Watford Women's Centre was established in 1989 by a group of exceptional women who came together to volunteer their time and support to victims of sexual violence and rape in and around Watford.
Over the past 30 years the charity has developed a needs-led service, shaped by what local women tell us makes a real and lasting difference in their lives. We recognise that the challenges women face can often be complex and overwhelming, and we strive to reduce gender inequality, build trusting relationships and empower women to become independent, productive and healthy.
The charity has also been responsive to the needs of the wider community and we now deliver education and training services to men as well as women over the age of 18, who are in need of support in and around the Watford area and across Hertfordshire. Our domestic abuse services are for women only, and our Centre remains a safe space for them.
We provide life changing services for women to lead independent, productive and healthier lives, and also support our wider community
To create a community wide culture that has zero tolerance for family or partner abuse and that fosters healthy relationships based on mutual respect and equality
All women are welcome
A Centre for all women offering information, support, education, and signposting, with a women-only space in the centre.
Generous of spirit and resource
Valuing each woman by sharing of our time and resources.
Encouraging of involvement and empowerment
A place that values every woman’s contribution and does all it can to support personal development.
Respectful of difference and non-judgemental
Every woman is accepted, we are a place that actively values diversity and sees diversity as a source of enrichment.
Responsive to changing needs
Our programmes reflect what our current clients have told us they want and we see our role as trying to accommodate any woman’s changing needs.
We respect any woman’s right to privacy and maintain total confidentiality unless there are safeguarding issues.
We aim to keep costs to a minimum and provide an affordable service.
A safe space
A safe and mutually respectful place to work, learn and grow.
The cornerstone aims that inform our strategies as are as follows:
- To reach more women experiencing domestic abuse and other forms of violence and to deliver impact through personalised levels of support.
- To engage meaningfully with our wider community to raise awareness of domestic abuse, and to encourage the personal development and wellbeing of women through our community-wide services of support.
- To create a responsive, efficient and well governed charity, which delivers high quality services to women and our local community.
- To build strong financial fundamentals in response to challenges in funding environment, ensuring long lasting sustainability.
Our Charity is governed by a board of trustees who have a range of expertise across key areas of the organisation. Day to day management of the charity is delegated to the Chief Executive with support from a team of dedicated and experienced Service Leads and delivery staff.
Our volunteers are highly valued and over 50 volunteers bring passion and experience to support the delivery of services such as teaching, administration, reception, and counselling.
We are connected to a wide range of local partners whose support is invaluable in helping us deliver high quality integrated support to our clients.