Our Women’s Centre in Gloucester is a safe, women-only space where a wide range of problems related to offending, substance misuse, safety and well-being can be addressed in a warm and supportive environment.

This page contains information for our Women's Centre in Gloucester. To find out more about our Women's Centre for Swindon and Wiltshire, please click here.

Who is this service for?

This is for women who may be vulnerable because they have complex problems and could be at risk of offending or re-offending.

How can I access this service?

We are mainly a referral-only service. We can accept referrals from criminal justice agencies and substance misuse services. All service-users must be women (18+) living in Gloucestershire. Please see the purple box on the right for referral details. However, if you are a sex working woman, you can self refer.

How does the service work?

Every new client is offered a detailed individual assessment of their needs across nine “pathways”: these are housing and homelessness; physical and mental health; drugs and alcohol; finance and benefits; family and relationships; domestic abuse; sex working; education and training; attitudes, thinking and behaviour.  Each client has their own key worker who develops a support plan to address the most urgent needs first, e.g. having a safe place to live. We then help them address ongoing difficulties through regular sessions over a period of weeks or months.

What is it like to be a client at your Woman's Centre?

In this photo-film a former client, Kathleen, shares her experience of working with her key worker to overcome a range of challenges, including her relationship with her young son, housing and money worries and her own feelings of self-respect and confidence:

Another woman, Henna, talks here about her experience of reluctantly arriving at our Women's Centre for the first time.

What else do we do?

Throughout the week there is a full timetable of activities, including accredited educational courses, workshops and groups covering well-being, life skills and social integration.  We have a free creche for clients, a gardening group, a lunch club, showers, a washing machine and a cafe area where you can relax.  We also provide surgeries and drop-in sessions for a wide range of services.  Find out more by exploring the links on the left.

We also run a new service for young women in Gloucestershire. For more information visit our Rural Outreach Service page.