The Petrus Community has been providing supported housing and related services to homeless people since 1972.

Petrus Women

Petrus provides a range of services for women in Rochdale Borough as well as Rossendale and Oldham.

We have female-only supported housing at three sites across the Borough with a total of 21 bed-spaces, four mixed-gender services with 58 bed-spaces and 20 men-only bed-spaces. Many of our female residents have experience of domestic abuse including controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour and can encompass physical, sexual, psychological, financial or emotional abuse. This can result in low self-esteem and self-confidence, feelings of helplessness and powerlessness, anxiety, depression and a lowered sense of self-worth, and can present as, substance use, offending, joblessness and homelessness. Petrus works to enable victims to make informed decisions and choices about their own futures.

Our range of accommodation and other support services allows us to offer support at the appropriate level for each individual, promoting empowerment and resilience rather than dependency while protecting the most vulnerable and minimising risk.

We have a range of activities which have therapeutic value but can also promote engagement, resilience and employability, including gardening, singing, art and film projects, volunteering and employment training. Residents will also have free access to clothing, children’s toys etc. from the Petrus Community Store. These existing Petrus services will provide added value to this contract as they will be easily accessible by the residents of the refuge and support them in rebuilding their lives.

Petrus Women News

What to do if you're concerned about a rough sleeper

As the nights draw in and temperatures start to drop, most of us get to go back home, snuggle down and warm up. Some of us, however, don't get this luxury. The number of rough sleepers on the streets
  Nov 2018

Introducing the new Petrus brand

Petrus is launching its new look, including a new logo, font and colours. After speaking to staff, trustees and service users, Petrus decided it was time to freshen up its brand. Petrus provide so m
  Apr 2018

The Petrus Pedals Community Cycling Club and Bike Kitchen to launch on Saturday 24 March.

Opening at the Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre, visitors to the store can get help and advice from professionals on how to fix and maintain their bike; there will also be affordable second hand bike
  Mar 2018

Job opportunity – Project Worker, Women in Prison

Do you have a commitment to working within a women-centred service and to making a difference to vulnerable women's lives? Women in Prison (WIP) are a unique national charity providing support, advic
  Feb 2018

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