A Toast Worthy Moment

Helping families to rise and recover

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A toast worthy moment! Central Women’s Aid,  are on a roll and we can’t ‘dough’ much better than this, we are delighted to have been selected to receive a Warburtons foundation grant from the Eastwood Warburtons Hub . A Total of £20,000 towards our Chrysalis outreach project which will support our community work over the next 2 years.

The Chrysalis project  extended aims to increase physical safety, improve mental health and well-being and encourage stronger relationships with family for survivors of domestic abuse including women and their children.

We will do this through outreach support and engagement with whole families and not just individual members. As a result families will see improved physical health and wellbeing through being safe and living free from the fear of domestic abuse and violence.

Outreach support means that women will not have to retell their story and thus will avoid re-traumatisation and be able to focus on remaining safe, healing and recovery. Additionally, women who can’t access face to face support will be able to access support online and have the opportunity to begin to understand the patterns of abuse that they have been subjected to and begin to recover from the harm of domestic abuse.

Our Goals

Our goals are to keep women, children and young people safe from  harm and to increase resilience, recovery and coping strategies to rebuild lives following being subjected to domestic abuse and the associated traumatic life experiences.

Women’s aid England annual audit 2023 reports that of all women using domestic abuse services, 41.0% had mental health support needs, which increased to 50.2% of those in refuge. Research from a wide variety of studies suggests connecting with others and self-care as ways to improve mental and physical wellbeing. This project will provide a range of opportunities to create friendships, building peer support groups and networks .

Women and Children will build healthier and more resilient relationships with each other and their extended network as well as learn new skills and be able to recover from the impact of domestic abuse.

This will be achieved through group work and one-to-one sessions delivered by a support worker who will be employed to offer support to women accessing our community services and will complete weekly support sessions, advocate for women and ensure they are aware of their own rights and choices.

The project will launch in September 2024 and we will be hosting a family fun day to celebrate! So get your loafers on and get bready to break bread with us. 

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Emma is Taking the Leap to Freedom

Taking the leap to Freedom

On Saturday the 8th of June Emma will be completing a tandem skydive to raise funds and awareness of Nottingham Central Women’s Aid a small but impactful charity in Nottingham. You can donate quickly and easily through her just giving page JustGiving, https://www.justgiving.com/page/emma-simons-leaptofreedom 

“When women find the courage to leave an abusive relationship, they are taking a leap towards freedom. It is a brave and empowering act that deserves recognition and support. That’s why I am dedicating my skydive to raise awareness about the vital services provided by Central Women’s Aid.” – Emma

Nottingham Central women’s Aid is a small charity offering life saving services to women and children who have been impacted by Domestic or sexual violence. This can include coercive control and other types of psychological and emotional abuse. When women flee an abuser they often have to choose homelessness to survive their abuser. This means coming into a refuge and leaving their home and everything they know behind to start over a new life- to find their freedom. This leap is huge and often a long road to recovery and healing that can include legal battles, emotional and practical help needed and a need for permanent rehousing which can take years. Central women’s Aid offer emotional and practical support through a range of projects and services including emergency accommodation and community group sessions for women to help promote recovery.

National statistics

National Charity Women’s Aid England who oversee the ‘Routes to support’ online directory of Women’s support services, recorded 10,824 women and almost 13,000 children being accommodated in emergency refuge accommodation across England and Wales through 2022 – 2023. These numbers represent those families who made it to safety and support. such as that offered by Nottingham Central Women’s Aid. More information about free community sessions and their other services is available on their website https://centralwomensaid.org/about-us-services/

Year on year, more than 2 women every week are murdered in England and Wales and over 30% of all women worldwide are being subjected to violence and abuse during their lifetime.  Holding abusers accountable is crucial to creating a safe society for all and many women need to flee to safety to start the legal processes that can keep them safe or to start their lives over again and find freedom.

Making a donation

You can donate through JustGiving, https://www.justgiving.com/page/emma-simons-leaptofreedom  you can make a difference in the lives of these courageous women. Your contribution will directly support Central Women’s Aid in their mission to provide safety, resources, and empowerment to survivors of domestic abuse.

Donating is simple, fast, and secure. JustGiving ensures that your personal information is safe and will never be sold or used for unwanted emails. Your donation will be sent directly to the charity, making it the most efficient way to support this cause.

Join me on this incredible journey as we take a leap together – not only into the open sky but also towards a world where every woman can find freedom from abuse.

Together, let’s make a difference!

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 Support@centralwomensaid.org 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 Support@centralwomensaid.org

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!