The Imkaan and Women’s Aid Sustainability Partnership

The Imkaan and Women’s Aid Sustainability Partnership: Sustaining Dedicated and Speciality Services has been generously supported by the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales since November 2015.

The Sustainability Partnership between Women’s Aid and Imkaan offers training and support to build the resilience of independent specialist domestic violence services at a time of serious threats to services and severe hardship for the most marginalised and vulnerable.

The Partnership supports dedicated local women’s and BME women’s services responding to violence against women and girls (VAWG) that are under threat across England.

The Manager of Member Support Services and three Regional Development Officers take responsibility for work in the North, the Midlands and the South of England. A Membership and Sustainability Coordinator at Imkaan leads work with specialist BME services across the country.

Support measures include:

  • Individual support to services at risk of losing their funding
  • Support with consortia or other partnership arrangements between local organisations to protect specialisms, enable successful bidding for contracts and provide a collective voice in strategic arenas
  • Support to commissioners to promote effective commissioning of local services reflecting survivors’ voices
  • Support organisations to demonstrate their quality and evidence their impact and outcomes
  • Bank of resources to support to organisations in quality assurance and tendering processes, including template policies and examples of good practice

To find out more about the project or to refer your organisation for individual support, please read our Allocation of Support Policy and complete the online Referral Form or contact Janet McDermott: [email protected]

Allocation of Support Policy Referral Form 

The National Quality Framework

As part of the Capacity Building Partnership, Imkaan and Women’s Aid have worked together to develop the National Quality Framework, a suite of tools and resources to help member services to evidence their impact, demonstrate their quality and articulate the specialist nature of their work to funders and commissioners.  

The National Quality Framework includes:

On Track: The Women's Aid Outcome Measurement System

The Women’s Aid Outcome Measurement System which supports member services to evidence their impact.

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The Imkaan Accredited Quality Standards

The Imkaan Accredited Quality Standards, which supports specialist services working with black and minority ethnic (BME) women and girls to evidence their impact.  

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The Women’s Aid Federation of England National Quality Standards

The Women’s Aid Federation of England National Quality Standards offer a quality kite mark to independent specialist member services. 

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Successful Commissioning guide

Also available:

Successful commissioning: a guide for commissioning services that support women and children survivors of violence.

Through the Sustainability Partnership, Women’s Aid and Imkaan have created a free guide, designed to support public sector staff responsible for commissioning services for women and children experiencing and fleeing domestic violence.

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Women’s Aid is a registered charity in England No. 1054154

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