Thanks to National Lottery Players!


Big lottery funding for our small charity!

Nottingham Central Women’s Aid is continuing to help women and children Live Free from Fear thanks to Big Lottery funding of £430,297.64 which we will receive over the next 5 years to help the community.

We are thrilled to announce that we have been given a further grant from the Big Lottery which will be used to deliver services across Nottingham for families escaping and recovering from domestic abuse.

Free from the fear of domestic abuse

Our project ‘Free from fear continued’ will run from April 2024 through to 2028 and provide a wide range of support services including a bi-lingual support worker. Community outreach will be available for people who attend the survivor recovery programmes that we run weekly. The ‘Power of Change’, ‘Own My Life’ and ‘Freedom programme’ sessions help women to recognise and understand the abuse that they have been put through. Sessions are accessible to all women and offer the space needed to begin to recover from the trauma of living with an abusive partner or family member.

“The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest community funder in the UK, awards grants to strengthen society and improve lives across the UK. Thanks to National Lottery players, it will distribute at least £4 billion by 2030, supporting activities that create resilient communities that are more inclusive and environmentally sustainable.”

This adds to grants by Children in Need and the Leather sellers who have given funding towards our core services and are helping us to reach more women and children in danger of abuse at the hands of family members.

When families live with domestic abuse they are fearful all the time and when they are able to reach out for help it is crucial that the response is appropriate and understanding, with support quickly put in place to keep them safe.

Women are most at risk of serious assault or death when they try to leave an abuser. If they manage to escape then the risk remains highest within the first 6 months after fleeing. According to the Femicide Census, 38% of women killed by their ex-partner from 2009 to 2018 were killed within the first month of separation and 89% in the first year. (Femicide Census, 2020)

Our Services

Our specialist domestic abuse services offer the means to escape and then the practical and emotional support women and children need to remain safe.

Families are often thrown into homelessness after leaving and our refuge offers basic but safe accommodation with care and support given by other women who understand.  This includes physical and mental health care, financial support, housing advice and a lot of listening and support to navigate the different legal and social systems and find solutions.

As a result of this funding, we will be recruiting some new members to the team so follow our social media and LinkedIn for news of the roles as they become available or sign up to our newsletter for information directly to you. The funding will see us increase our community engagement, outreach and therapeutic family support and we are really excited to have the opportunity to further develop our ‘positive outcomes’ consultation board run by survivors to actively engage our beneficiaries in developing the services.

Get Involved

We are also seeking more volunteers to develop our campaigns work, increase our audience and help us engage nationally with the wider sector work to promote the rights of women. Our aims are to improve life now and in the future by working to end violence against women and girls.

We also offer training to increase understanding and perceptions of domestic abuse and coercive control to improve responses to domestic abuse disclosures.

To access our services, request training or support our charity in any way then please contact or call us on 0115 9607943

It is Our AGM and you’re invited!


AGM 2023 – The Eco Gender Gap

Our Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for you to find out more abut our work, our achievements over the last year and our vision for the future. We have speakers from our team including staff and trustees and words from the women we support.

If you would like to attend the meeting then please get in touch and we will send you the Zoom link. Queries and RSVPs to

Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

Summer of Self Love Campaign

Because LOVE Should NOT Hurt

We should all be able to live free from the fear of domestic abuse and violence.

What is the Summer of self love Campaign.

Central’s Summer of self love campaign. This summer we are asking you to join in with our summer of self love challenges and to donate towards activities and support that promote well-being and self care for women and children in our accommodation.  By joining in the challenges you can help raise awareness of our charity and let families know help is available. When women and children come into refuge at a time when they urgently need safety and help to escape abusive and often violent people. Women often access our service at a time when they are feeling anxious and have low self-esteem due to traumatic events and having been coercively controlled in all aspects of their lives. This campaign will provide resources and activities that encourage self-care. If you need support and advice you can get in touch with us.

The summer of Self love will provide a programme of activities! Activities and resources are made available to all women and children who access our services including the domestic abuse recovery courses. Summer of self love sessions including well-being Wednesdays- enjoyable family activities, painting, crafts and pamper sessions. Mindfulness Mondays- facilitated by an qualified therapist running- calm mind and relaxed body sessions. While women are doing sessions children have fun play sessions with a dedicated Children’s support and activity worker.

Join our Summer of self love challenge! We are providing self love tips, daily motivation and challenges to join in with. Journal pages, love letter templates and ideas for daily self love! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for daily challenges! Thankyou!   

Help open the door to safety this winter

Help protect women and children this winter.

You can protect women and children escaping abuse by contributing to our open door appeal. We accept referrals 24 hours a day and families will be brought to a place of safety within hours of calling us. This winter we are raising funds to expand our services so that more women and children can escape domestic abuse and access safety. 

Our team of specialist domestic abuse workers provide emotional and practical support to the whole family. The children’s support worker ensures that children have activities, pyjamas and toys helping them through the first few days and weeks of arriving and making sure that the room they share with their mum is safe and comfortable with all the essential items and more. Central Women’s Aid support  provides space for recovery and healing following abuse and continues for many months and sometimes even years until the family have resettled in their forever home.

You can donate quickly and easily here and find out more about fundraising for our charity

Other ways to support our charity work.

We run community programmes that are accessible to women aged 16+. During the programmes women are given resources to help them understand their experiences and work towards recovery following being subjected domestic abuse. Spread the word to anyone who might be interested in attending or refer quickly and easily here. 

Follow us on social media to watch a new door open every day throughout the advent period this winter.

If you would like more information then please do get in touch at

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10th Anniversary Annual General Meeting

Taking place on zoom at 6pm on Tuesday the 1st of November.

Come along (virtually) to find out more about our charitable work, the people we support and how we spend the funds that we are granted.

We will have a short presentation about the charity and present our accounts which are also available to view on the charity commission website.

Our Charity Trustees and other stakeholders will be present to share their vision for the future of the charity and the work we do in an ever changing landscape. If you would like to join us please email and we will provide you with the link. Thankyou!!

If you can’t come to the meeting but would like to make a donation or support us in some other way then please do get in touch.