Renew Plus: An Independent Academic Evaluation

Harris, Lyndsey (2022) Renew Plus: An Independent Academic Evaluation. Technical Report. University of Lincoln, Lincoln.

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Re-energised Networked and Empowered Women (Renew Plus) was a project designed and delivered by Nottingham Women’s Centre (NWC) and funded by Reaching Communities Big Lottery Fund for 3 years (between 1st June 2018 – 31st May 2021). Renew Plus was designed to address the needs of women who have mental health issues and are unable or unwilling to access treatment and support through mainstream provision. A multi-method evaluation was undertaken to explore:
• The effectiveness of Renew Plus in improving outcomes for women.
• An identification of performance measures, which include establishing what success looks like from a range of perspectives. In particular, the evaluation sought to understand the experiences of NWC Management Team; NWC Renew Plus Counselling Service including placement counsellors/volunteers; and Women who have accessed support.
• Women’s previous experiences of accessing primary and secondary mental health
services.
•A benchmarking of Renew Plus against best practice nationally/locally

The evaluation concluded that long-term counselling in a women-only environment, particularly for socially disempowered women, may be beneficial. Renew Plus met all of the funded project outcomes and offered a model for the upskilling of placement counsellors and empowering women to have a better understanding of themselves and be able to make their own decisions and grow in confidence.

Keywords:Women, Therapeutic Counselling, partnership working
Subjects:L Social studies > L321 Women's Studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:50083
Deposited On:26 Jul 2022 08:00

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