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The Women's Support Network

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Charity no. 102763 Date registered. 06/06/2016

Public benefits

The direct benefits which flow from the purpose ‘to relieve poverty’ are increased opportunities for women that work towards the prevention of poverty and address the causes. Through the provision of information, support, resources, research and training WSN supports community based organisations in the delivery of services that address social

exclusion, educational provision and employment opportunities for women that will reduce the risks of poverty and improve the lives of those benefitting from the work of these organisations. The direct benefits which flow from the purpose “to advance education” are greater opportunities for women to avail of community based education, vocational training and lifelong learning through the provision of support, funding, research, lobbying and influencing policy to promote, sustain and increase the provision of community based education for women in the community throughout Northern Ireland. The direct benefits which flow from the purpose “to safeguard health” are improved health outcomes for women both mentally and physically. Through provision of information, researching of needs and lobbying for delivery of community based women’s health programmes and initiatives that will raise awareness, increase women’s uptake and participation to improve both physical and mental health issues, reduce stress and relieve anxiety. The direct beneficiaries are women throughout Northern Ireland availing of community based services, programmes and initiatives. These benefits can be evidenced through individual and organisational feedback, evaluation reports, research reports, annual reports and funders reports. There is no harm flowing from the organisation’s purposes. There is no private benefit flowing to people who are not the intended beneficiaries. There may be incidental benefits to children and families of the beneficiaries in addition to the organisation’s trustees through training to ensure good governance of the organisation.

What your organisation does

Women’s Support Network (WSN) is the only unique Women’s network that was established by women’s centres as an umbrella organisation to support community-based women’s centres, women’s groups and projects enabling them to deliver frontline services effectively and efficiently. WSN provides information, resources, training and direct support,

actively lobbying on key issues of childcare, education, funding, and representation. WSN collates the views of the centres/groups and their users informing policy development and articulates concerns to funders, government departments, statutory organisations and elected representatives on the key issues.

The charity’s classifications

  • The prevention or relief of poverty
  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of health or the saving of lives

Who the charity helps

  • Ex-offenders and prisoners
  • Parents
  • Unemployed/low income
  • Women

How the charity works

  • Advice/advocacy/information
  • Community development
  • Gender
  • Research/evaluation

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

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Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2019

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charitable purposes

The Company is established to relieve poverty, advance education and preserve and safeguard health among women in Northern Ireland and in particular the Greater Belfast area (hereinafter described as "the area of benefit"). The above objects are to be carried out without distinction based on age, gender, sexuality, nationality, ethnic origin, political or religious opinion.

Governing document

Memorandum and Articles

Other name

  • 6 Trustees
  • 4 Employees
  • 22 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Ms Karen Sweeney, Womens Support Network, 109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1FF

Trustee board

Ms Tanya Hughes
Ms Eleanor Jordan
Ms Renee Crawford
Ms Susan Mccrory
Ms Gay Sherry-Bingham
Mrs Isobel Laughran

List of regions

  • In Northern Ireland