History & Development

Tyneside Women’s Health (TWH) was set up in 1985 to provide mental health support to women in a women-only environment. The driver for this commitment was the belief that gender inequality has a significantly negative impact on women’s wellbeing, and therefore providing a sensitive, therapeutic, female environment for women with mental health issues has potential to help maximise women’s recovery.

TWH became a registered charity in July 1987 and since that time has developed from a part time group with a project identity into a full time organisation with a head office and satellite centre. In 2008, the organisation became a Company Limited by Guarantee, (Company No. 06702528 registered in England) whilst retaining charitable status registered (Charity No. 1126648 registered in England and Wales). The Company was established under a Memorandum of Association, which established the objects and powers of the charitable company, and is governed under its Articles of Association.

In 2009 TWH became the recipients of two North East Women and Mental Health Awards for Recovery Focused Practice and Reducing Health Inequalities. In 2010 TWH was nominated and short listed for an award as Gateshead Voluntary Organisation of the Year.

Official Opening Kate, Chi, Jeannine &  Elaine Apr 11.jpgIn April 2011 TWH officially opened a centre in Newcastle in the Byker area.

This enabled the organisation to deliver services to women in Newcastle from its own premises without the need to regularly hire rooms at other community facilities when they were available, as was previously the case. In 2012 the Board of Trustees took the significant decision to move its Head Office and Gateshead Centre from Swinburne House in Gateshead to new premises at Half Moon Lane in Gateshead, a major development for the organisation going forward.

In November 2012 we moved from our long term base in Swinburne Street to new purpose built premises on Half Moon Lane.  We have now been at Half Moon Lane for almost two years and are very happy here!

In 2015, TWH turned 30!  We celebrated with an event on 10th July at Newcastle College.  We were lucky enough to have Chi Onwurah MP as a guest speaker as well as Trustees and staff, past and present.  The day was a huge success and will be remembered by all fondly.  DSC_6824.JPG

Lloyds Bank Foundation recognised us in their 2015 Charity Achievement Awards.  We were delighted to have been ‘Highly Commended’ in the Against the Odds category.  

We were really pleased to host a visit from all girl super group Little Mix in November 2013.  Little Mix came to highlight how Comic Relief funding is spent in the UK and spent the afternoon chatting with service users and even sang with our very own Positive Notes Singing Group!
Little Mix

 

As part of the Sport Relief campaign in March 2016, Vicky Pattison visited our Gateshead Centre to meet with women affected by domestic abuse.  Vicky spent time with women and heard their experiences of domestic abuse.  The visit was covered by BBC Look North and the Evening Chronicle.

Vicky Pattison