WomenCentre is delighted and very excited to have received a grant of £514,500 from the Big Lottery Fund Women and Girls Initiative. As one of the largest women’s centres in the country we recognise the significance of this investment into our services and the high public profile it brings.

Our grant will be used over four years enabling WomenCentre to further develop its work with young women and girls between the ages of 13-25 in communities across Calderdale and Kirklees. Our approach will build a new model of working – with young women and girls shaping and driving every aspect of the service. Support will focus on solutions not services, so empowering young women and girls to make better choices and to take control of their futures.

We will be employ a small team of specialist workers who will work directly with 13-25 year olds to support them through difficulties and transition points in their lives. We will also build on existing and develop new partnerships with organisations across all sectors in Calderdale and Kirklees.

This grant builds on our wider work at a national level through our WomenCentred Working Initiative (https://womencentre.org.uk/national-work/) and our excellent track record of innovative service delivery over the last 30 years. It especially builds on our work with young women and girls delivered through our highly successful Way Forward Project in Calderdale between 2013 and 2016.

WomenCentre is a learning organisation, committed to continually reassessing and evaluating our work, to ensure we maximise our positive impact in women’s lives. We will be working with the national Big Lottery Fund Women and Girls Initiative and other funded organisations to share and evaluate our learning particularly around systems change and co-produced approaches used in this gender specific work.

WomenCentre’s CEO, Angela Everson commented: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Big Lottery Fund, as well as the women and girls we support and our partner agencies for lending their support to this bid. We know this grant will enable WomenCentre to impact positively on the lives of many young women and girls across Calderdale and Kirklees enabling them to live safe, free and fulfilled lives.”

Angela Everson

Chief Executive Officer