As 2018 draws to a close, we are reflecting on everything we have achieved to enter the New Year with empowered positivity!
This year we have had more women accessing our services than ever before. The number of new referrals, (women registering to access our centre) has increased annually and incredibly, in 2018, we hit a record number of 1739 new women accessing our service in a year!
Whilst our outreach to women has broadened, so has our own Team with 4 new Trustees and 3 new staff, meaning we have additional hands on deck to make even more of an impact on women's lives. In addition, we welcomed Dame Lorna Elizabeth Muirhead as Patron of TWW, who advocates and supports all of the work we do here and in her words feels utterly "inspired" to do so.
TWW were also host to a number of successful events; International Women's Day, TWW Volunteer Fair, UN Elimination of Violence against Women event with awareness of ASH (Action on Street Health – Wirral), all attended by fabulous guest speakers. This year TWW have started our own in-house delivered courses, written and piloted by our own staff. This included ‘Finding Me’, Domestic Abuse course which has been a great success with very positive feedback, and will be restarting again in the New Year!
After receiving a Butler Trust Commendation in 2017, it was with such pride that Angela Murphy, CEO of TWW, was invited back to St James’ Palace to give a winners speech to HRH Princess Anne and all prospective nominees for the 2018 Butler Trust Awards In March. What an honour!
TWW received much more in the way of recognition this year as we were shortlisted for many awards: Women of the Year, Wirral Life, The Guardian Awards, Northwest in Bloom and Howard League. We successfully received a commendation from the Howard League for our ASH project (that was granted funding from Merseyside Police Cashback Fund this year) aiming to proactively outreach to local sex workers, encouraging safer practise and engaging with local safe environments, including our own!
A word from our CEO Angela Murphy on our achievements in 2018:
'During 2018 Tomorrow’s Women has made fantastic progress; more referrals, more visitors, more supporters than previous years. There have been fabulous outcomes achieved by women who have come to us wanting support. These positive results have culminated in TWW being acknowledged locally and Nationally through nominations and awards for our work.
Next year our aim is to continue creating awareness of our work to encourage more women to access support. Obtaining funding is always a priority especially when over 6500 women are registered with us. We know, through the women we engage with, the partners we work with and our supporters that TWW’s work is a necessity that contributes to a safer, Wirral Community.
Best wishes for a happy, safe, empowering New Year
So 2018 has been a pretty spectacular year for our ever growing charity and we hope this growth and outreach continues to flourish into the New Year and beyond!
As we move into 2019, we wish you all health and happiness. For those who already know and access us we look forward to you returning to us, and for new prospective members know there is a huge welcome waiting for you at TWW!
Happy New Year from Tomorrow's Women Wirral!