About Us

North Wales Women’s Centre Mission is to:

 ‘cultivate and advance the social and economic development of women in our community’

 

Background

The North Wales Women’s Centre is a safe place for women to access information, support, advocacy and training on issues relating to health, wellbeing and work.  Established in 2001, the Centre operates from Rhyl town centre.  Whilst we are painfully aware that Rhyl West is the highest ranked ward on the Index of Deprivation in Wales and two other wards of the town are high on the list also, we are working hard with the women of Rhyl to try and change this through the building of aspirations and skills.

Who we support

We support women, and those who identify as women, from the age of 16 upwards with no upper age limit.  The majority of women referred come from the Rhyl area and many present with problems associated with areas of deprivation; including high unemployment and poverty rates, health inequalities and low educational attainment.  Women come to us for a wide variety of reasons but the majority come for help to progress with their lives. Some women come to build a social network and others come to provide us with the benefit of their experience by joining more than 60 volunteers who help us to run the Centre. Reducing isolation through social networks and intergenerational support are particular features of the Centre\'s work.  Women come to learn new skills in an environment that encourages socialising, supportiveness, dignity and respect.

How many?

Since 2001 the organisation has delivered a variety of projects enabling the provision of a wide range of services and activities helping over 2500 women improve their health, confidence and livelihoods.  The demand for the services is always heavy and waiting lists are the norm.

We work closely with agencies from the statutory and voluntary sectors and our multi-agency approach allows us to provide a ‘one stop shop’ support service to women.  Many agencies refer women to us and we refer to them.  Each year we deliver services to approximately 400 women and 70 to 80 women attend the Centre daily.  Of these 400 women, 200 access intensive one to one support.  This ‘Information & Support’ service is provided to those more vulnerable women with multiple and complex issues which are preventing them from progressing to happier more fulfilled lives.  Typical issues dealt with are domestic violence, homelessness and poverty.

Community Justice

The organisation also has a history and growing track record of engaging vulnerable women who have difficulties in their lives which may, or has, resulted in them breaking the law. NWWC is as a member of the Women’s Breakout centres across the UK.  This network functions to divert women from custody by supporting offenders and those at risk of offending to tackle the problems that may cause their offending behaviour.

Outreach

In the past five years there has also been a developing outreach service where support is provided on a one to one basis to women further afield and particularly in the more rural areas of the County of Denbighshire and along the North Wales Coast. 

Referrals

NWWC takes referrals from many agencies including Social Services, Police, Hafan Cymru, Women\'s Aid, Health agencies, GPs, Victim Support, Community Mental Health Teams, Drug and Alcohol agencies, Probation Trust, Drug Intervention Programme, BAWSO and many more whilst the majority are self- referrals.

Funders Past and Present

Our success stories would not have been made possible without the support and resources provided through both funding and ‘in kind’ support.

Below are the funders who have made it happen:

 

Arts Council Funding

Bangor University

Big Lottery

Business in the Community

Coleg Llandrillo

Communities First Trust Fund

Conwy & Denbighshire Community Safety Partnership

Denbighshire C.C.

European Social Fund Convergence (New Work Connections)

European Social Fund Objective 1

Families First

Future Jobs Fund

Glyndwr University

Home Office

Key Fund

NOMS / Ministry of Justice

Private donations

Rhyl City Strategy

Rhyl Town Council

Soroptimist International - Cheshire, North Wales & Wirral

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Tudor Trust

Volunteering in Wales Fund

WCVA / ESF Engagement Gateway

Welsh Government