In a detailed and comprehensive needs assessment, key issues and priorities are identified by the woman and a support plan developed in conjunction with a key worker. Regular reviews together with support and monitoring is used to ensure that a woman’s goals and targets are always appropriate.
The Community Action Center for Women Empowerment uses an outcomes management model to help a woman measure her own progress with an outcomes star chart and model of change charting her progressive journey through Asha services. All relevant staff have received training from Triangle Consultancy who developed this model of working.
In a safe, positive and supportive environment, the variety of courses and learning opportunities on offer help a woman learn new skills, develop as an individual and realise their potential. In order to provide flexibility of accessibility some courses are non-accredited and open for any woman to attend at any time. Others offer a woman the opportunity to gain National Open College Network (NOCN) credits at Entry Level, Levels 1 or 2.
Asha offers a variety of services to women, including:
An essential element of the Centre is allowing women to be involved in the Centre through opportunities to volunteer and to be involved in our peer mentoring scheme. Services users formed a group called Friends of Asha in 2012 to enable women to be involved in sustaining and developing services at Asha. The group is made up of current and former service users all of whom support Asha through fundraising events, networking locally with other organizations and providing a forum for service users to have a voice.