We work with over 3000 women a year, supporting them to recognise their assets and achieve their potential. We are committed to ensuring that our work is effective and achieves meaningful and sustainable outcomes for the women we support. We use a range of tools to assess our impact, including the use of robust outcome measures and by undertaking internal and external evaluations of our work. We are also committed to sharing our best practice, both locally and nationally, in order to reach more women than we could ever do through direct delivery alone.
'Lancashire Women’s Centres is an outstanding charity with an impressive range of services that are designed around the needs of the individual. They recognise that mental health issues cannot be looked at in isolation - other factors can play a part. By dealing with these as well as providing mental health support, they are able to achieve impressive result. These factors made them stand out from the crowd and we would like to congratulate them on a well earned win.’
93% of women have not reoffended during the last year. 72% of women evidenced improvements in mental health and emotional wellbeing. 20% of women evidenced improved life skills.
5807 hours of therapeutic support were accessed by 1154 women and 78 men. Following therapy: 25% were no longer taking medication, 8% felt the support had helped them find and keep a job, 12% continued to access LWC services to support their recovery.
Our work has been recognised nationally for it's impact through a number of awards:
The Howard League for Penal Reform Community Awards recognises successful community projects working to encourage desistance from crime. We were delighted that our Avert Project was recognised for the impact of it’s work with women in this area.
The Weston Charity Awards are focused on celebrating and supporting excellent charities working in the fields of Youth, Welfare and Community. As part of our awards package we have received a year of support from senior business leaders who, through involvement with national mentoring organisation Pilolight, are providing strategic mentor support to the organisation to support it’s development.
We were delighted to be shorlisted as a finalist in the Lancashire Business View Red Rose Business Awards in the category of Not for Profit Business of the year. This nomination recognises the impact of our work as well as the contribution which we make to the Lancashire economy.
As part of the National 2014 European Social Fund Mainstreaming Leader Awards, LWC were recognised for our efforts in demonstrating good practice in promoting gender equality and helping more women participate in ESF funded activity. We were delighted to receive the title of National ESF Gender Equality Leader.
The GSK IMPACT Awards have been running since 1997 and are designed to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. They are funded by GlaxoSmithKline and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund.
We were delighted to be crowned overall national winner of the awards in 2013, receiving recognition of the impact of our work in improving the health and wellbeing of women across Lancashire.
We continue to play a key role within the Impact Award Winner's Network which brings together health and social care VCFS leaders from across the UK. This network provides a key platform for our organisation to share experiences and expertise, and to work with others in the sector to build recognition of the significant and vital contribution to the health and social care system that VCFS organisations play.