Karios is a charity in Coventry; its mission is to support and empower vulnerable women who are caught in the sex trade and see no way out. to give them a voice, and an ear to listen.
The project started in 1999 going out onto the streets of Hillfields and giving out condoms and clean needles to sex workers. It started gradually growing from there, due to positive feedback from the women in need of help.
Their vision; a world free from the exploitation and degradation of women.
There are many ways the trust can help the women on the streets. They offer a safe place in Cornerstone Methodist Church, Howard Street, every Monday and Wednesday afternoon. They run a peer support programme, provide meals, IT tuition and even arts and crafts. They encourage service users to spread their wings and engage in activities that enhance their skills and well-being and increase their confidence.
A drop in service is held on Wednesday and Friday evenings at St Benedict’s Church on Raglan St. They provide health care, needle exchange, health care and assessments by a drugs worker. Also whilst running a street outreach service.
Through the charity the women can also have one to one support through their befriending scheme. This seems like a fantastic way for the women to get help, or to be able to talk to someone about their experience without being judged.