COVID-19 update

The Women’s Centre Cornwall is still here for you. We would like to assure you that we are doing everything we can to continue to support women and girls during these unprecedented and unpredictable times. We know that things feel very uncertain at the moment and that plans are changing on a daily basis. This can be very unsettling, but we want you to know that we are still here for you.

We have had to make some changes to the ways in which we can offer support, however providing support to survivors of abuse continues to be our main priority. We have made the very difficult decision to temporarily pause seeing women and girls face to face but will be offering support and advice via our helpline, support email and social media posts as detailed below:

 An overview of how you can access support:

Support Services – Rape & Sexual Violence & Domestic Abuse:

  • We will be running one combined helpline (Rape & Sexual Abuse and Domestic Abuse) from 10am - 1pm Monday - Friday as of Monday 23rd March. Contact us on: 01208 77099

  • To access support – please refer through the Helpline telephone number anytime by leaving a message, emailing support1@womenscentrecornwall.org.uk or use the form on the website

  • If you are on the waiting list, a worker will be in touch to update you on our current services.

  • For women already accessing the service, a worker will be in touch to arrange ongoing telephone support. 

Open Service:

Offering support to women throughout Cornwall, Devon & Dorset, following a conviction In all our criminal justice services we aren’t meeting women face-to-face currently but are continuing to offer phone support to all the women we are working with.

Community Justice Service

The Community Justice Service, which supports women who have community sentences with probation, is continuing to offer phone support to all the women we are working with, and is not doing any face-to-face sessions.

Please access more information on our Open Project by clicking on this link:

https://www.womenscentrecornwall.org.uk/our-services/open-criminal-justice-services/open-community-justice-work-/

Partner Link Service

The Partner Link service offers support to women whose partners or ex-partners are participating in the Building Better Relationships programme following domestic abuse. We will be continuing to offer phone support and are contacting all women we have been touch with again now due to potentially increased risk of domestic abuse during lockdown.

Criminal Justice Outreach Service

This service works with any women in contact with the criminal justice system, particularly those facing severe and multiple disadvantage. We are continuing to offer phone support and working in partnership with homelessness services and others to arrange practical support for women where needed.

Open Mentoring Project:

Open Mentoring is a programme which offers support to women who have offended or are at risk of offending.

The aim of this programme is to empower women to reduce offending or reoffending risk and rebuild their lives.

Please access more information on our Mentoring Project by clicking on this link:

https://www.womenscentrecornwall.org.uk/our-services/open-criminal-justice-services/open-mentoring-/

Our mentoring service is still operating and is offering support to women over the phone, via email, text & FaceTime.

We are still accepting new referrals during this time and will offer support via the routes outlined above until face to face support can resume. New referrals can be made by emailing: kerry.whincup@womenscentrecornwall.cjsm.net (for professional referrals) or self-referrals by phoning / texting Kerry on 07442 499 431

Please keep following us on Facebook or Twitter to keep an eye on any developments - we know things are likely to change.

In the meantime... you are not alone; we will continue listening, supporting and empowering you.

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National Lottery Lloyds Children in Need Peoples Postcode Trust Fundraising regulator European Social Fund Rape Crisis England & Wales Service Standards Seetec, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company Comic Relief