Registered Charity Number: 1135740


I’ve had some really bad downs but am such a lucky girl as I have managed to open up to the ladies, who care for us, and I have learnt faith, friendship, trust, honesty, but most of all, I have learnt that I matter.

We continue to deliver key interventions and programmes, even without specific project funding. The need for these core provisions increases all the time and we have added additional sessions to help meet those demands. Food parcels and clothing hampers are still essential needs for women and the informal drop-in sessions and coffee mornings are a lifeline for those in crisis.

Opportunity and Change

Opportunity and Change is a support programme for people with multiple and complex needs throughout Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Our programme is being delivered by local organisations working together, with a range of experience of working with people with multiple and complex needs.

We aim to support women achieve stability and provide access to mainstream services. We work with individuals to create a tailored package of support that will assist with a range of needs including accommodation, mental healthcare and education.

We are part of the national Building Better Opportunities programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Union through its European Social Fund. It is being managed by Framework, a charity and housing association dedicated to helping homeless people, preventing homelessness, and promoting opportunities for vulnerable and excluded people.

Click here to learn more about Opportunity & Change

The Little Links Project

The Little Links Project focuses on the needs of children aged 0-12 who are living in families struggling with disadvantage and poverty.  

We support the children to improve their self-confidence, emotional well-being and build positive relationships in a safe environment through group and one-to-one sessions.

It is important to us that the children feel safe and are free to have fun, relax and play while enjoying new experiences.

We currently run a weekly coffee morning session for children aged 0-5. We also organise weekly after school sessions and a monthly Saturday morning session for children 5-12. Our sessions also run during the school holidays.

Families can be referred to the service by ringing the office on 01332 242525.

Turn Around – Criminal Justice Support Service

This service is targeted at women in the Criminal Justice System to address offending behaviour and prevent re-offending and offering an alternative to custody. The service provides a package of group programmes and aims to improve compliance with orders and licenses given by the courts.  Programmes include Healthy Relationships, Healthy Emotions, Positive Parenting and the Change Programme which includes confidence building & self-esteem; health & wellbeing; problem-solving; communication & assertiveness; and positive affirmations & aspirations.

Click here to read Sofia’s Story.

The Heart of Women's Work Project

The Heart of Women’s Work (HOWW) project brings women together, building a network of peer support at the very heart of the community. We support women and their families to improve relationships and life chances by reducing isolation, improving health and well-being, building confidence, self-esteem and resilience.

Around these Projects, Accredited Programmes delivered are:

The Freedom Programme

The Freedom Programme is a 12-week rolling programme which provides information about male violence to women and is for any woman who wishes to learn more about the reality of domestic violence and abuse.

Click here to learn more about The Freedom Programme

The Positive Parenting Programme

Our Positive parenting courses are a 6-week programme and aim to increase skills as a parent and confidence and help give practical tools to improve relationships with children.  We are running an early years course which is for people with children aged 0-5 and primary years course focussed on children aged 6-11.  We aim to cover sessions on children's needs, appropriate play and listening skills, parenting styles and boundaries, discipline and safety.  The courses have been written by Care For the Family and are run by qualified facilitators

Click here for details of the Postive Parenting Programme 

Other Services Include:


Service provided for our service users by our in-house BACP registered counsellors and volunteer counsellors. There are currently several counsellors who are volunteering on a weekly basis. All counsellors are adequately supervised and have ongoing professional CPD, as well as monthly peer support meetings. 

Life Skills Workshops

A range of themed workshops including Building Confidence & Assertiveness, Meditation & Mindfulness, Creative Crafts, Sexual Health Awareness, Heathy Relationships, Healthy Emotions and Anger Management.


Our creche is Ofted registered and run by Gwen and Angela, who provide a professional but warm and engaging service to 0-6 year olds. The creche is a crucial provision for the women who access our education and life skills workshops.

Sexual Health Outreach

We are commissioned by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust to promote local sexual health services and deliver interventions. This raises awareness of good practise in relation to sexual health and HIV prevention. We also deliver sexual health workshops and sexual health interventions to street sex workers through our Outreach sessions.

Click here for an informal introduction to our services

We also provide:

  • One to one crisis intervention and support
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Barrier contraception
  • Sexual Health Screening
  • Chaperone service
  • Therapeutic sessions
  • Harm minimisation
  • Peer support groups
  • Leisure activities
  • Outings
  • Emergency food parcels
  • Clothing
  • Internet access
  • Advice, referrals and signposting
  • Legal Advice Surgery
  • Life Skills workshops
  • DW&P Benefit / Assessment Advice Clinic - finance, benefit and debt advice
  • Mixed level English, Maths and ICT

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