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About Black Country Women’s Aid

Black Country Women’s Aid (formerly known as Sandwell Women’s Aid) is an independent charity which has supported survivors of abuse and exploitation in the West Midlands for 30 years.

Our sensitive and holistic support helps over 8000 victims of abuse each year to escape from violence, cope with trauma and rebuild their lives. We believe that no-one should have to live in fear of violence and abuse. We listen, we support, we care.

BCWA won Investors in People’s One to Watch Award and the Black Country Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year in 2015. BCWA was nominated for a Human Trafficking Foundation Award in 2017 for our outstanding contribution to the fight against modern slavery.

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What we do

Our diverse range of services include: domestic abuse refuge and community support; rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse support; forced marriage and honour based violence support; children and young people’s services; therapeutic services; and support for female offenders and women with complex needs.

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BCWA Locations

BCWA offers a range of services for survivors of abuse in the West Midlands. These are based in our four welcoming Cedar Centres across the region. Please click the links below to find out about services in your area.

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Our team

BCWA’s services are headed up by a management team with a diverse range of skills and experience, working together to ensure that victims of abuse get the best support.

Amy Colbourne

Women and Children's Justice Manager

Amy joined BCWA in 2016. She worked for the Probation service for 8 years and worked on the Mariposa Project as an administrator. Amy has 12 years experience of working within the criminal justice system, 6 of which have been dedicated to working with women in the criminal justice system.

Amy joined BCWA as a Women’s Justice Worker, then promoted to senior and now manages the Women and Children’s Justice services.

Jennifer Lumsden-Gordon

Head of Therapeutic Services

Jennifer manages BCWA’s Therapeutic Services which offer counselling, art therapy and other therapeutic solutions to survivors.

Jennifer is also an in-demand trainer across the West Midlands for her in-depth of knowledge of sexual violence, modern slavery, trauma, and the criminal justice system.

Chereene Love

Head of Accommodation Services

Chereene is our Head of Accommodation Services, leading on our provision of refuge in Sandwell for survivors of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and honour based violence.

Chereene works in partnership with agencies across the borough, including the local authority, to safeguard vulnerable families, and she contributes to various local strategies on homelessness, crime prevention and domestic abuse.

Chereene joined BCWA in 2007 and before becoming a head of service, she worked across our refuges and Sandwell Multi–Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). Chereene has also led on establishing new projects and partnerships, which include BCWA’s Modern Day Slavery Services, specialising in BAME support and immigration advocacy. She has also managed a number of specialist projects funded by the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government to address pressures on services helping society’s most vulnerable.

Chereene also has an NVQ level 5 in Health and Social Care Management.

Raj Thind

Head of Domestic Abuse Services

Raj heads up our Domestic Abuse Services across the region, managing a team of 32 staff and embedding BCWA within strategic approaches to combat domestic abuse and support victims. Raj chairs Sandwell ODOC (one day one conversation), Dudley Domestic Abuse Forum and assists in chairing MARACs in Sandwell, Dudley and Walsall.

Raj initially joined BCWA as an IDVA and in her time with us has pioneered several new areas of service. She was the first Court IDVA in Sandwell, successfully developing effective partnerships within the courts. She then became the first IDVA in Sandwell’s new Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), one of the few voluntary sector professionals to become an integral part of a MASH anywhere in the country.

Raj’s breadth of experience makes her an in-demand trainer and she delivers several of our courses for professionals across the region.

Baldish Sohal

Head of Modern Slavery Support Services

Baldish manages BCWA’s Modern Slavery Support Services which operate across the West Midlands. She works with strategic partners including the Human Trafficking Foundation and the West Midlands Anti Trafficking Network, to integrate and improve services for survivors. Baldish also sits on the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s Victims Commission representing the issue of Modern Slavery.

Baldish is a registered Social Worker and has been with BCWA since 2010, Before becoming Head of Service she worked across our refuge and outreach service specialising in BAMER support, immigration advocacy and human trafficking.

Baldish is trained to PTTLS (Certificate in Education and Training) Level 4, and mentors Social Work students at BCWA.

Kathleen Collier

Head of Learning and Employee Development

Kathleen joined BCWA in 2014 and has developed our Women’s Justice Services from their origins as a programme for women on Probation in Sandwell, to the array of services we offer today, working with partners such as the OPCC, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust, and Staffordshire and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company.

Kathleen qualified as a social worker, and has previously worked in domestic violence services in refuge, outreach, as an IDVA, and in drug and drug and alcohol services for women in custody.

Annual Reports

Our annual reports are our chance to look back and review our year – celebrating stories of survival from people we have supported and our achievements working with partners and funders.

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