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Our Women's Group is a safe, welcoming space for homeless and vulnerably housed self-identifying women.

The Women's Group takes place every Tuesday, 3 - 5pm, at Chelsea Methodist Church, 155A King's Road, London, SW3 5TX. 

Since the Women's Group launched in April 2016, women guests have been able to come together and relax: sharing tea, biscuits, activities and their own experiences, safe in the knowledge that this is a women-only space.

There, you can:

  • Participate in arts and crafts activities
  • Relax in a women-only space
  • Share hot drinks and snacks
  • Speak to women caseworkers for advice and support
  • Access a clothing bank, toiletries, and showers

You don't need to register in advance or be there at a specific time. 

Any questions? Call us on: 020 7351 4948

Take a look at artwork made by the Women's Group guests

The first time the group got together, “it was quite emotional” recounts Anna Yassin, a Glass Door caseworker involved in the project.  Women from all ages and backgrounds are welcome, and the group not only share experiences but also swap advice on where to find resources like safe hostels.  

Anna points out:

It was extraordinary to see the benefit this safe space created and truly highlighted the value of the project

“Women’s triggers and experiences of homelessness are distinct from men’s,” says Anna.  “There are higher levels of mental health problems among women who are rough sleeping, and they are more vulnerable to sexual violence. The women’s group provides a temporary respite."

One of the regular members of the group says: "I used to own a house, used to pay mortgage and pay my bills, I never thought I would end up on the street." She adds: 

Here, I can take a shower without having to make my way through a crowded hall of men. And we can get toiletries and clothes and speak to the other women. It helps me keep my spirits up. 

Guest testimonies

“I only feel safe in women only spaces. I access day centres only out of necessity if I need to use a shower or do laundry, but will avoid them otherwise, and would rather stay outside because I doesn’t feel safe in an environment around so many men. Spaces like this are very important to me for this reason,  and provide a bit of respite from my current situation.”

I come here to have somewhere to recuperate. It's somewhere quiet to be.

One guest has been coming to the group for several years, because it is a space she can turn to when she needs it. She says, "I get to work with Gemma (a Glass Door caseworker) on sorting things out."

Another guest talks about how the group is important as a safe space for people who are vulnerable. She says:

I know how to keep myself strong and heal myself, but I worry for those who can't.