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.