The campaign for an iconic, visionary and transformative Women’s Building, that meets the needs of women, replacing and improving the vital services that were lost when the prison closed, to be built as a living legacy on the site of the former prison.
Healthy communities, with access to facilities and infrastructure, is part of the vision for the Holloway Women’s Building. When HMP Holloway colsed, all the specialist women’s services that went into the prison to help the women were dissapated, with no central place that they could network and provide a holistic approach to helping women, whose issues were often multiple, wide-ranging and complex.
The Holloway Women’s Building is looking to address this vacuum of services by manifesting in an iconic Living Legacy Women’s Building of National importance that serves not only vulnerable and ex-offender women, but all women, whatever their circumstances, their families, and the community at large. What we propose are parts of the building are for general and community use and the further up the building you go, the more specialist and women-only the spaces become, being entirely women-only on the upper floors. This approach will provide meaningful activities in terms of a dedicated art department and space hire for community events, as well as providing a wide range of services that will help heal and empower all women and their families.
We truly believe that this approach will help tackle some of societies current endemic ills; violence against women, gangs, mental health concerns, unemployment and skills shortages. The occupants of the housing on the site will benefit more from a vibrant and inclusive Women’s Building, than they will from cramming as many flats as possible on the site in order to address the singular problem of the housing list.
We want is a Women’s Building that is looking towards a healthy, equitable and creative space for women. A building that meets the needs of women, not a building with inadequate service provision that women have to arrange their lives around to access services when the service providers happen to be able to book space.
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