Press Release: Rachel Holliday Wins Inspirational Woman Award

Rachel Holliday, founder and CEO of Time to Change, has won an award for her pioneering work in West Cumbria. She was named as Inspirational Woman of the Year at the Enterprise Vision Awards. The EVAs recognise outstanding female entrepreneurship in the North-West, and the glittering ceremony was attended by more than 650 guests at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

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Founder Volunteer Patricia Talks WoW and Befriending

My dear friend Rachel Holliday,  a very special lady in my life (she’s the C.E.O of Calderwood House and Women Out West) rang me in the Summer of 2019…This was in the  preceding months before the doors of WoW were officially opened.   “Patricia” she said “WoW needs you. I want you to be our Receptionist and establish an Office Space in Wow’s New Centre at Haig Pit Enterprise Park”. What could I say apart from “Yes of course I will”. Rachel’s enthusiasm, energy, kindness and empathy to help and support others was my inspiration and I became therefore the Founder …

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Funding boost from UnLtd breathes fresh “hair” into Women Out West

Tuesday 4th May 2021 PRESS RELEASE Funding boost breathes fresh “hair” into Women Out West  Women Out West, based at Haig Enterprise Park, is excited to launch their hair salon which will open every Friday and Saturday from early June 2021. The innovative women’s centre, which opened in 2019 to provide support and services to victims of domestic abuse, was unable to introduce extra fundraising elements until lockdown restrictions had eased. This was because demand for core services was higher than ever during the pandemic. Now, thanks to grant funding from UnLtd, an organisation which backs social entrepreneurship and has …

Statement – Stalking Awareness Week

Wednesday 21st April 2021     We are pleased that there is a spotlight on the issue of stalking during this week of April 19th – 25th 2021 thanks to the campaign by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. At Women Out West we support women who are affected by many forms of domestic abuse which can include stalking. It is recognised by the CPS and police that this offence is often committed by ex-partners and is a form of domestic abuse. it is also acknowledged that it is not just ex-partners who perpetrate this type of crime. We advise any person …

Survey – Family Court cases in England and Wales involving domestic abuse

Can you help Lois with her research? My name is Lois Donnelly and I’m a PhD researcher at the University of Worcester. I am conducting research on the use of special measures in Family Court cases in England and Wales involving domestic abuse. I currently have an anonymous 10-minute online questionnaire for victims/survivors that is running for another three weeks. I was wondering whether you could possibly advertise the questionnaire, maybe in an associated newsletter or Facebook page? If you would be willing and happy to do this, the call for participants is as follows: I’m looking for survivors of domestic …

Women’s Safety

Our thoughts are with the family of Sarah Everard. The sad news this week has re-launched an important conversation about the dangers that women face due to male violence. We do recognise that many men are not violent. However women should not feel scared to leave there home alone. Women Out West can advise women on the safety measures they can take to feel safe. Although you should not need to take precautions, it may help you to feel safer and reduce your anxiety. It may reassure you to keep your hold of your keys, avoid walking with ear-phones in, …

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Women Out West Newsletter December 2020

Here is the Women Out West December Newsletter. You can flick through it below or view by clicking here. If you would prefer to view or download a copy in PDF please follow this link. We have added the relevant links in to both formats.  Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year. We are so grateful to everyone of you who has worked, fundraised, volunteered and so much more through a challenging year for all in this time of Covid. Wishing you a peaceful Christmas and all the very best for 2021. Rachel and #TeamWoW xx

Spotlight on Together We Can Fundraising

Tell us a bit about TWCFR and how it started We launched TCWFR in Nov 2016 after I relocated back home to Whitehaven from living in the North East for many years. While I was in the North East, I worked for a charity called The Chronicle Sunshine Fund, we provided specialist equipment to children with disabilities. At my time at the charity, I worked in various roles, first doing the accounts then after completing my Certificate in Fundraising with the Institute of Fundraising, I started working in the fundraising team and worked my way up to the office and …

PPM Limited donates a year’s supply of Emergency Grab Bags to Women Out West

PRESS RELEASE: 16th December 2020 PPM Limited donates a year’s supply of Emergency Grab Bags to Women Out West PPM Limited, a leading provider of property maintenance services in Cumbria, is supporting their local community by providing Emergency Grab Bags to women who flee domestic violence, and who often leave their family home with no more than the clothes they stand up in. The company was moved to offer this substantial, practical support when they saw a recent campaign by Women Out West highlighting the difference that a “Grab Bag” packed with essentials and a couple of home comforts can …