Self Referral

We try to offer as much as we can to help you be all you want to be. Are you looking to get involved in Women’s Community Matters? You can self refer by calling us on 01229 311102 or emailing You are also welcome to pop into the Centre to find out more Monday and Wednesday 9.30am – 4pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am-6pm or Friday 9.30am – 1pm.

Professional Referral

To make a professional referral download, complete and return our referral form. After that, someone will be in touch within a week or two to arrange a Gateway appointment. Questions? Give us a call on 01229 311102.

Download: General Referral form

If you’re referring a young woman aged 11 – 19 for Pause, for thought, complete the following referral form:

Download: Pause For Thought Young People Referral

If you’re referring a young man aged 11 – 19 for Time, for thought,  complete the following referral form:

Download: Time For Thought Young People Referral



Our services are broken down into three types:

Drop-in Activities

Our group activities just require you to turn up - there's no need to book!

Drop-in sessions
Monday and Wednesday between 10.00am and 12.00pm we are open to welcome you to Women’s Community Matters and answer any questions you may have. Meet the WCM team, have a cup of tea and make friends. These time are also where you can access our clothes bank.

Every Wednesday 10am-11.30am Sessions of mindfulness hosted by Pat, in a calm environment of a small group of women.

With Love We Can
Mondays and Wednesdays 11.45am- 1.30pm Free hot food (jacket potatoes) and drinks for everyone and a chance to chat and catch up with friends.

Knit & Natter
Every Tuesday between 1pm and 3pm you can join us to knit, crochet or make blankets and quilts. Experts and beginners welcome. Bring your own or we can provide materials. A place to knit and to natter... with plenty of tea and coffee!

Clothes Bank Crafters
Every Tuesday 1pm- 3pm

With Love We Craft
Every Monday 1pm- 3pm

Community Connections
Every Wednesday 1pm- 3pm

Drop-in for young women aged 11-19
Every Thursday from 4- 4.30pm join a small, relaxed group of girls.

Sometimes you just need to talk face-to-face with someone.

If you want to get involved in one-to-one support (or courses and groups) you'll be invited to a 1-hour Gateway appointment. This appointment will help us get to know you and explore how we can best help. We will chat about you and your experiences, especially your passions, interests and what you hope to change. We will explain all our groups, courses and appointments before deciding together what best suits you.

If you're interested in one-to-one support after your Gateway appointment you will be placed on the waiting list for a Key Worker (waiting times vary). Once a Key Worker becomes available they will contact you to arrange your first session.

We can help with a range of things including:

1. Domestic and sexual abuse
2. Benefit and housing issues
3. The police, courts and prison
4. Mental wellbeing
5. Employment and education

We also have a range of specialist appointment slots with various women that can help you with specific issues:

1. Free Family Law Legal Clinic with Holden's solicitors
2. Benefits and work support with Focus Families
3. Housing advice with Citizens Advice Bureau

Call Women's Community Matters to book an appointment: 01229 311102

This is where it gets exciting!

We regularly run courses and groups where you can learn and grow. These courses are very popular and we need to know numbers so booking is essential.

Personal Development Courses

Beautiful Women, Part 1 Personal Development course
This course explores the world and your place in it. We cover topics such as judgement, womanhood, identity, love and resilience. After each session you'll receive a small homemade gift and an inspirational quote to take home.

Length: 6-sessions, 2 hours per session.

Beautiful Me, Part 2 Personal Development course
This course is a deeper exploration of who you are by focusing on your own thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Topics include: The Self, Emotions, Perceptions and Expectations. You'll receive a workbook and journal full of inspirational information, quotes and ideas!

Length: 6-sessions, 2 1/2 hours per session.

My Relationships & Me, Healthy Relationships course
Our healthy relationships course explores all elements of our relationships with friends, family, partners and more! Topics include - The Brain, Communication, Sex, Loneliness and Connection.

Length: 6-sessions, 2 hours per session.

The Butterfly project, Personal Development course
A weekly group to explore different types of Domestic Abuse and the effect it can have on you and your family. We create a safe, non- judgemental space to allow you to share your thoughts openly, or just listen until you feel ready to take part.

Length: 6-sessions, 2 hours per session

Support Groups

Talking Minds
Talking Minds gives women a safe, confidential space to share their experience of poor mental health, reduce stigma, encourage self- care and increase access to specialist mental health services.

Length: 6 sessions, 2 hours per session.

Walk and Talk
Walk and Talk lasts 6 sessions over 6 weeks, consisting of a group walk around the local area. Ladies may need to bring a brew with them as not all walks are near a cafe or shop.

Length: 6 sessions, 2 hours per session.

Grounding Techniques
‘Grounding Techniques’ is a 6 week course which will provide information and techniques to help ladies deal with their anxiety, feelings of detachment and flashbacks.

Length: 6 sessions, 2 hours per session

Hayley & Me
Hayley & Me is a weekly, quiet drop in session. Call in for a brew and chat, other activities are also available during the sessions. It is located in the Ann Thomson room upstairs but if you are unsure as to where to go, a member of staff at reception will be happy to assist.

Length: 2 hours per session

Women in the Criminal Justice System

Women First
Our life skills course for women involved in the criminal justice system explores mental health, relationships, victim awareness, healthy lifestyles and much more!

Length: 12-sessions, 2 hours per session.

The PETALs programme is an 8-week one-to-one support package for to help you get back on your feet and start to live the life you deserve. You'll work with your Key Worker each week to take care of the basics - housing, safety, food, warmth, clothing, money, sleep and health. Funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Length: 8-weeks, 1 - 3 sessions per week.

Community Payback
We offer community payback placements for women who have hours to complete. You'll get involved in the day-to-day running of the Centre and will be integrated into our volunteer team (no one will know why you're here!) You'll be cleaning, tidying, shopping, completing admin tasks and much more.

Women experiencing domestic abuse

We work alongside women and their families to support them, either through one to one work or group work

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