WHAG began life as Rochdale Women’s Housing Aid Group in 1981. Our aim was to provide affordable supported accommodation to homeless women aged 16-65.
At the time, there was no housing for homeless and vulnerable women in Rochdale. The only homeless accommodation available was for single men, or women who were victims of domestic abuse.
Rose Sumner, WHAG’s founder, set up a hostel on the Cloverhall Estate. This offered shared accommodation for homeless women.
In 1996, working in partnership with St Vincent’s Housing Association and Rochdale Council, WHAG moved to Rose Court in Castleton. This meant we could provide 16 flats for vulnerable homeless women. They are all self-contained one bedroom flats, with their own kitchens and bathrooms. One flat has extra adaptations so it is more suitable for disabled people. There are also support workers,support clients to develop the skills and resources to find and keep tenancies when they leave the project.
WHAG also began to look at wider opportunities to support people in their communities. This led to us offering outreach and floating support services, and bidding successfully to run domestic abuse services in Rochdale, Bury and Cheshire West and Chester.
Over the years, we have offered a range of projects including specialist services for black and minority ethnic clients, support for men who are victims of domestic abuse, training and workshops, and refuge services.
You can read about our current projects and services here