About us



Nottingham Central Women’s Aid

Our small charity works to support women and children experiencing domestic and sexual violence and abuse. The service has accommodated thousands of women and children over the years, helping them to rebuild their lives free from fear.

All money donated to our charity is used to provide emergency accommodation and to help support the women and children who seek refuge from violence and abuse.

Our services include:

  • Emergency accommodation
  • Practical and emotional support
  • Delivery of the Freedom programme
  • Help with maximising income, accessing education and making links with other external agencies.  
  • Ongoing resettlement support
  • Assistance and support for women with complex needs e.g. women living with addiction issues

For more information on each of these services, see our services page.

Our team

We work to the ethos of ‘Women Supporting Women’ and our team, includes volunteers, staff and our board of directors. We encourage women who are also survivors of domestic violence and abuse to join our team.

All workers are part-time and include:

  • A Refuge Manager
  • A team of support Workers (including a dedicated specialist Complex Needs worker)
  • A dedicated Children’s Support Worker
  • Freedom Programme Facilitators
  • A board of Trustees (volunteers)

Our history

Central Women’s Aid was originally founded in the 1970s. In March 2011, the refuge was closed down due to government cuts in funding. However, following a period of campaigning and fundraising, January 2012 saw former Nottingham Central Women’s Aid workers re-open the refuge initially on a voluntary basis as a new charity and with a new board of trustees.

The need for this type of service was always evident with many women and children being turned away from refuges across the country every day.  Our refuge is, unfortunately always full, with the need for support being greater than the capacity of the available services across England.

Nottingham Central Women’s Aid is independently run registered charity (number 1146410) and company. We now have some funding in place for our small team of part time workers but rely heavily on fantastic volunteers and public donations to continue our work.