Fylde Coast Women’s Aid founded
Fylde Coast Women’s Aid (FCWA) was founded in 1993 as a result of a 2-year campaign run by what was then known as The Fylde Coast Women’s Support Group. The organisation opened its first refuge, Burton House, later that year.
Second FCWA refuge opened
In 1995 FCWA opened its second refuge, Haywood House and this allowed the organisation to provide 8 rooms on the Fylde Coast to women and children escaping domestic abuse.
First Outreach or aftercare service
In 1999 the charity developed its first outreach service or aftercare service as it was then known.
In 2003 FCWA obtained further funding to commit to providing outreach and tenancy support services to women and children both following on from refuge or for those living in the community who do not access refuge.
Third FCWA refuge opened
In 2009 FCWA opened its third refuge, Laurel House, providing a further 4 bed spaces for domestic abuse victims. The following year, the organisation was also successful in obtaining funding to strengthen the community-based services. This bid enabled the charity to provide crisis intervention work to high risk victims residing on the Fylde Coast.
FCWA’s first conference
2012 saw FCWA’s first conference being held at Blackpool Football Club. 124 local professionals attended the event and heard from stalking expert, Laura Richards and honour based violence and forced marriage expert, Jasvinder Sanghera. The attendees also participated in workshops facilitated by the team. The conference was so successful that the organisation has repeated the event on a bi-yearly basis and has allowed FCWA to train approximately 1000 professionals.
Through the work that FCWA has completed in the local community, the organisation has over time, identified needs and have developed individual projects to meet these needs, such as the expansion of the children and young people’s team, Safe Haven. FCWA has also introduced a range of specialist projects such as the stalking project and both the minorities and male specialist workers.
FCWA prides itself in being able to offer a wrap-around service, that can provide holistic support packages to individuals on the Fylde Coast.