We are based at Haig Enterprise Park, and cover the areas of Copeland and Allerdale.
Women Out West was set up to address the needs of some of the most vulnerable women in West Cumbria and support victims of domestic abuse. Part of the Time to Change (West Cumbria) Project CIC which also operates Calderwood House in Egremont, Women Out West is one of three women’s centres in the county. It works closely with the other two (Women’s Community Matters in Barrow, and Gateway for Women in Carlisle) with each playing a vital role in supporting the women in their area of Cumbria.
The addition of a Women’s Centre in West Cumbria means that, in addition to the amazing work done by other centres and partner agencies, the area is in a better position to support survivors of domestic abuse, vulnerable and isolated women, and those who need support to keep out of the criminal justice system.
There are limitations in place due to Covid-19 but we are here to support women in the area at all times, and ensure that we offer help, advice and development in the most appropriate way possible. This is often given online at the moment, but where needed, we offer this face to face. We offer courses to help develop better confidence, and are able to work closely with partner agencies to ensure joined up care across Cumbria.
Please get in touch with any queries, or to request support from our team here at Women Out West.
We have the following services:
- A CCTV for security for a safe environment.
- A hub where (when current restrictions lift further) women can meet, relax, build relationships, find support and engage in positive activities to support their wellbeing.
- Two meeting rooms and hub where courses are delivered for group and one to one sessions. This includes “Beautiful Me” and “Petals”
- Laundry service.
The WOW Centre supports women who are:
- Victims / survivors of domestic violence.
- At risk of offending and entering the criminal justice system or at risk of re-offending.
Due to Coronavirus guidelines, we are operating under restricted availability at the centre BUT fully accessible to you with online and phone communications.
The centre is open to visitors for pre-booked appointments and essential courses, but not for general drop-ins. We will of course resume normal services as soon as it is safe to do so. Meanwhile, use our referral form to self refer or for a professional referral, or get in touch via phone or email.
We can support women in West Cumbria in many areas including:
- Domestic and sexual abuse
- Benefit and housing issues
- The police, courts and prison
- Mental wellbeing
- Employment and education
We are available Monday – Friday. Outside this time contact 999 in emergency, or the National Domestic Abuse Helpline for 24 hour support: 0808 2000 247.