In 2002, four women’s organisations came together to form Women’s Information, Support and Housing in the North, known to many as WISHIN. CHAIN Youth Housing (which began back in the early 1980s); Young Women’s Housing Shopfront; Single Women In Supportive Housing Options; and Safe Place for Women. These organisations brought together expertise in mental health, homelessness, and family violence.
For 18 years Juno operated as Women’s Information, Support and Housing in the North (WISHIN), supporting women facing the most complex and multifaceted challenges. We are proud of our long history and the many women who have worked with WISHIN over the years. We are also proud of the women who have trusted us to support them and shared their stories and lives with us, often when they were at their most vulnerable.
In 2020 we became Juno. Juno, a Roman goddess, was the protector of and a counsellor for all women. She took on many forms: the goddess of childbirth, comforter of women, and female guardian angel. and was connected to all aspects of the life of women. We now act for women and non-binary folk as Juno did: by giving counsel, advice, guidance, and protection.
As Juno, we continue this legacy of supporting women with the most complex and challenging issues including homelessness, poverty, family violence, mental ill-health, trauma, and involvement with the justice system, while setting out an ambitious agenda for change.
We use and develop progressive and creative responses to homelessness, gendered poverty and trauma to empower women to achieve lasting change.
As Juno, we will speak out for marginalised women and advocate to change the systems and structures that hold them back.