CoLab Exeter Resilient Women Programme has been in existence since 2017 and supports women across a range of issues, including involvement in the justice system, mental health, homelessness, domestic and sexual violence and abuse and financial support.
Our aim is to enable women to become more resilient for their futures and to work with what’s strong, not what’s wrong. We take a trauma-informed approach to our work, supporting women to regain their identity and to build self-esteem and confidence.
From March 2020 - February 2021 we supported 138 women across 2740 contacts, enabling women to remain connected and supported through creating a range of online activities and more recently, through working in small, socially distanced groups
Earlier this year some of our women’s project members took part in a short filming session, talking about the project and the impact being part of it has had on them. This short film shares the stories of how they came to be involved with the group, the ways it has helped them improve their resilience and wellbeing, and what their plans are for the future...
The Resilient Women Programme was shortlisted for the Howard League for Penal Reform Community Awards 2020. In this short film Programme Manager Jeanie Lynch gives an overview of the projects that have been running and the impact of this work during the current pandemic and lockdown period.
Back to projects
Working for a project about resilience shaped my aims during this pandemic.
Those of us who attend The Resilient Women Group suddenly found ourselves in a practical test of our namesake. Through groups we’re getting to share our weird and beautiful lives with one another in new ways. I’ve got to see women who haven’t met each other before this, virtually find connection and bond, there is kindness, encouragement, vulnerability and playfulness in our conversations.
It looks like we’re having a big party when this is all over to quite rightly congratulate ourselves, one of the things I’m most looking forward to is getting to see people who have shared their lives whilst going through something really big together, meet for the first time in person, I imagine bold hugs and real smiles as we celebrate one another, mourn those we have lost and didn’t get to say goodbye to, share stories of the things that came out of the pandemic that we continue to use as we found something really useful.
Feeling clear headed and equipped about going forward.
I’m seeing a group of women form a tribe, that gathers and walks alongside one another, sharing momentum, and I look forward to celebrating that at our graduation.
Kate - Criminal Justice Support Worker