KEY STATS FROM OUR 2023 IMPACT REPORT
women were supported this year
mums supported - with 64 children indirect beneficiaries of our work
training programme days delivered
certificates awarded in Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering Level 2
of women were in EEVT* after completing their two year programme
hours of one-to-one support delivered
Mahia is a survivor of domestic abuse.
"When I came to Luminary I got lots of support. I liked learning to bake with my friends. The teacher was so helpful. I liked it at the end of each day when we did a photoshoot and held up what we baked. I was proud because I had never baked before.
I was living in a refuge with eight other girls at the time and they knew my baking day at Luminary and would be waiting for me to get home with cake! I was the most popular girl in the refuge.
I’m now at college doing ESOL Level 2 and I’d like to go to university in the future. Luminary helped me to get my job. I’m a Kitchen Assistant and I make 250 cookies each shift.
Two years ago my life was very hard. I felt like I couldn’t do anything by myself. But slowly I have become an independent woman, and I’m proud of that. I will never forget where I was before and where I am now.”
THE NEED FOR OUR WORK
1 in 4
women in England and Wales will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime.
Women who experience domestic abuse are twice as likely to experience depression
1 in 50
people in London were estimated by London Councils to be homeless in August 2023
Approximately 166,000 homeless Londoners live in temporary accommodation, of whom 65% are women
Fewer than 4% of women who have been in prison are in employment 6 weeks after their release. This compares to 11% for men
cases of homelessness in London rose by 54% between 2013 and 2023.
of the women we supported in 2023:
were care leavers
had been involved in the criminal justice system
had experienced homelessness
had experienced gender based violence
Luminary’s Literature Review was undertaken to ensure that our mission and approach are responding to a genuine, documented need and are informed by the recommendations of existing research. It involved extensive reading and analysis around the theme of unemployment among women, particularly survivors of gender-based violence.
We read a wide variety of research but attempted to base this piece of work in our ‘home town’ of North East London where Luminary’s work is rooted. We discuss the key barriers to employability for women who have survived gender-based violence and note recommendations for our model, many of which have already been implemented.