MASH provides 1-on-1 support to some of the most vulnerable women in Manchester.
In 2015 – 2016 MASH supported 884 women. The majority of the women were street and sauna workers. 250 of the women were supported by the MASH Outreach Van and 350 women used the services at the Drop-In. Since the start of the recession we have seen around a 20% increase in the number of women using MASH services.
- 133 women were given advice about exiting
- 117 Dodgy Punter reports were made
- 302 Instances of contraceptive advice being given
- 278 HIV tests done
- 273 women given emotional advice
- 360 women given safer sex advice
- Women were given condoms on 2724 occasions
What our Service Users Say
“MASH has helped me turn my life around”
“I love MASH it gives me something to focus on in life”
“I don’t want to take drugs anymore, I think the staff are very kind and non judging it makes you feel like you are doing good”
“MASH is great, it is fantastic. It is helpful, hopeful and keeps my life going because I know where to turn when I need help”
What our Partners Say
“MASH have been at the forefront of supporting and working with a previously hard to reach client group, and as a direct result of their partnership work with Greater Manchester Police, we are now seeing an increase in reports from sex workers.
MASH have been a key partner in the landscape across Manchester, and have done much to influence police training and improve the way we respond to vulnerable victims.”
Detective Superintendent Phil Owen
Public Protection Division
Greater Manchester Police
“The work in the community undertaken by MASH is invaluable in terms of improving the sexual health of female sex workers in Manchester. In our experience, sex workers are often reluctant to attend hospitals for screening, and are difficult to engage with for long term projects such as completing hepatitis B vaccination programmes. The work undertaken by MASH prevents infections and is an asset to the public health of Manchester.”
Senior Health Adviser and Clinic Manager
North Manchester General Hospital
“MASH attends HMP & YOI Styal on a weekly basis. This work is an excellent example of community engagement and how community projects can support and enhance the Prison Service aims of addressing offending behaviour and reducing re-offending. MASH offer an invaluable service to HMP Styal.”
DPSM, Regimes Manager, Styal
Read this fantastic Evaluation Report about the MASH drop-in centre carried out by an independent assessor in June 2013 MASH Evaluation Report
In 2013 MASH won a National Ugly Mugs Star Project Accreditation for good practice.
In 2015 MASH was the national winner in the Valuing Volunteers category at the Lloyds Bank Foundations’ Charity Achievement Awards and also won the Volunteer Involving Organisation of the Year at the Spirit of Manchester Awards.
Next page: For Women