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.