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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 …

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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 …

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Step Up with #TeamWow – Land’s End to John O’Groats

Hi, wonderful people! We all know exercise is good for our wellbeing so we’re clocking up the Ks together and we thought we’d make this a collective virtual challenge to get from Land’s End to John O’Groats by 2021! We’ll even pop in to the Women Out West Centre on the way! This can be done alone but together in spirit, or it can be done with friends or family. It can be done on a treadmill or you can skip it, jog it, swim it, skateboard it…… just log your excercise and help us do something positive together. To …

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Grab Bags Needed Now for WoW

“We have seen women flee extraordinary circumstances with literally the clothes they stand up in. The grab bags are a life-line to the women in need”
It’s a sad fact that during the full lockdown, and in these increasingly challenging Covid times, we are seeing an increase in domestic violence and the need for our services as well as those of our partner agencies. Just this week we have again seen a rise in referrals, and we handed out our last Grab Bag on Friday to a woman who was fleeing from domestic violence.

Article Review: Empaths vs Narcissists

After 2 years of chaos, I can honestly say this article has really helped me understand and finally put to rest our toxic so-called relationship, to leave it in the past and put it down to another lesson learnt.  I really do wish I had cut all contact so long ago, its like I knew I was being bullied and people around me were telling me so, but it can only come from you, finally seeing the “light”.

Motivational Queen Courses – Copeland Work & Skills Programme

A great opportunity to access free support: Here is information from Copeland Work and Skills Programme:  As part of the Copeland Work and Skills Programme, we are able to offer a free bespoke programme of Mini- Master Classes by Zoe Bennett aka ‘the Motivational Queen’ to clients as a Copeland wide digital opportunity. The bespoke programme of four sessions is for Copeland residents. Each of the sessions will be beneficial to any age group and being that they are only 45 mins each, they can easily be enjoyed alongside any other support programmes clients may already be accessing. You may …