Women Centred Solutions to Complex Problems

Women Centred Working is an initiative to encourage the design and delivery of more effective services for women facing multiple disadvantages


Taking Forward Women Centred Solutions – a new guide
Women Centred Working initiative has published a new guide to help councils and their parters explore potential benefits that doing things in a ‘women centred’ way can bring to local services and communities.

Taking Forward Women Centred Solutions demonstrates how gendered approaches can help unlock solutions to complex problems and deliver multiple outcomes for vulnerable women and their families – whilst making better use of public resources.

The guide maps the principles of gendered working against local authority priorities, such as improving efficiency, prompting prevention, building community resilience and tackling inter-generational disadvantage. It offers practical suggestions for ways in which councils can benefit from incorporating women centred thinking into existing practices. It also sets out the business case for integrated, community-based support.

The Way Forward – inspiring a better way of working with young women
Women Centred Working has welcomed a report evidencing the success of a project for young women, which offers valuable lessons for future projects elsewhere.

Showcasing Women Centred Solutions
Our booklet describes women centred working in action. Download below.


This is a chance to take an approach that has been proven to benefit women and families – and statutory and voluntary agencies – and inspire its roll-out on a wider scale

Women centred working is about getting to the bottom of a problem…getting below the layers to find solutions’

There is a strong case for commissioners from criminal justice, health and children’s services to look at commissioning these services’

Women Centred Working is an initiative to encourage the design and delivery of better services for women facing multiple disadvantages.

In the press

Taking Forward launch – Inspiring Change blog

Focus on women’s needs to break complex cycles of abuse and poverty – Local Government Chronicle article by Clare Jones

The case for women centred approaches to service improvement – Public Finance article

Transforming services – the women centred way – article to mark Women’s Day

MJ Article ‘The value of women-centred working

Guardian interview ‘A formidable double act joining up services for women

Guardian comment ‘One-stop services that help women cope with real-life crises


“We discovered Clare Jones and her amazing ‘women centred working’ website at just the right moment as we were developing our ethos as a brand new women’s centre. It has had the most dramatic impact because although I (as the Founder Director) had some thoughts on our ethos – they were suddenly in front of me in a valuable evidenced format with much more detail which I was able to distribute to my board, to our potential funders, to local women who have become volunteers and helped us drive the whole project forward quicker in a professional manner. Clare has supported me with key information , advice and positive affirmation that we were ‘doing it right’ – it is so reassuring to know that I can call her, we can check things, we can communicate with other existing women’s centre via her and that she has our back so to speak. Prior to that I had endlessly trailed through many other women’s centre web pages – seeing a real mix of provision, well guarded service methods and could not find any ‘national org’ so to speak that had the joined up thinking. Having the information then led to other important connections such as the Centre for Welfare Reform where we download all the related ‘Women at the Centre’ documents, powerpoint slides and information. Without a shadow of doubt , finding Women Centred and Clare has been a major catalyst in our journey towards opening a new women’s centre.”

Julie Budge, Founder and Development Manager, My Sisters’ House C.I.C., Arun & Chichester Women’s Centre

“Clare Jones of Women Centred Working has been an amazing source of both support and inspiration for our organisation. Her knowledge of the sector we operate within along with her personal passion for making a difference to the lives of women is an absolute gift to us. We are incredibly lucky to have found each other.”

Sally Bonnie, Founder, Inspiring Futures Partnership, Inspire Women Oldham

“Clare Jones was instrumental in the development of Women’s Community Matters as an organisation. Her advice, support and guidance are what brought the Women’s Centre in Barrow into being. Everything from speaking to funders, with whom WomenCentre had an established relationship, to thinking about the length of the drop-in times, Clare was able to offer many years of experience. Some mistakes you need to make yourself, for all the others we had Clare! We cannot put a value on all the time we saved from having Clare to guide us…invaluable.

The WomenCentred working website and booklet have been an ongoing source of research and knowledge that has enabled us to use established ways of working in our practice. We continue to use the material available on the site when speaking with a variety of stakeholders, including the women who access our service. It helps the women accessing our Centre in that it puts a name and gives academic acknowledgement to what they see as ‘it’s lovely coming here’. They can come to understand that there are particular ways of working that are more helpful in a woman’s journey and that it isn’t because they are not clever enough, bright enough, and everything else enough to access support and services. After completing one of our courses a young woman said she now knows, ‘I am enough’. The research on the website is a way of recording this for all women and those who want to work to support women. It is an extremely valuable resource that I look forward to seeing grow.”

Rebecca Rawlings, Centre Manager, Women’s Community Matters, Barrow-in-Furness