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Collaborative Women UK is a housing and training organisation based in Greater Manchester. We primarily help young women aged 18 to 26 years old who are at risk of homelessness. Often due to fleeing domestic violence, crime and abuse.

Being trapped in such circumstances can have devastating effects; leaving long-term damage both physically and emotionally. Such hardship will always leave its mark whether it be in the form of physical injury, loss of money and property, or mental trauma as a result of the isolation, fear, loneliness and despair that results from prolonged abuse.

If you feel trapped in such a situation Collaborative Women UK can support you by providing shelter and support. And by following our pathway we will lead you from crisis to freedom, autonomy and  independence.

We provide safe, affordable living environments along with a bespoke life skills training programme that empowers women at risk of homelessness and we assist each individual woman in forging their own self-sufficient futures. Our aim being to break the cycle of violence and abuse.

Accessing our services

Through our partner agencies

 We work in partnership with various local agencies as well as Women’s Aid and Refuges nationally and many places will refer those we can help directly to us.


If you wish to contact us directly to find out about self-referral you can get in touch with us here and we can guide you through the process.

Referral procedure

  • Application assessment
  • Interview
  • Telephone – subject to completed documentation
  • No Emergency Referrals

Client group

  • 18 to 26 years
  • Women from all backgrounds. Many of the women we help are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities but this is by no means exclusively
  • Women in need of housing but you should also be actively engaged in employment or have the will and wish to engage in employment, education and training

Please note we are NOT able to accommodate: 

  • Schedule 1 Offenders
  • Women with a history of arson and/or conviction relating to possession of an offensive weapon
  • Women living a chaotic lifestyle of substance abuse e.g. alcohol, drugs and/or prescriptive medication in excess
  • Women with Children (this is due to the accommodation arrangements and level of support currently in place)
  • Pregnant women
Please see our alternative help section below for options on where else you can get support if you are in need of assistance and do not meet our criteria.

Alternative Help

Police Emergency
Domestic Abuse Helpline  
  0161 636 7525
24 Hour National Domestic Violence
  0808 2000 247
Broken Rainbow UK
  0845 2605560
(Support for LGBT people experiencing domestic violence)

Men of any age can be victims of domestic violence or abuse, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. 

Men’s Advice Line
  0808 801 0327
  01823 334 244 
  0808 802 4040

For forced marriage and ‘honour’ crimes

Karma Nirvana
  0800 5999 247
The Forced Marriage Unit
  020 7008 0151
If you have experienced FGM then there are services you can contact for support, you can find them here.