About Us

Anawim became a registered charity in its own right on 1st April 2015 after being project under two charities Our Lady of Charity and Father Hudson's Society.

Our Lady of Charity (OLC)

Our Lady of Charity

OLC started the project back in 1986 with two sisters beginning the work reaching out to the sex workers on the streets of Balsall Heath. OLC is a Catholic congregation of sisters, founded in the 17th century concerned for the women caught up in prostitution. OLC still offer Anawim central support with budgets, finance, management accounts and assisting with financial planning and accountability for proper use of funds. OLC also provides a full time sister, Enda, who heads up the Counselling Service and Street Outreach work.

Father Hudson's Society (FHS)

Our Lady of Charity

FHS came on board to support OLC bringing their experience of running a regional social care voluntary agency delivering fostering, adoption services, services for older people, and adults, projects for people with disabilities and community projects of which Anawim were one. FHS still offer Anawim HR support with recruitment. Andy Quinn. the director of FHS is the Chair of Trustees for Anawim.

Our Staff

We have a team of 27 staff comprising a prison and outreach team, money advice specialist, an IDVA, family support worker, an early interventions team and a mental health team. The teams work primarily in the centre at Balsall Heath but also support women in the community when required. The prison and outreach team assist women in prison, hostels, on the street and in the community but will also encourage women to attend the Centre if they can benefit from the services it provides. All staff work closely with staff from multiple agencies both at the Centre and elsewhere, including tutors and probation and mental health practitioners. 


Jabbs Foundation Barrow Cadbury Big Lottery NHS EnglandBirmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust   Anawim is extremely grateful to its diverse range of funders who make the work possible.
We want to recognise all donations large and small as all mean such a lot to us, there is a full list of donors over the last 2 years up to April 2017 in our review
Currently the Jabbs Foundation support Dawn House and multiple & complex needs caseworkers.
Comic Relief support money advice & financial literacy

The Coutts foundation have been funding our core operations team for the last 2 years which includes operations managers, volunteer co-ordinator & admin. They support the course curriculum and deal with everything health & safety, maintenance and ensure the smooth running of the centre’

Barrow Cadbury support Joy to undertake some policy work and our part time user involvement worker
Oak Foundation are refunding us to employ 4 caseworkers to women with multiple & complex needs including mental health, sexual and domestic violence.
BIG Lottery support our prison in reach and street outreach work.
Police & crime commissioner funds our early intervention diversion New Chance
Home Office Transformation fund support the ASSIST programme

NHS England fund the Liaison & Diversion work in partnership with BSMHFT
As well as these large monetary donations we are fortunate enough to receive support from these corporate organisations
Comic ReliefOak Foundation Police & Crime Commissioner The Coutts Foundation Henry Smith Charity  
Big Yellow Sainsbury's LoungersGorilla Coffee CareJaguar Land Rover 
     Gowling WLG


Collaborative Working

Womens Breakout

Anawim is a member of Women's Breakout, the umbrella organisation for all the women's community projections nationally.

We are also a member of Clinks and CJ Alliance