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 …
Women Out West are launching a new service this week to support women in West Cumbria who are over 55, feeling isolated or lonely, and in need of friendship during these challenging times of Coronavirus.
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
“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.
It takes less than 2 minutes for us to show you how we support a woman who is fleeing domestic violence. It can mean the difference between desperation and a little hope and comfort. Along with our professional support, and our collaboration and signposting with partner agencies, we make sure no one is alone at this most challenging time.
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 …
The country may still be in partial lockdown, but there is a feeling of resilience and hope as more milestones are reached at Time to Change (West Cumbria) Project CIC. As for everyone, Covid -19 has created challenges for Rachel Holliday and her team, but they will ride this storm, just as they have overcome many obstacles along the way. It is seven years since Rachel Holliday set this up to tackle poverty, disadvantage, and homelessness in the area. Having experienced being homeless in her teens and in a downward spiral with no money, education or hope, she realised on …
Check out our WOW October Newsletter here! The newsletter includes the October schedule plus info about job and volunteering opportunities! https://mailchi.mp/99a8dbb9c7c0/wow-october-newsletter
Women Out West October Programme
As the Women Out West Centre develops, we will be posting news here on updates and events. In the meantime, you can see our drop in times to find out more during June, and also it would be wonderful if you could fill in our Questionnaire here if you have ideas on how you can help us and / or we can support you!