Women's support centre given cash boost
Lynn Addison (left) and Christine McGirk from the Well Women Centre
A community group empowering women to regain control of their lives has been awarded a substantial grant to deliver self-esteem and exercise courses.
The Well Women Centre in Leigh supports vulnerable women over 18 across Wigan Borough with the aim to restore confidence and maintain positive wellbeing.
Through The Deal for Communities Investment Fund, Wigan Council has given the group a cash boost of almost £76,000 over three years to go towards mindfulness courses and gentle exercise classes such as yoga, which will improve physical and mental wellbeing in women who may not have the confidence to engage elsewhere.
Lynn Addison, centre manager at Women for Well Women said: “This money will help to provide even more opportunities for our service users who may have experienced mental health conditions, domestic abuse or social isolation or are simply looking for friendship.
“Our focus is on improving lives and giving women the information they need to make positive life choices. This can be through counselling, crafts, advocacy work or other methods such as the courses we’re looking forward to implementing.
“We’re passionate about women empowering other women and many of our volunteers are previous service users, so we can really tailor support and empathise, which makes all the difference.”
The Well Women Centre was established in 1991 and since then has grown to support more than 400 women per year. The group received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2016.
Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities at Wigan Council said: “Physical and mental health work hand in hand, so it’s great to hear that the Well Women Centre will use the money to help maintain both.
“The group offers invaluable support to women during transitional periods of their lives and gives them a safe place so they can learn how to re-build confidence or self-esteem in a way that suits them.
“Their work is commendable and their ethos of women supporting each other is extremely poignant, especially as International Women’s Day wasn’t too long ago.”
The Well Women Centre celebrated International Women’s Day with a week of activity, including teaching their service users about the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote and placing more of an emphasis on being strong and independent.
Find out more information about the Well Women Centre (external link) and The Deal for Communities Investment Fund.
Posted on Tuesday 20th March 2018