WomenMATTA is a Women’s Centre in Manchester that provides holistic support to women affected by the criminal justice system and to those at risk.

The Centre provides women with a safe and homely space in which to access gender-specialist support services. It is a ‘one-stop-shop’ offering group work, one-to-one and counselling supporting women around:

– Domestic Abuse/Sexual Abuse
– Mental health
– Substance Misuse and Alcohol Addiction
– Debt or Money Issues
– Parenting Support
– Housing and Homelessness
– Education and Employment
– General Emotional Well-Being and Physical Well-Being

The Centre has a clothing bank and IT access. As well as support services it is also a creative and community space offering drama and art workshops, theatre trips, a gardening project and more!

Services offered by this centre

Resources for women

Opening Hours

Day Hours
Monday10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday10:00 - 16:00
Thursday10:00 - 16:00
Friday10:00 - 16:00

Contact Information

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Referral Information

WomenMATTA primarily takes referrals from police, probation and prisons
• Police – WomenMATTA take referrals from police under their ‘Triage’ scheme. Triage is a partnership between Greater Manchester police and WomenMATTA based on the idea that giving a women support is more affective at stopping her reoffending, then giving her a criminal record. Women who meet the criteria are referred when they arrested, and instead of being charged, they may be given a conditional caution to engage with WomenMATTA. Women can also be referred voluntarily by police, or more commonly NHS employed ‘Liaison and Diversion’ staff based in custody suites.

• Probation – probation is now divided into 2 separate bodies; the Community Rehabilitation Company, or ‘CRC’, who manage low and medium risk offenders and the National Probation Service, or ‘NPS’ who manage high risk offenders. WomenMATTA co-deliver multi agency ‘Women’s Hub’s with the CRC for all women serving community orders where women serving community orders can see their probation office, WomenMATTA worker and various other agencies at the same time.

• Prison – Women in Prison employs 2 Prison Link Workers who are based at HMP Styal. They provide ‘Through the Gate’ support to women leaving prison and returning to Greater Manchester. This involves providing support prior to release, collected women on the day of their release, and supporting them to settle back into their community, including referring and linking them in to WomenMATTA (or other women’s services in other areas of Greater Manchester).

Please download the relevant referral from below and return to the above referrals email. All women referred are required to have a needs assessment before being allocated to a project worker.

Referrals Offered:

  • This centre does not offer Booking referrals
  • This centre does not offer Drop-in referrals
  • This centre offers Electronic referrals
  • This centre does not offer Other – See referral information referrals

Referrals Email Address:
[email protected]

Referrals Telephone Number:
0161 232 1778