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Womanzone - A head, heart and hand community group

(Midlothian)

We will expand our community group ‘Womanzone’ for women across Edinburgh and the Lothians. Womanzone provides a safe, women-only space addressing needs of those in recovery from addictions and trauma, often living in poverty. The project provides connection and facilitated support sessions for personal development, improved health and well-being.

Our goals:

  • Improved mental and physical health: Funding will cover facilitated sessions and outdoor activities to help women be aware of how to improve their mental and physical health - using different techniques to manage challenges they face such as anxiety.
  • Being Sorted: These sessions help women cope with practical life situations. Women get support on self-management (finances, time, household, family); self-coaching skills (plans to achieve their goals); and undertake volunteering to build their CVs.
  • We want the project to empowering for those involved.
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How we will achieve our goals

We will undertake outreach work to support women considered ‘harder to reach’, due to more sessional staff and a communications strategy. We will liaise with third parties to establish a thorough referral process for women who could benefit from the project, and fund outdoor activities providing respite, improved health and access to green spaces.

Where the money will go

Our pilot project enabled us to support 100 women on a shoe string. But this funding will help address the challenges of many more women in the community, through helping to build their confidence, develop friendships and manage their lives during recovery. Previous group members have said how our holistic approach leads to long lasting changes.

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  1. Posted on August 9, 2017

    Great project targeting a group that need this support. Good Luck guys!!

  2. Posted on August 9, 2017

    This project is literally a lifeline for the many women who access the service. It provides vital support through community, the empowerment of women and education in a non judgemental way. Women supporting women to cope with difficult circumstances.

  3. Posted on August 10, 2017

    This is an absolutely amazing project it has helped so many women that I know.
    It would be wonderful if they won some money to help that’s great work karyon

  4. Posted on August 15, 2017

    A project with a unique understanding of the needs of women recovering from trauma. Much needed and richly deserving of support

  5. Posted on August 20, 2017

    Good luck for the future and I hope that you can continue the great work that you are doing.

  6. Posted on August 24, 2017

    Good Luch Girls!!!!

  7. Posted on August 25, 2017

    Happy to support this organisation, voting ends 6 September! ?

  8. Posted on August 26, 2017

    Good luck! An amazing source of help and support – Womenzone was a lifeline for me. I hope their work can continue to help other women.

  9. Posted on August 26, 2017

    Good luck to you all 🙂

  10. Posted on August 27, 2017

    Fantastic charity which has helped so many women

  11. Posted on August 28, 2017

    Great people involved in this project doing fantastic work disadvantaged woman

  12. Posted on September 3, 2017

    I have heard many people say so many good things about this project! Brilliant choice for some much needed funds!

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