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WHAG Research

Over the past 10 years WHAG has commissioned and carried out a number of pieces of research.

WHAG has carried out or been involved in a number of pieces of research.

In 2000, we investigated the housing and support needs of women living in the Borough of Rochdale.  This research was carried out by Salford University.  WHAG extended this to look particularly into the housing and support needs of Women from the BME communities, and produced a report in 2005.  In 2005 the BME Project also produced a piece of research which highlighted the barriers faced by BME women when accessing housing and support. The aim, objectives, and key findings of the research are detailed as follows:


 To highlight the housing and support needs of women from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Groups in the Borough of Rochdale.


  • To identify gaps in housing provision for BME women;
  • To identify the barriers that may prevent BME women accessing housing;
  • To look at ways of making housing provision more accessible to BME women;
  • To evaluate the continuing need for the provision of support services to enable BME women to access and maintain appropriate housing.

Key Findings of the Research

  • Availability of accommodation
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Barriers to Accessing Housing
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Supported Accommodation for BME Women


The research was compiled into a comprehensive report, within which various recommendations were made. From the research we were able to develop a project that was dedicated to the needs of BME women. The service employed two skilled workers who had the knowledge and insight of the cultural, religious and bi-lingual needs of BME women. Unfortunately due to funding cuts this project is no longer a standalone project, but we do continue to use and expand on what we learnt from the research.