Update from the Angelou Centre

All of our services are still operational we are working remotely and onsite, following public health advice and social distancing measures.  We are still taking referrals for our violence against women services and recruiting learners for our online training and activities. Our emergency refuge accommodation remains open but we are currently full.

We have temporarily suspended all activities that involve onsite face to face gatherings of people.

We would like to thank all of our funders for their ongoing support and a special thank you to the Martin Lewis Relief fund  #martinlewiscoronafund 

and Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner for their recent grants to fund our food, hygiene and tech banks for the women and children we support who are destitute or have no recourse to funds.

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the black and minoritised women and children we support, particularly the women and children we work with who:

Have no recourse to public funds;

Are survivors of domestic and sexual violence;

Live in insecure or unsafe accommodation;

Have underlying health/mental health conditions;

Are elderly and isolated;

Have disabilities or learning differences.

The toll that this virus has taken on the wellbeing, socio-economic stability and safety of black and minority women is immense. Please be reassured that the Angelou Centre is planning ahead and continuing to provide vital support services as we recognise that our response to this pandemic needs to be both immediate and long term.

We will continue to monitor the situation regularly and will let you know if our plans change in line with national public health guidance. We thank you for your co-operation, understanding and support.

You can still contact us on our usual phone number, 0191 2260394, but would recommend email if you are an agency.

If you wish to make a general enquiry please contact:


For our violence against women and girl’s services including advocacy and refuge support:


Please follow this link to access safety information and support if you are a victim/survivor of domestic and sexual violence or abuse.

Additionally, this link will take you to our Twitter page for the latest updates on our services.

Training & Development:

We are still recruiting women learners for our online and webinar courses. We are also providing one to one support to enable women to fully participate in online learning. We continue to deliver a range of training courses online and via webinars. For further information please email:


Support for Women and their Children:

We are still supporting women and their children through our therapeutic, group work and online creative activities. Specialist parenting training is ongoing. We have set up a number of online resources for children and parents, including arts based activities for women and children to participate in. Unfortunately, following public health guidance, our mobile and onsite crèche services are temporarily suspended. For further information please email:


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