"MASH stands with and supports women who are sex working or thinking about it so they are safer, healthier and have better wellbeing.
We received funding from the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity which helped us to support women who sex work or have ‘survival sex’ over the pandemic, many of whom also experience homelessness and other huge challenges such as mental ill health and domestic violence.
The funding contributed to running our drop-in centre and our night-time outreach via the MASH van. It contributed to essential items such as food, drink, hygiene packs, and attack alarms to make sure that women’s immediate needs were met at a time when they were at the sharpest end of risks.
The impact on our beneficiaries was significant as they were able to receive both immediate short-term and more in-depth support from us, an organisation they trust at a very challenging time when many other local organisations closed their doors.
Women told us MASH was a ‘lifeline’ and that they couldn’t believe MASH were still there when everywhere else was closed."
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