The Gaia Centre, Lambeth

The Gaia Centre, run by Refuge

Are you afraid of your partner? Your ex? A member of your family? Is someone threatening you or forcing you to do something against your will? Do you need to escape from someone? Do you need support to stay safe at home?

If you’re in Lambeth, call the Gaia Centre on 

020 7733 8724 

or email lambethvawg@refuge.org.uk

In an emergency, always call 999

 

What is the Gaia Centre?
The Gaia Centre provides confidential, non-judgemental and independent support services for those living in the London borough of Lambeth who are experiencing gender-based violence. Our services support women and girls aged 13 and over, and men aged 16 or over – including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or are unsure of their sexuality. The Gaia Centre also supports transgender clients who identify as male, female, as another gender, or are questioning their gender identity.

What is gender-based violence?
Gender-based violence occurs when an individual or group of individuals exerts power and control over someone else.

Types of gender-based violence include:
• Domestic violence (physical, sexual, financial, emotional or psychological abuse)
• Rape and sexual assault
• Stalking
• Prostitution
• Trafficking for sexual exploitation
• Female genital mutilation (FGM)
• Forced marriage
• So-called ‘honour’-based violence

Who can access support from the Gaia Centre?
Anyone living in Lambeth who has experienced or is at risk of gender-based violence and is one of the following:
• Women and girls aged over 13
• Men aged 16 or older
• Transgender and identifies as male, female, as another gender, or is questioning their gender identity

Our services are available to the above clients and their children. We will provide support that suits your individual needs.

What support is available from the Gaia Centre?
Everyone’s needs are unique and we will work with you to create a support plan that helps keep you safe. For example you may need to:
• Talk to someone who understands what you are going through
• Receive support with contacting the police
• Move away from the area
• Access a refuge
• Stay at home but want to find out how you can keep safe
• Receive support if you are considering going to court
• Access legal advice
• Manage your financial situation
• Find out about support networks in your community
• Get specialist support for your children

What services are available from the Gaia Centre?
• One-to-one confidential, non-judgmental, independent support
• A specialist independent gender-based violence advocacy (IGVA) team to support you if you are at risk of serious harm
• A specialist service for 13-16 year-old girls
• A sanctuary scheme to help you remain in your home safely
• Group support
• A peer support scheme to help break your isolation; to help build social networks and to support you while you regain control of your life
• Volunteering opportunities

What is Refuge?
Refuge is the country’s largest provider of specialist support for women and children experiencing domestic violence. Our services change lives and save lives. We opened the world’s first safe house for abused women and children in West London, in 1971. Our national network of services now supports 3,000 women and children on any given day. If you are being abused, Refuge’s expert staff can provide confidential, non-judgmental support. We can help you rebuild your life free from fear.

 

at the Gaia centre, run by RefugeThe Gaia Centre is looking for volunteers

Volunteering opportunity: Peer mentor

Do you live, work or have any connections in the London Borough of Lambeth? Have you previously experienced gender based violence? We are looking for peer mentors to work with people who are or have experienced gender based violence. This could include domestic violence, female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, so-called honour based violence, sexual violence, trafficking, prostitution and/or stalking. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a volunteer to enhance the services provided by the Gaia Centre. The role would include:

  • Providing emotional and practical support to victims of gender based violence
  • Awareness raising
  • Answering calls into the service
  • Some administrative tasks
  • Supporting the coordinator in running groups

Visit Do-It to find out more and apply for this volunteer role.

talk to someone who understands what you are going through?

move away? stay safe at home? access the criminal and civil justice system?

access lawyers?

get counselling?

manage your financial situation?

find out about support networks in your community?

get specialist support for your children?