About us

Nottingham Central Women’s Aid

Central Women’s Aid was originally founded in the 1970s to support women and children experiencing domestic violence and abuse. The service has accommodated thousands of women and children over the years, helping them to rebuild their lives free from fear.

Our services

All money donated to our charity is put into running the refuge and used to help support the women and children who seek refuge from violence and abuse.

Our services include:

  • Emergency accommodation
  • Emotional support
  • Delivery of the Freedom programme
  • Help with maximising income, accessing education and making links with other external agencies.  
  • Resettlement support
  • Assisting and supporting 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.’ Many of our team, which includes volunteers and our board of directors, are also survivors of domestic violence.

We have a number of part-time members of the team, including:

  • A Refuge Manager
  • Support Workers (including dedicated Complex Needs Supporter)
  • Out-of-hours Support Workers
  • A Children’s Support Worker
  • Freedom Programme Facilitator
  • 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 Central Women’s Aid workers re-open the refuge initially on a voluntary basis as a new charity with a new board of trustees.

The need for this type of service was evident with many women and children being turned away from refuges across the country.  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.