Derry Well Women is a not-for-profit registered charity, which aims to improve the health and well-being of women, families and communities in the North West. We do this by offering holistic care for women’s physical, mental and emotional health, with services ranging from clinics and support groups, to classes, courses and specialised programmes.
We are also at the forefront of campaigning and raising awareness on women’s health issues, effecting change in health policy and practice and giving a voice to women facing social exclusion, isolation and health inequality.
Derry Well Women was founded in 1989 by a group of local women who wanted to provide alternative health services to women in the north west, which met their wider health and social care needs and which filled gaps in existing local services. Read more about our history here.
Derry Well Women’s mission is to identify and address the health and social care needs of women of all ages from the North West of Ireland.
We deliver on this mission firstly by providing a wide range of quality services based exclusively on meeting women’s needs, using teams of health and social care professionals, in a safe, secure and relaxing environment. Secondly, we campaign for and contribute to changes in health care policy and practice. Thirdly, we embrace the Health for All principles of equality, participation, empowerment and partnerships in achieving improved health and well-being for women, and work in partnership with a range of agencies and community bodies.
We pride ourselves on running a centre of excellence and to have the respect of GPs and health professionals in the region, who refer most of our clients. We have also been delighted to have our work recognised by several awards, including the The King’s Fund ‘Community Health Impact Award’ in 2000 and 2009, the “Change a Little, Change a Lot” Silver Award for Disability Awareness in 2013, and in 1997, the HSS Executive Citizens’ Charter Award for the Development of a Cancer Charter.