What We Do:

WomenMATTA provide an intensive, holistic support service to women at risk of offending, women at risk of receiving custodial sentences and women who are released from custody after serving a sentence of less than 6 months.

We run a free drop in every Friday 1-4 where we provide a hot lunch, practical support (eg help with housing, benefits etc) and run a different activity each week. This is open to all women (18+) whether or not they are in the criminal justice system. The drop in is held at the Pankhurst Centre, 60-62 Nelson Street, Chorlton on Medlock, Manchester M13 9WP (in the MRI complex).

For more information please contact us on 0161 832 6544.

If you have anything you'd like to say or you would like to guest blog for us please let us know in the comments box or contact us (number above.)

Happy reading!

Last week at the drop in...

If variety is indeed the spice of life the drop in on Friday was particularly...spicy? 

We had not one, not two, but three different activities. 

We took our pick between flower arranging, jewellery making and a session on sexual health by the Hathersage clinic.

If you missed it and feel like you missed out... don't worry! All three sessions will be back (by popular demand) - so just watch this space to find out when or give us a call on 0161 8326544.

See you soon!

Interflora's got nothing on us

WomenMATTA hits the headlines!

We're extremely proud to announce that WomenMATTA have been named and acclaimed in this fantastic article in the Observer this week:


Huge thank you to everyone who shared their experiences and gave an insight into what it's like to be a woman in the criminal justice system - this article really couldn't have been written without you all.

So have a look and let us know your thoughts or maybe even your stories - we'd love to hear from you.

Happy Holidays!!

Iiiiiiitttt's Chriiiiiiiiiiistmaaaaaaaaaasssss!!

Now, I'm not sure if you've noticed but a little thing called Christmas is just around the corner!

WomenMATTA are having a Christmas drop in this Friday (the 21st December) where there will be festive treats, including hot food, games and prizes!

Having been to one or two drop ins myself, I'm sure there will also be carols sung and a lot of laughs had.

Not forgetting that practical support and a creche are also available!

Creche places need to be booked in advance. To book please call 0161 273 1518.

Look forward to seeing you soon,


Lavender Bag Making at the Drop in

Hello I'm Jenna, a student on placement at WomenMATTA.  I am in my third and final year at university studying Youth and Community work. I'm in my 5th week of placement and having a fantastic time, meeting new people and learning a lot!

I will be writing the blog this week which is very exciting. Hope you enjoy it!

Friday 23rd November.
This week one of the lovely gardeners at The Pankhurst Centre came in and showed us how things are done when it comes to lavender bag making! I for one enjoy anything that involves a good old chat and the colour purple. We had a variety of fabric to choose from, sewing needles, cotton and of course lots of lavender :)

Who knew there could be so many different ways to make a lavender bag?!

We also had a hot meal made by one of our volunteers which was delicious. Nothing like a good, wholesome meal to keep you going through these short winter days.

If you haven't been to one of our drop ins yet do feel free to come down between 1pm and 4pm every Friday. Food is served at 1pm and the activity for the week will be at 2pm.

Hope to see you soon,


Pampering at the drop in

We decided that with winter coming on we deserved a bit of a treat, so this week at the drop in we were all about pampering ourselves. We had manicures, hand massages and drop in appointments with our fabulous in-house homeopathist who helped us with anything from winter sniffles to on-going physical and mental health issues. 

It was good to discover how many budding beauticians we have in our midst! Loads of us got involved in primping and being primped, makeovers, hair styling, getting creative with the nail varnish and hand massaging. All in all we had a little spot of luxury in a cold wet week - and left just that little bit more glam than we arrived...