"My configence has gone really high and I'm learning alot more about myself."
Read more about Lisa's experiences here

"My configence has gone really high and I'm learning alot more about myself."
Read more about Lisa's experiences here

Issues We Work With - Women’s Services

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Empowering women to build confidence and resettle

  • The number of women we helped has risen from 13% to 19% over the last three years.

The number of women using our services is growing annually and we have many years of experience in providing services aimed addressing the specific issues that the women we help face.

This trauma informed work offers services for women both in prison and the community.  Many of the clients we help are extremely vulnerable and have unaddressed issues around homelessness, mental health, hidden disabilities such as autism, substance misuse, domestic abuse and poverty. 

Our caseworkers become a ‘one-stop shop’, helping women access a range of specialist services tailored to their individual needs.  By being a single point of contact, they can build trusted relationships with the women, advocate on their behalf and help them build bridges with services and other sources of positive support.

Although vulnerable, the women we work with have often experienced overwhelming trauma and yet have got through it against the odds.  Our aim is to help them realise their strengths, providing them with practical support, motivation and enabling them to support themselves and others.  Many progress through our Peer Advisor Programme and go on to help other women.

  • The number of women sent to prison has more than doubled since 1993.
  • Currently 48% are convicted within one year of release, rising to 62% for those who have served less than a year and 78% for those with 11 or more previous convictions. 
  • 65% of women in prison report having mental health issues.
  • Many women lose their children to the care system once they enter prison.
  • Most women entering prison under sentence (83%) have committed a nonviolent offence.
  • Just 9% of women leaving prison secured employment—compared to 26% of men.