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About us

Her Centre is a small local women’s charity based in Greenwich, providing services to women and girls in Greenwich, Bexley and Lewisham.

 

Our Vision is:

To eradicate violence against women and girls.

 

Our Mission Statement is:

To engage, enable and empower women to move away from abuse, and to move forward with their lives.

 

Our Value Statement is:

Her centre is a women-focused, woman led organisation. We believe that domestic and sexual abuse must be tackled both by empowering women and acknowledging the societal inequality that perpetuates and legitimises violence. We are resilient and inspire resilience in the women we support. Her Centre is a safe place where women can be listened to and believed in an environment of trust and respect.

 

Her Centre has a small staff team and a board of volunteer trustees.

 

History:

Her Centre was formed in 1997 incorporating the Greenwich Asian Women’s Centre to form a service for all women in Greenwich. Known as Greenwich Women’s Centre, and developed with the support of the Women’s Equality Unit of Greenwich council, the service provided advice, support and training. From the beginning our services have had a strong focus on including all women from all communities and backgrounds, and have worked proactively with local groups to make women aware of what we offer. There has always been support provided for women who have experienced abuse, initially as a peer-run support group, in line with the grass roots of our service.

In 2006, Her Centre became the new name of the service, opening us up to wider funding options and cross borough working. In 2010 we received 3 year Big Lottery funding for a domestic violence advocate and a trauma counsellor post. From 2011 Her Centre won the tender from Greenwich council to provide the local Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy service, and have now secured that funding until 2019.

 

Quality:

Her Centre has received SAFE LIVES (formerly CAADA) accreditation as a quality IDVA service, and is committed to training all our IDVA staff in a formal IDVA/ISVA qualification. In 2016 we renewed our PQASSO accreditation, which is awarded by the NCVO, and covers all aspects of our service, management, governance and user accountability.

 

Partnerships:

We work enthusiastically in partnership with a large number of Greenwich-based agencies to ensure women receive the most appropriate local support they require.

 

Our partnerships include:

 

One Stop Shop:

We lead the weekly One Stop Shop for women experiencing domestic abuse alongside Housing For Women & Solicitors from Hudgell & Partners. For more info click here.

 

New Leaf Young People's Project:

We lead the New Leaf young people’s project targeting relationship abuse in collaboration with Little Fish Theatre. For more information about the project, please see our New Leaf flyer and to keep in touch with the project, please find us on Facebook and Twitter. For more info click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A short video on New Leaf Project which supports young people in healthy relationships.

 

Her Centre, and Little Fish Theatre are the Greenwich and Bexley project partners working together to work with vulnerable young men and women at risk of domestic violence & abuse.

 

Bexley DSV Youth Project:

Bexley DSV Youth is a three-year partnership between Her Centre & Little Fish Theatre. The project has been set up to support young people aged 13-19 years in healthy relationships, working with survivors, perpetrators and young people at risk of domestic & sexual violence.

For more information about the project, please see our Bexley DSV Youth flyer, also please find us on Facebook.

 

Training:

Our training is supported by Greenwich Local Labour and Business, MOSAC, City Lit and Social Action for Health.

 

Advice:

Our weekly drop-in and advice services are hosted by YMCA, Woolwich.

 

Other local partnerships:

  • We are part of the Greenwich Equalities Forum with Metro Centre (for the LGBT community), MARAC & Steering Group, Greenwich Association of the Disabled, AgeUK Bromley and Greenwich, and Greenwich Inclusion Project (GRIP).
  • We are members of the Multi Agency Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Forum, VAWG Strategic Board, Greenwich Community Advice Network, Child Safeguarding Prevention Group, the Greenwich Homelessness Forum and Greenwich Action for Voluntary Service (GAVS) forums.

 

Additionally, we work closely with the Met Police Community Safety Unit, the SCD2 Unit, The Point, Best Beginnings, Stephen Lawrence Centre, Volunteer Centre Greenwich, Greenwich Housing Rights, Family Information Service, Meridian Money Advice, Greenwich Credit Union, Woolwich CAB, Plumstead Law Centre, Greenwich Health Visitors, Mind in Greenwich, Greenwich PCT, Advocacy in Greenwich, CAMHS, Oxleas, and Rt. Hon. Matthew Pennycook MP and Rt. Hon. Teresa Pearce MP.

 

 

 

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Registered Charity number 1070755