Brighton Oasis Project (BOP) received some exciting news last week, when it was awarded a Tampon Tax Fund grant of £217,000 over the course of three years to deliver a range of services for women across Sussex who are involved in the sex industry. BOP will work in partnership with agencies across Sussex increasing capacity to respond to women’s needs, prioritising their safety and well-being.
The Tampon Tax Fund is designed to benefit charities that support women and girls, particularly those affected by violence and domestic abuse.
(BOP) is a substance misuse service for women and families in the heart of Brighton.
For nearly 20 years, BOP has been supporting local women with drug and alcohol problems and providing care and support for children affected by substance misuse in the family.
Service users include women offenders, women working in the sex industry, homeless women and women whose children are ‘at risk’. Last year. BOP directly supported over 400 women and 150 children in Brighton.
The project to be funded will aim to:
• Increase the safety and wellbeing of women involved in sex work
• Improve outcomes for women involved in sex work in relation to recovery from sexual violence and abuse
• Improve outcomes for women with complex needs who are involved in the sex industry
Jo-Anne Welsh, Director of Brighton Oasis Project, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded £217k from the government’s Tampon Tax Fund. This funding will enable us to expand and strengthen our services for women involved in sex work. Cuts to BOP’s funding over the last few years have created a challenging environment for us to work in and respond to the new ways in which sex work is undertaken. Sex workers are especially vulnerable to violence and the funding will enable us to recruit more staff who will be able to reach women across Sussex and ultimately make them safer.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am delighted to hear that this funding will help to boost services for potentially vulnerable women in Sussex.
“My office has previously funded the Brighton Oasis Project in their worthwhile endeavours and it’s heartening to know that this money will be targeted at improving the safety of women in the county involved in sex work.”