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Project information

Building the Heart

Women’s Work was set up in 2003 but has expanded both geographically and in the services it provides to reach out to hard to engage women across the county who lead chaotic lifestyles. Delivery of our services is now constrained by the size of our building and we need to relocate

April 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Women's Work (Derbyshire)Ltd

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  • Need


    The ability of Women’s Work to meet increasing demand for its services and maintain its current high standard of delivery is under threat because we have outgrown our present building and the lease expires at the end of the year. A new location near Derby city centre, with car parking and on a public transport route is required urgently.


    We need to purchase or renovate a new location suitable for delivery of our services and allowing for potential expansion in the future. We have an experienced team of 20 professionsstaff and 40 volunteers who, with our partners, need space to deliver a wide range of interventions including educational workshops, confidence courses and life skill workshops. We provide a safe environment where women can talk to others who have been through the same problems, gain confidence and make friends.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To deliver individualised support services to increasing numbers of marginalised women in need.


    » We will deliver education and support to empower vulnerable women to improve their lives.

    What success will look like

    By relocating into a suitable environment to enhance and expand delivery of our services to meet increasing demand. We supported 860 women in 2018, up from 738 the previous year.

    Aim 2

    To develop projects that address the root causes of the multiple issues we deal with.


    » We.will seek funding from the public, private and voluntary sectors and grant bodies.

    What success will look like

    By relocation into a suitable environment to enhance and expand delivery of our services to meet increasing demand. We supported 860 women in 2018, up from 738 the previous year.

  • Impact


    It will allow us to utilise our scope and expertise to further enhance our provision and packages of care to marginalised women. New partnerships with appropriate agencies will increase the range of services we offer. We will explore how we might help prevent the cycle of deprivation, poverty, abuse, addiction and mental health among women. Qualitative and quantitative data, with performance matrices, surveys, questionnaires and general feedback will monitor success and inform the way forward


    There is a risk that we could be unsuccessful in gaining sufficient grant funding. We are reducing the risk by applying to a range of grant funders and sponsors, as well as looking to develop a more resilient funding base in other areas. We promote our recognition in the public and voluntary sectors as an award winning, respected and trustworthy charity to offer confidence to prospective funders.


    Funders are advised of our outcomes through formal reporting as required by the grant awarding bodies and through the Annual Report which summarises the aims of each intervention and gives outcomes in terms of statistics and quotes. We also use social media to share our impact with stakeholders.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £250,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £100,000 capital costs purchase or renovation of new building
      £150,000 secured funding purchase or renovation of new building

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Trust Funder £25,000 Guaranteed
    Trust Funder £35,000 Guaranteed
    Trust Funder £30,000 Guaranteed
    Women's Work Property Resource Fund £60,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Derby city centre or immediate surrounding area


    Disadvantaged or vulnerable women and their children across Derbyshire with multiple health and social needs arising from domestic abuse, substance misuse, sexual exploitation, a criminal record or poor mental health

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only organisation in Derbyshire that, through working with partners, offers a comprehensive one-stop-shop model of delivery of a range of services. We are a respected, trustworthy charity with a sound reputation that is recognised by the voluntary, public and private sector.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dionne Reid

    As CEO Dionne has been at the heart of Women’s Work since she created it 15 years ago. She was voted Derby & Derbyshire’s Most Inspired Woman In 2017