Building Better Opportunities - Opportunity and Change

Opportunity and Change is part of Building Better Opportunities, a national programme which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund. We are one of the organisations delivering on this project, by offering a person-centered employment service which delivers a holistic package of support to help women who have multiple and complex needs.

Women who meet the criteria for the project are allocated a Personal Navigator to work with them to help address and resolve their complex issues. The support is tailored to their needs and can be provided over a long period.

We are currently taking referrals for this project. To find out more please contact our reception on 0115 941 1475 or email [email protected]

Building Better Opportunities – Towards Work

Nottingham Women’s Centre, is one of a partnership of local organisations delivering the Groundwork Greater Nottingham, Towards Work, Building Better Opportunities programme across Derby Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, jointly funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s European Social Fund (ESF) allocation and the Big Lottery Fund. We deliver Towards Work within Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

We aim to support with those vital first steps towards gaining employment and overcoming barriers through a personalised service and support.

Our team is committed to:

  • Supporting people to overcome personal barriers to employment and training, by providing an all-inclusive package of support to those most at risk of social exclusion
  • Providing an In-Work Support service to ensure employment once obtained is sustained
  • Providing a person-centred, tailored service particularly for;
    • People out of work or economically inactive
    • People aged over 50
    • Young people not in education, employment or training
    • Women returning to work or who have never worked
  • Offering specialist support from our partnering BAME organisations, mental health and disability specialists for those in need of additional provisions

Towards Work offers bespoke, personalised and tailored solutions to support an individual’s journey to personal progression and employment. Linking individuals with specialist local support and continued In-Work services resulting in job retention.

Having enrolled onto the programme Towards Work successful participants will;

  • Secure employment
  • Access education or training
  • Become economically active

To receive support from the Towards Work team contact our reception on 0115 941 1475 or email [email protected]

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CHANGES is our project for women who have offended or are at risk of offending. CHANGES aims to reduce reoffending by offering interventions and support to address the 9 pathways to reducing re-offending highlighted in the Corston Report: accommodation; attitudes; thinking and behaviour; education; finance, benefits and debt; family and children; health; substance misuse; abuse and prostitution.

This intervention was initially commissioned by Nottinghamshire Probation Trust and more recently by the Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland Community Rehabilitation Company (DLNR CRC) Ltd. Referrals into the project come directly from DLNR CRC.


Communities of Identity

Nottingham Women’s Centre is funded by Nottingham City Council to lead a local consortium of organisations delivering services to women and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) communities. This work takes two forms – our own provision of core support services to women, and the provision of funding and support to other women’s organisations and those working with LGBT communities. The funding enables us to keep our ‘open door’ at the Centre, to maintain a regular programme of training courses, advice and support for volunteering.

As part of this work, we are able to offer small grants to organisations that work with women or LGBT communities. Please click on the CoI tab above to learn more about this project and how your organisation could benefit from receiving a small grant.



Help through Crisis

Help through Crisis is a 5 year project funded by the Big Lottery Fund which enables us to work with some of the most disadvantaged women in Nottinghamshire to support them to overcome financial hardship and debt, access training and other services they may need to gain self-confidence, better mental health and build resilience to cope with the issues they face.

We work with 7 partner organisations across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to deliver this project. Working together and sharing our experiences, we aim to give women a voice to better inform and influence the local and national policy decisions that affect women.

We are currently taking referrals for this project. To find out more please contact our reception on 0115 941 1475 or email [email protected]



RENEW stands for Re-energised, Networked and Empowered Women. This is a project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, which aims to help women to improve their mental health, well-being and confidence through counselling, peer support, and creative and therapeutic group activities.

RENEW is delivered as part of our core activities here – please see our what we offer page for more information about the counselling service and the group activities on offer.


Safer for Women

Safer for Women is our project to address misogynistic incidents affecting women in Nottinghamshire, including street harassment, sexual assault and unwanted sexual advances, cyber harassment and verbal and physical assault. This project is funded by the Office of Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner and delivered in partnership with key local agencies such as Nottinghamshire Police and the Safer Nottinghamshire Board.

Over the last two years, we have worked closely with Nottinghamshire Police to implement misogyny as a locally monitored hate crime category. You can read more about this groundbreaking work here.

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