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Changing Lives women’s services help women and girls achieve more. We work in communities and from
specialist centres to offer tailored programmes which recognise and respond to the unique needs of women and girls, and provide safe, women-only spaces across England.

Changing Lives women’s services are here to help women and girls with a wide range of needs. One of the only national provider of women’s services, we offer specialist accommodation and outreach projects, support women with specific needs such as a history of offending, and our hubs and centres across England offer a broad range of skills and confidence building courses.

At the centre of our approach is an ethos based on raising self-esteem and aspirations by offering opportunities and supporting informed choices. Our specialist programmes are built around one-to-one support, enhanced by expert therapeutic interventions, as well as help with the practical issues like dealing with an addiction or managing benefits and finances. These include:

  • Offending support programmes
  • Services for women involved in sex work – to help women work safely and securely, as well as help to leave sex work if they choose to do so
  • Specialist women-only accommodation projects for women at risk of homelessness and domestic violence

Across England our open-access women’s centres provide informal programmes in friendly, relaxed environments about things that matter to women. These include accredited learning and skills programmes, employment-readiness opportunities and specialist groups for young women and those with English as a second language.

Our women-only centres welcome all women and girls regardless of age, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, disability or background. So whether you’d like to build new skills, make new friends or work on your confidence and assertiveness our services in Yorkshire, the Midlands and the North West can help.

We also deliver a specialist service to help women with a history of offending to overcome barriers and engage with mainstream services, CFO3 (which is funded by NOMS and ESF). CFO3 works helps women aged 18 or over to reduce isolation and reoffending. We work with sentenced prisoners with up to 3 years to serve or on remand, and offenders completing a post-custodial license/supervision period or serving a community order. This project is part funded by the European Social Fund.

Loudspeaker 2017

Loudspeaker is a service co-delivered by Changing Lives and Nottingham Contemporary, supporting vulnerable women as part of the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme.  Loudspeaker is a 10-week programme using art and creativity to help women develop confidence, make new friends and feel motivated. Loudspeaker is funded by The Big Lottery and European Social Fund.

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We regularly develop new programmes based on the ideas and views of the women we work with, as well as input from specialist partners. If you’d like to discuss opportunities or find out more about our women’s services offer please contact:

Laura Seebohm, Director of Women’s Services t: 0191 2738891
e: laura.seebohm@changing-lives.org.uk

Being a part of the projects at Changing Lives has enabled the women to increase their confidence and self esteem whilst developing an understanding and awareness of their own behaviours. The projects have helped the women learn about how it can impact positively or negatively on their well-being.

Lisa Boyack, Manager of Women Offenders Services North East

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