Back to all Publications

Women’s Centres - Thematic Summary

Please note that The Robertson Trust has published its new Giving Strategy. This sets out the priorities we will have when awarding funds through our open grants programme. The existing application form and guidelines can still be used until July 31st. In line with our existing procedures, we will aim to assess and present all applications received by this date to our September Board meeting. In the event that we are unable to do so, your application may be held until our November meeting. In such cases a member of staff will contact you and provide any assistance required to realign your application with the new Giving Strategy. Find out all you need to know here.

As part of our Innovation Learning theme, Improving the Wellbeing of Women and Girls, The Robertson Trust is seeking to establish two Women's Centres in Scotland to demonstrate how a gender specific, community-led, multi-agency approach can support women to achieve positive outcomes at a community, individual and agency level. The first of these centres, Heart and Soul, opened in Cumnock in July 2017 and has been developed with Centrestage Communities. The second, meanwhile, is planned for Johnstone, and is in the development phase with Active Communities.

Dr. Beth Weaver and Claire Lightowler from the School of Social Work and Social Policy, University of Strathclyde and CYCJ, have been involved in supporting the learning from the initial development phase and over the next two years will be evaluating the Women’s Centre Programme, with Fern Gillon, to identify whether and how this specific approach can generate its intended impact.

This summary document introduces the Women’s Centres, highlights learning to date and explains the plans for the next phase of the evaluation.

Download here.