Everything began in 2015 when our founder Vittoria De Meo delivered her first peer talking groups for women migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. The activity was called The Happiness Corner and provided a safe place where women could socialise, receive emotional support and regain hope and self-confidence. From then she delivered more than 80 session
to over 350 women.
It was early 2019 when together with other 5 women she founded For Women a community group whose main aim was to envision a world in which all women regardless of ethnicity, religion, culture or socio-economic background, are nurtured and empowered to reach their fullest potential in order to participate in and positively influence society.
It was thanks to weekly talking groups with regular attendance of women with effective and powerful outcomes it was unanimously decided FOR WOMEN to expand.
In February 2020 For Women was registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC)
In March 2020 when the UK was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent national lockdowns For Women immediately adapted to the challenging time and decided to move all services online. Women could connect with their laptops, tablets, smartphones or landline.
40% self-referrals (word of mouth, social media)
60% Referrals from primary care social prescribing link workers as well as NHS Trusts mental health services and social services.