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Derry Well Women Ltd

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Charity no. 101247 Date registered. 19/01/2015

Public benefits

The Board Members of Derry Well Women judge that the purpose of Derry Well Women; to promote the physical and mental health of women in Derry and surrounding area irrespective of class, race or religion satisfies both elements of the public benefit requirement. Public Benefit Statement The direct benefits which flow from this purpose include: the

improved health status of women in general and improved specific health outcomes for women in Derry and surrounding area; an improvement in the overall physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing of women within the geographical area of Derry and surrounding area; a reduction in social exclusion and an improvement in the health and social status of specific groups of vulnerable women; the promotion of an understanding of the gender specific health needs of women and advocating for policy change. These benefits are demonstrated by setting specific and measureable outcomes for services, by using a variety of feedback mechanisms including self reported health improvement assessments e.g. health impact measurement tools, formal auditing of services, regular independent evaluation of services and gathering both formal and informal service user feedback. This information can be found in our analysis of health impact assessment measurements, evaluation feedbacks, Annual Report, reports to funders, published research and service evaluations. Risk assessment identifies minimum risks related to the delivery of services and that mitigating controls and actions in relation to risk of malpractice/poor quality of care, non disclosure, staff welfare, breach of confidentiality or loss of data, misappropriation of funds and governance arrangements are in place (fully outlined in Risk Register and Business Continuity Plan) and that the benefits far outweigh the minimum risks.Counsellors Therapists and Facilitators work to minimum standards as set by the DHSS&PSNI, the PHA and codes of ethics as set by their governing bodies eg British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Beneficiaries of Service The beneficiaries of this purpose are women living in Derry and surrounding areas who self refer with specific health illness/ issues/concerns on to specific services and interventions. There is additional benefit to health professionals, facilitators, therapists and counsellors who gain skills and experience which are transferrable to other settings and are of benefit to our beneficiaries. There is benefit to Board Members which arises from a programme of training in good governance, finance, personnel management, risk management. There is benefit to staff and Board Members who can access specific services on an equal access basis which are provided to our beneficiaries. These benefits are incidental and are necessary to ensure the benefit is provided to all of our beneficiaries.

What your organisation does

Derry Well Women is a community based womens health organisation. Our aim is to empower women to help us shape responses to meet their health needs and to work in partnership with them and other agencies to deliver services which are evidence based and rooted in best practice and address unmet need. We advocate for a gender approach to identifying

the determinants of women’s health and wellbeing, and for the need to devise cross cutting programmes tailored to the characteristics of our catchment area. Our approach is underpinned by the goals of: i. Providing a leadership focus for women specific health care; ii. Making health and social care systems work better for women; iii. Leveraging change in policy in where and how care is provided, and iv. Building a knowledge base to empower women in choices relating to their health and wellbeing. Our programmes address the main causes of morbidity and mortality as identified by the Women’s EU Convention - cardio-vascular/respiratory disease, cancer, mental illness and osteoporosis. Our programmes are developed for a range of targeted groups, including lone parents, new mothers, older women and carers. Our programmes are designed to also address unmet need including eating disorders, women who experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and managing long-term conditions. In contextualising policy to local circumstances and in listening to the needs expressed by women, the profile of services we provide is: • Counselling • Support / self help • Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing • Programmes for victim/survivors of trauma • Supporting mother and children programmes including Creche • Cancer programmes • Preventative health education and lifestyle • Complementary therapies and holistic approach to health • Advocacy for change and tackling inequalities • Chronic illness management • Clinics and screening programmes • Promoting Social Inclusion • Schools education programmes • Training practitioners

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of health or the saving of lives

Who the charity helps

  • Mental health
  • Older people
  • Parents
  • Preschool (0-5 year olds)
  • Sexual orientation
  • Specific areas of deprivation
  • Travellers
  • Voluntary and community sector
  • Women

How the charity works

  • Advice/advocacy/information
  • Community development
  • Counselling/support
  • Cross-border/cross-community
  • Education/training
  • Gender
  • Medical/health/sickness

This display is a broad summary of the charity’s financial information. For a full understanding of the charity’s finances, the reader should view the PDF accounts and reports under the Documents tab above.





Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2021

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2020

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2019

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charitable purposes

The Companys objects are to promote the physical and mental health of women in Derry and surrounding area irrespective of class, race or religion by:- (i) Financing and administering a centre which shall be known as Derry Well Women which will provide premises for a range of servies run by and for women; (ii) Establishing a health education programme for women in the Derry area.

Governing document

Memorandum and Articles

Other name

  • 12 Trustees
  • 7 Employees
  • 36 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Ms Susan Gibson, Derry Well Woman Ltd, 17 Queen Street, Londonderry, BT48 7EQ

Trustee board

Ms Karen Meehan
Mrs Sinead Callan
Mrs Nuala Doherty
Mrs Mary Diamond
Mrs Philomena Mahon
Mrs Philomena Melaugh
Mrs Grainne Mc Laughlin
Mrs Paula Barr

List of regions

  • In Northern Ireland