After a few years of working with a night time van outreach, our founder wanted to do more to support the women they were meeting. In 2012, together with a couple of good friends, the first Pearls Drop-In started.
Over the next few years, volunteers from a charity we were connected with and local churches helped us run women’s groups, and offered one-on-one support for women. We built relationships and began to offer connection, help through individual circumstances and pastoral support.
By the third week of March 2020, lockdown hit. Many of the women we work alongside were vulnerable to Covid-19 due to ill-health, as well as their usual income being impacted due to the pandemic and lockdown. We started a mobile food-bank and received funding to provide mobile phones and wellbeing packs, which we distributed in partnership with other agencies who support Liverpool’s sex workers.
Despite the difficult circumstances, we we able to connect with more women, building relationships on doorsteps when delivering, or through regular phone calls and text messages with people we’ve never met in person as well as keeping the contact and support for those we've known for a long time. These connections have led to us supporting some women through situations including homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault.
Where we are now
We're now looking for a new team of volunteers to continue and develop our work, to expand our services and to help support our women (and more women) consistently and well. Do get in touch if you would like to join our team and be a part of our story!
Pearls Project A project of YWAM Liverpool Part of YWAM England and Wales Registered charity no. 264078