10 years Stronger!

10 Years Stronger!!

10 years of creating safety security and peace. You can help by donating to our 10 Years Stronger Appeal

Central women’s aid opened in the 1970s. In 2011 amidst cuts by government we briefly shut our doors. Charity workers insisted that the refuge should not be closed and managed to reopen in January 2012. Initially we worked as a voluntary group following support from local councillors. It’s been a rollercoaster 10 years securing different funding. We are now recognised as a specialist and partly commissioned service with a small team of part time workers.

Looking to the next 10 years!

This year we are celebrating the last 10 years! Our charity is thriving just like the families we support, we have accommodated  678 women and children over the past 10 years and 100s of others through  community programmes and short term support services.

To celebrate we are launching our fundraising campaign ‘10 years stronger‘!  All money that you donate will help families to escape abusive situations and rebuild lives free from fear. One person staying in refuge said: “I am very happy here for the first time in a long time and I feel safe with my child. I am glad I am not alone, the staff are helping me and my child.”  We want to raise £10,000 from this campaign in order to help more families. We are are particularly focused on helping those who may find it more difficult to access support due to facing other additional barriers or disadvantages.

An amazing and emotional 10 years, with families from over 100 different counties in the UK being supported. We want to continue our work for as long as people are subjected to domestic abuse, you can help us to do this: Donate now to help more families escaping abuse

You can find out more about how to support our charity by getting in touch on email Support@centralwomensaid.org 

Our Training offer!

Central Women’s Aid Core Training Offer.

All bookings help to fund our charitable work with women and children fleeing domestic abuse.

Introduction to the freedom programme for Professionals – 3.5 hours

This half-day session is a chance to experience the exercises and sessions which are completed in the Freedom programme. We will explore how you can use these exercises along with the home study book on a one to one basis with the individuals you support. The session will give you the tools and knowledge to be able to support your service users to begin to understand the tactics used within an abusive relationship.

The half day course can be facilitated over 3.5 hours, to include two 15 minute comfort breaks. Usually from 9.30am to 1pm.

If you want to complete this online or your organisation is based within Nottinghamshire and provides the venue and refreshments we are able to offer the course with two facilitators for up to 12 people for a set cost and this includes a copy of the ‘living with the dominator’ book and a copy of the home study course for each participant.

Additional participants are chargeable to a maximum of 28. The largest groups we can facilitate at one time is 40 people.

If we provide the venue/refreshments or travel outside of the Nottingham area but within the East midlands there is an additional cost. 

We can also provide bespoke training sessions based on the requirements of your organisation, to discuss these options please do get in touch. Prices start at just £60. 

From time to time we will offer free sessions online and advertise our events via Eventbrite. Please follow us to be kept updated. http://central-wa.eventbrite.com

For more information or to discuss any of our training sessions then please get in touch.

Call on: 0115 9607943   Click here find more information about the freedom programme along with details of how to refer and a referral form.

Email us at – Support@centralwomensaid.org

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The Freedom Programme available now!

Are you a professional who wants to know more? A woman who would like to join a supportive and informative group? We have freedom programme sessions for you. We have all our sessions on eventbrite to make it easier to find the information for the freedom programme in Nottingham City.

Our face to face sessions for women are welcoming and informal. They are every Tuesday morning and we can generally help with childcare. We provide the freedom programme books for all participants and help you work through each session at your own pace.

The introduction for professionals will be held online via zoom on Tues 29th of March at 2pm. We can also hold sessions at other times for groups at your request.

Book onto a session through our face book or eventbrite pages or get in touch at Support@centralwomensaid.org

We will look forward to seeing you soon.


Annual General Meeting

Friends, Colleagues and Supporters

You are invited to Nottingham Central Women’s Aid’s AGM

On Tuesday the 2nd of November 2021 via Zoom 6.15 – 7.30pm

Our AGM is an opportunity to find out more about our charity, who we support and what we have done during 2020 and 2021 to meet our charitable objectives. Please do share this information with your networks and colleagues who may be interested in attending.

Please RSVP to Trustees@centralwomensaid.org and we will send you the Zoom link to attend.

Order of business on the night:


Appointment of trustees and officers

· Report from management

· Charity finance report

· Voices of our beneficiaries

· Updates from the trustees

· AOB including any questions

For more information email trustees@centralwomensaid.org

We look forward to seeing you soon and updating you on our charitable work.

Introducing our Inspirational Trustees! #IWD2021

As a part of our celebrations for International Women’s Day 2021, we will be celebrating our trustees and finding out which women are inspirational to them! #IWD2021

Please find links and introductions to our inspiring trustees here and our chair here.

If you would like more information on becoming a trustee then please do get in touch at trustees@centralwomensaid.org

Our first featured introduction is from our longest standing trustee and treasurer!

My name is Mandy and I work at Nottingham City Council, my roles have varied throughout my time there but they have all been linked to the community and voluntary sector. My background is Community Development and I have a strong passion for supporting grassroots voluntary sector organisation’s for all the amazing work they do and the commitment they give. In the past I have worked with many women’s organisation’s, particularly new and emerging groups to address the issues affecting them. My current role is managing the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and newly arrived asylum seekers.

I joined NCWA 2011 when it was re-establishing following closure. It is a cause which fits in with my personal beliefs that no woman or child should suffer from abuse. One of the things that never ceases to amaze me are the courage and bravery of the women who come into refuge to begin to change their situations, in the most cases they are in fear of losing their life and deeply concerned about the safety of their children. I am often reminded by others that we save so many live’s each year.

My inspirational women; well the first woman must be my mum, my forever queen, she taught me all my values in life and made me the woman I am and the second is my daughter whom I am so proud to have nurtured into a beautiful women and mum to my grandson. I am also fortunate to have met so many strong feminist friends who also never cease to amaze me around all the positive work they do in relation to women. In history we have so many inspirational women; the suffragettes who sacrificed their lives for equality, Rosa Parks who refused to give up her bus seat to a white person, Mother Teresa who inspired others, aiding those that needed it most and Anne Frank who’s story touched many.

Finally Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul” who was exposed at an early age to adult behaviours and still went on to receive many Grammy awards with ‘Respect’ becoming an anthem for the racial and gendered political movements in 1967. More recently we had Malala Yousafzai who was shot because she spoke up about the rights of girls to be educated in Pakistan.

I could go on as there are so many courageous women I admire but I will stop here as every woman is special in their own way….