1987 – A group of women began to meet regularly with the help of “The Children’s Society Community Project” with the overall aim of improving the quality of life for women in the area.
1990 – An opinion sampling was carried out to assess the need for a Women’s Centre.
1991 – The Wendy House was established on the Redcar Road East estate of South Bank.
1997 – Demand from women being so high, new premises were sought to expand the services. A major refurbishment took place to the then activities Centre building and “South-bank Women's Centre” was born serving women throughout the Tees Valley.
2008 – Name changed to “TeesValley women’s centre” to help engage with a wider
2010 – In partnership with NACRO (funded by the Big Lottery) the Women’s Centre became part of the “SWITCH” project who’s aim is to develop specialist community based support services for vulnerable women to promote confidence and progression by raising self-esteem and empowering women to achieve their goals, breaking down barriers and providing support to address their issues whilst promoting the value of education, training & employment.
2011 – TVWC was granted 2 year funding from The Corston Independent funders Coalition, to run “The Reaches Project” in partnership with DTVPT, this project aims to help reduce offending behavior of women, get them back into mainstream society, and improve their life skills.
2013 – The Reaches project funding ended in April 2013. Additional funding has since been secured to enable us to continue with the project as part of the Centres activities.
Tees Valley Women's Centre (formerly Southbank Women’s Centre) is a pioneering grass roots venture providing a one stop shop for women in a non threatening safe environment helping to support the well being of local women, improve their quality of life by supplying one to one support, advice & guidance, training, education and employment opportunities, to help tackle social exclusion, and signposting to outside agencies when necessary.