The Asha Women's Centre

The Asha Women's Centre

Charity information

The Asha Women's Centre

The aim of the Asha Women's Centre in Worcester is to link disadvantaged women referred by local agencies to resources that will help them to achieve their social and economic potential, and reduce social exclusion and the risk of offending. Based in Worcester and opened in 2002, it has attracted substantial interest and praise from policy makers and campaigning organisations, particularly because of its work with women offenders. It was singled out by the Corston Review (2007), the Home Office and the Department of Health as model provision for seriously disadvantaged women.
However, although the Centre developed from work undertaken in the local probation service, its provision of advice, signposting, courses, programmes and activities is relevant to women who have been victims, who have mental health problems, who are lone parents, substance abusers and many other serious disadvantages. It works in partnership with many local bodies, and with two other similar womens' centres in Worcs.