Women lie at the heart of a new initiative

Taking Forward Women Centred Solutions at the Womens Centre, Halifax.
Taking Forward Women Centred Solutions at the Womens Centre, Halifax.

A new initiative has been launched to help local authorities explore the benefits of working in a ‘women centred’ way.

The Women Centred Working Initiative was set up to share best practice in designing and delivering better services for women facing issues including domestic violence, sexual abuse, addictions, homelessness and mental health issues.

Its new publication, Taking Forward Women Centred Solutions, hopes to demonstrate how gendered approaches can help unlock solutions to what are often complex problems.

The initiative is based at WomenCentre Calderdale and Kirklees and grew out of decades of experience of working with women in local communities.

The guide, launched in Halifax this week, offers practical suggestions on how councils can incorporate women centred thinking into existing practices.

Clare Jones CBE, national lead for Women Centre Working, said: “While disadvantaged women often circle around drug and alcohol, mental health and homelessness services, courts and child protection meetings, experience has taught us that even women in the most difficult situations are able transform thei lives if they are located at the heart of integrated, community-based support.”