It's not only the injustice that drives us, it's her hope for a better life.
Supporting disadvantaged and marginalised women and girls to have a fair chance at a better life
Our Mission: Women's Health Matters exists to support women and girls to live safe and healthy lives. We achieve this by providing a holistic, trauma-informed service for women and girls who are socially, economically, or politically marginalised. This includes, for example, those affected by domestic abuse, asylum-seekers, and those whose children live elsewhere.
We take a woman-centred holistic approach, creating a safe, nurturing environment to help women and girls recover their confidence, explore their own needs, regain control of their lives, and build secure and healthy family relationships.
By women with women
A women-led organisation, working with, and responsive to, the needs of women, their families, and girls.
We are respectful, compassionate, and kind. We provide welcoming and safe spaces and remove barriers to engagement.
We are bold, resilient, and courageous in our approach, and encourage bravery and strength in those we support.
Women are the experts in their own lives. We work holistically to empower, inspire, and support them.
Women’s Health Matters was founded in 1987 by a group of women who recognised the struggles other women in their communities were having with mental health, domestic violence, poverty, and loneliness. They came together to provide support for those women, and, through dedication and hard work, Women’s Health Matters became a registered charity in 1995.
In the years since, though the staff and projects may have changed, our ethos at Women’s Health Matters has stayed the same; working together with women, their families, and girls to make their lives safer. The issues first identified in 1987 still impact women and girls in Leeds today and we continue to support and meet the needs of women and girls to make a place of safety, so that they have a better chance of a better life.
We work intensively with around 1200 women, their families, and girls each year in and around Leeds. These women and girls are most at risk, including those experiencing domestic violence, sexual and emotional abuse, those with children in care or at risk of being removed, women seeking asylum, women with learning disabilities, and women with complex needs or mental health and wellbeing needs. We also support with parenting and pregnancy choices. We take a woman-centred holistic approach, creating a safe, nurturing environment to help women and girls 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 and girls experiencing violence and abuse to raise these issues in safety and to receive support without stigma or partner suspicion. Our outreach work allows us to broaden our reach to a wide range of women who have often found it difficult to work with statutory services. We create a safe environment where women can build trusting relationships and begin to recover their health and regain control of their lives.
"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!"
We work with women and girls struggling to make their way out of abuse, exploitation and trauma - building the services she needs delivered in an environment that is non-stigmatising, non-shaming, collaborative and empowering.
2023 evaluation shows:
96% of women feel safer
96% make better choices
95% better understand what abuse is
95% feel able to leave an abusive relationship
92% have improved mental wellbeing
95% developed a positive support network
93% said they had received support that they couldn’t have received elsewhere
96% agreed they feel better about themselves
95% agreed that they have developed a more positive support network
92% agreed that they have improved mental wellbeing
91% agreed that they have increased self confidence
90% agreed that they feel less lonely
90% agreed that they feel less anxious
90% agreed that they are more positive about their future
96% agreed they make better choices
When asked how the support they’ve received from Women’s Health Matters has directly or indirectly helped their children:
98% of parents strongly or somewhat agreed that their children have improved mental wellbeing.
96% of parents strongly or somewhat agreed that their children have learned something new
96% of parents strongly or somewhat agreed that their children had increased confidence
94% of parents strongly or somewhat agreed that their children feel safer
92% of parents strongly or somewhat agreed that it helped their children make friends
94% of parents say the support from Women’s Health Matters has increased their confidence about parenting
90% have improved parenting skills
84% feel that any children they have in the future are less likely to be removed from their care
Why are we needed?
There were 71,387 domestic abuse-related incidents reported to West Yorkshire Police in 2018/19. That equates to a stunning one every 7.4 minutes.
Office of National Statistics, 2019
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