Our History

The story so far…

Manchester Women’s Aid formed in December 2008 following the merger of North, South, Central, Wythenshawe and Sojurners House Women’s Aid. Each organisation had over 30 years experience of delivering domestic violence services and were well established as domestic violence services.

The rationale for the merger was that by combining the resources, experience and expertise of the five groups Manchester Women’s Aid will increase the long term sustainability of women-focused/governed domestic violence services in Manchester, and will be better able to support survivors by…

- offering a wider range of support by expanding our specialist services across the City.
- ensuring highest quality service provision through increased capacity for effective management, monitoring and delivery.
- increasing our negotiation strength as a bigger service provider.
- increasing the organisation’s experience and knowledge pool.

The management committees of the five organisations joined up to agree a new constitutional framework and together formed a new Board of Trustees. There are working groups that meet regularly to manage the organisation – Human Resource and Finance.

As part of the restructure we set up a new staff structure to improve the management of the organisation and establish accountability throughout our services. The Director leads the organisation, working with two Managers – the community services team and the refuge services team.  We also employ a Finance Manager. We employ over 30 staff delivering refuge and community services across the City of Manchester.