Womens Health Matters empowers women from communities across Leeds to tackle and overcome health inequalities and to make healthier lifestyle choices for themselves and their families. Each year, we work with over 5,000 women who have unequal access to health and support services.
We work intensively with around 600 women who are most at risk, including those experiencing domestic violence, sexual and emotional abuse, those with children in care or at risk of being removed and women seeking asylum. We take a woman-centred holistic approach, creating a safe, nurturing environment to help women recover their confidence, explore their own needs and regain control over their lives.
We specialise in group work, peer support, and providing one-to-one support. Our broad health remit enables women experiencing violence and abuse to raise these issues in safety and to receive support without stigma or partner suspicion.
Over 80% of women we work with intensively have improved wellbeing, better physical health and feel more empowered to make their own choices. Three-quarters of those experiencing abuse change or end their relationship. 84% of those we help say we provided support unavailable elsewhere.
Thanks to Women’s Health Matters I feel a lot better. I’ve left the person who mistreated me and realised I don’t need to be with anyone to be happy. I’m a lot more confident. I’ve got my fire back about me!