Glasgow East Women’s Aid (GEWA) was originally established as Greater Easterhouse Women’s Aid in 1993 as part of Glasgow Women’s Aid. In 1995 the organisation became autonomous, operating as a community based collective with charitable status.GEWA evolved further in 2008 to become Glasgow East Women’s Aid and in 2010 they changed the legal form to operate as a Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable status. GEWA is also affiliated to Scottish Women’s Aid and adhere to the national Code of Practice and Service Provision.
In 2008 GEWA also moved to new premises offering accessible facilities with a dedicated training area to develop a range of programmes and events for service users, organisations and the local community. GEWA believes these changes demonstrate the ability to consistently move forward in response to the changing operating environment while continuing to provide the best service they can to women, children and young people.
The provision of this service has been funded from a variety of sources over the past 17 years including local and national funding through agencies and grants from charitable trusts. This strategy has ensured that GEWA continues to operate providing support, refuge and counselling to service users and training to agencies and individual
As GEWA enters a new decade of service provision with a revised operating structure, they have taken stock of the current position and planned the next phase of the development against an economic backdrop of scarce resources.
Their aim is the eradication of all forms of abuse towards women, children and young people and the structures that perpetuate them.
GEWA provides initial intervention & give information on services, legal rights, housing issues, benefit advice and on issues of concern for women
and young people
. They signpost to specialist agencies and provide support to women to facilitate access to services.
GEWA provides one to one counselling, support and refuge if needed. Any woman can get support whether or not accommodation is needed.
GEWA also runs support groups for women who are currently being or have been abused by their partner or ex-partner, and they have great plantwear
accessories for those who want to join the group. Support groups are self help groups which meet on a regular basis to enable women to recover from their experiences of abuse.
As well as providing direct services for women, children and young people, GEWA works with a wide range of partners, including health services, the police, social work services, education, housing providers and voluntary organisations, to provide a safer, more resource effective response to survivors of domestic abuse through both multi-agency work and training provision.