom apartments to cater for women with larger numbers of children from babies to aged 18 years, and provide adaptable space for single women, however we do prioritise women and children. Family support Women and children are supported through individual support plans from arrival to resettlement including aftercare support where needed. The work of the team involves safeguarding the family, risk assessments and advocacy support. We provide a range of services and activities to support service user’s health and wellbeing, financial, emotional, social, education and pathways to employment needs of women. We provide confidence building using various methods to empower and enable women to be independent and have a voice. Children are supported into education including in-house Ofsted registered creche provision, access to nurseries, schools, children and family centres.
How is the project managed’?
A Board of Trustees have overall responsibility for Management of the Project and quality of services. Amadudu Board are black led and have a plethora of skills and experience.
Board Areas of Expertise Include:
Domestic Abuse and social care, Housing Management, Health and Mental Health, Children and Family Support, Social work, Finance, Project Management, Organisation development, Policy Development and Training, Equality and Diversity, Arts and social inclusion, Staff Training and HR. Amadudu review and recruit new members in line with skills required for the organisation
The Staff Team
A skilled and experienced staff team representative of Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds provide wrap around 24 hours 7 days a week services for families, including Manager, family support, night and weekend floating support staff.
The core team are supported by volunteers involved in family support and children’s services. Amadudu regularly recruit and train volunteers to ensure they gain skills to improve their C.V’ for job seeking or to support their chosen educational course. Many volunteers have benefitted from shadowing staff, supporting families, working with children and progressed to successful careers, self-employment and higher education. Volunteers are valued by the project, at any one time the project at full capacity accommodates up to 6 women and 22 children and staff team appreciate the support volunteers provide.
There’s currently nobody listed under the team.
How is the project funded?
Amadudu is a registered Charity. We are commissioned by the Liverpool City Council to deliver the core services for women and children survivors of Domestic Abuse. We have a number of funding streams that support various aspects of service, resources and activities for the women and children, Examples of funders supporting the organisation include: MHCLG, Police Crime Commission, Imkaan VAWG fund, PH Holt, Women’s Aid Federation England, Comic Relief, MPAC, LCVS Community Fund, Austin Smith Fund, Merseyside Playing fields to name a few, including many donations from other local. charity/community groups including food, toys, clothes, hygiene packs. Amadudu plan and review our fundraising strategy regularly to ensure funding is fit for purpose for the needs of the services users and to enable sustainability for the specialist service for the future.