Domestic Violence Refuge Services

Domestic Violence Refuge Services

The City Council is tendering for 35 units of Refuge Services for Women and their Children at Risk of Domestic Violence.

Reference number:

Deadline date: 03/05/2012

This deadline is for… Deadline for Expression of Interest

Contract value: £1,000,000 – £5,000,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: Inner London – WestInner London – West,

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Name of the buying organisation: City of Westminster


Description of the contract

Westminster City Council is the local authority serving the heart of London. The City of Westminster stretches from Pimlico and Victoria in the south through the West End, Marylebone and Bayswater to Paddington and Queens Park in the north-west. The council employs approximately 3000 staff who are based in various departments. Approximately 1000 employees are located in or very close to our main office Westminster City Hall on Victoria Street. Other employees are dispersed over a large number of locations almost all of them within the City boundaries. The City Council is tendering for 35 units of Refuge Services for Women and their Children at Risk of Domestic Violence. The Services include the provision of childcare and a domestic violence outreach service to be managed as part of the refuge provision. The contract will commence on or around 23rd June 2012 for a period of three years with annual break clauses and will be tendered for through an open tender process. The City Council is inviting interested organisations to tender for the provision of Refuge Services for Women and their Children at Risk of Domestic Violence including the provision of childcare and an outreach service. This opportunity has resulted from the existing contractor no longer wishing to provide the service due to a change in its strategic direction. In officer’s view the service currently runs well. Domestic Violence is a significant driver of homelessness in Westminster. The effective provision of services, advice and support, emergency and acute services, refuges and safe accommodation is one of the main priorities of the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy Action Plan. The purpose of the services is to provide housing to women including those with children fleeing domestic violence as well as providing them with the life skills and networks to prevent them from returning to or entering into new abusive relationships and enable the women to live independently. Through the provision of childcare the services will work with the mothers to develop links with local services providing early intervention support in order to minimise the damage caused by domestic violence. The outreach service will be available to women who have left a violent relationship and are no longer considered to be ‘high risk’ but who are still vulnerable due to the after-effects of the abuse they have endured. The service will be available to women regardless of tenure including women placed in temporary accommodation out of the borough by Westminster’s Housing Options Service. It should be available to single women and those with children. Any interested parties that wish to bid for the Services must contact Sherifah Scott at for a Tender Pack.




Classification of the contract

70333000 Housing services


Additional information

Contract type: Services – 25

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 23/06/2012 – 31/03/2015


Who to contact

Contact name Sherifah Scott

Address 14th Floor, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP

Telephone 02076417308

Extension number:



Web address


How to apply

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs).However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement,and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender. Response Address: Chief Procurement Officer 14th Floor West 64 Victoria Street Chief Procurement Officer UK City of Westminster 02076418954 SW1E 6QP London