Around 130 women are sex-working. They’re some of Bristol’s most marginalised women. It’s dangerous, lonely and difficult to leave. But our vision is of a community where all women are valued and able to live fulfilled lives without the risk of being trapped in street sex work.
There’s no one-story-fits all. They’re somebody’s daughter, somebody’s sister, even somebody’s mother… Most of the vulnerable women we see on the streets are homeless, acutely malnourished and addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.
We see women who are deeply traumatised from childhood abuse and the violence of life on the streets. Yet these courageous women show tremendous skills and potential: in their supportive peer relationships, their creativity and humour and their survival.
The women we meet are in desperate situations. They are 12 times more likely to be murdered than other women. About 80% experience homelessness, 92% have chronic ill health and all are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. These women have all experienced domestic or sexual violence and many also experienced childhood trauma.
But each woman’s journey is unique and precious. One25 is the only organisation in Bristol specifically supporting marginalised street sex-working women. Our working ethos of unconditional love means we work with each woman who says she needs us until she is ready to move on. We celebrate each step and we never give up.
The Grosvenor Centre,
138 Grosvenor Road,