A vital service protecting vulnerable women in North Wales is opening two new contact centers, including one in Wrexham.
The North Wales Women’s Center in Rhyl was forced to close its doors during the lockdown, preventing women from using its reception service.
Now the center has reopened and is launching its new Pathfinder offices in Wrexham and Bangor and this was greeted by the Executive Director of the Women’s Center, Gemma Fox.
It offers early intervention and support to vulnerable women, often facing issues such as alcohol and substance abuse, mental health issues and family relationships, to reduce the number of women in the health care system. criminal justice while helping them live safer and healthier lives.
Gemma Fox said, “These are welcoming, warm, friendly places where women who have experienced trauma can be reassured and have confidential conversations in a safe environment.
“We know that these centers can encourage women to rebuild their lives and without the help of the commissioner we simply would not have been able to move forward with the plans.
“The face-to-face return to work will encourage women to seek support again because during the pandemic the personal contact could not be there.
“We are starting to see an increase in demand and we expect this to increase with the developing economic fallout from the pandemic and the diminishing benefits. ”
North Wales Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Wayne Jones said: ‘We are very keen to support the centre’s ongoing work to divert women from the criminal justice system where possible. .
“We know the impact that a sentence can have on a family and that is why we want to continue our support and we welcome the fact that the center is opening new bases in Wrexham and Bangor to make its services more accessible to women. from North Wales.
“I know from my own experience how very useful these services are for women at risk, including those who come to the center and want to change their lives.
“They have an excellent track record of supporting women who find themselves in difficult situations and keeping them out of prison.
“Covid has brought additional challenges with the reduction in face-to-face meetings, but they have continued to do a great job and it’s great that they can now expand services in North Wales. ”
Yvonne Wild, project manager at the center, said: “Women come to us through different channels, not just referrals from the police or those who have committed offenses, but also those who are at risk of committing offenses.
“These are often people who are homeless or have alcohol or drug problems, victims of domestic violence and people in financial difficulty, especially with the drop in Universal Credit.
“There are also people who have lost their jobs, especially in an area like Rhyl which is one of the most disadvantaged in Wales, but also in Bangor and Wrexham where we get the most referrals.
“There has been an increase in requests for help with the domestic violence and housing issues we face and it didn’t help that the women were unable to call during the lockdown.
“However, we were delighted to restart our walk-in service on Wednesdays at Rhyl in September, where women can call without an appointment.”
To contact the North Wales Women’s Center and for assistance, visit https://northwaleswomenscentre.com/ or call 01745-339331.
For more information on the work of the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, visit https://www.northwales-pcc.gov.uk/en/home.aspx