With incredible community support, the Women’s Centre continues to make a difference in the lives of women in Calgary.
From employed women who cannot afford bus tickets to get to work; to women requiring legal advice; to new immigrant women coming to our Practice English groups, we continue to support and connect women through our services.
We are providing basic needs assistance to women more than ever before. We are working to maintain a safe place for women to build community, to receive assistance and to help in return as they are able. And we are facilitating opportunities for women to address the underlying causes of the situations they deal with.
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- Responded to more than 44,881 contacts from women.
- Provided direct assistance with basic needs 17,425 times.
- Made 2,928 basic need referrals and advocacy calls.
- Provided workshops covering topics such as health & wellness, arts & crafts, and professional development with 3,459 attendees.
- Provided Legal Advice Clinics accessed 380 times.
- 360 women completed tax returns.
- Made 17,425 peer support, information and follow-up contacts.
- Welcomed 3,340 attendees to make social connections and build community.
- Welcomed women to use our computers and office equipment 3,854 times.
- 749 volunteers have supported the Centre with 22,481 hours of volunteer work.
- 96% of workshop participants report they learned something they wanted to know
- 97% of women using the Centre report they feel safe at the Women’s Centre
- 89% of women report they are treated with respect at the Women’s Centre
- 89% of women report feeling at home or having a sense of belonging at the Women’s Centre
- 88% of women coming to the Centre report they get support when they need it
- 81% of women met people at the Women’s Centre they would not normally meet
- 79% of women report they know more about women’s issues
- 83% of respondents said that being involved in the Women’s Centre helped them become more involved in the community
- 17% are Aboriginal, First Nations, Inuit or Métis
- 25% are immigrants and/or refugees
- 25% are visible minorities
- 6% are LGBTQIA2-S
- 16% are living with a disability
- 12% are seniors
- 7% are youth (under 25)
- 38% are living or have lived in poverty
- 27% are raising child(ren) or have raised child(ren) as a single parent
- 30% are experiencing or have experienced a violent relationship
- 10% are involved or have been involved in the criminal justice system
- 28% have or have had a chronic health issue
- 21% are, or have been, homeless or living in a shelter
- 35% are unemployed
- 9% are underemployed or have precarious employment
- 39% are single, divorced, or separated