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Our History

Established in 1979, Crossroads Derbyshire (previously Glossop Women’s Aid) has been supporting women and children suffering from domestic violence for more than 35 years.  We have recently started to support men in an Outreach capacity.


Our refuge was set up in 1983 and is leased from
High Peak Borough Council

Crossroads Derbyshire is affiliated to Women’s Aid
Federation England (WAFE) whose aims we share.

Select a date below, to view an historical event.

  • 2005


    The newly trained staff facilitated the first Freedom Programme course to local victims of domestic abuse.

  • 2006


    – Further funding from Derbyshire Supporting People team resulted in a staff restructure. A Services Manager and a part time refuge worker were appointed.

    – Derbyshire County Council Children’s and Younger Adults Department agreed to fund the children’s workers.

  • 2007


    – Social Care students on placement are accepted from Manchester Metropolitan University and Sheffield Hallam University

    – Lloyds TSB funded a Volunteer coordinator to provide accredited training to volunteers

    – A successful tender to Derbyshire County Council results in 3 year funding for the Child and Family Support workers and the provision of additional staff to deliver awareness training in schools.

  • 2008


    A successful tender to Derbyshire County Council results in 3 year funding for the Child and Family Support workers and the provision of additional staff to deliver awareness training in schools.

  • 2009


    30 Years of serving the High Peak 1979 – 2009

    Outreach Workers qualified as an IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor)

  • 2010


    The organisation changed its name to High Peak Women’s Aid to reflect the growth of the service to areas outside Glossop

  • 2011


    we were successful in obtaining 3 years funding from Children In need to provide pioneering group work for children and young people recovering from domestic abuse.

  • 2012


    – Received 3 years funding to provide specialist Me 2 group work to children.

    – Received 2 years funding to improve support to those living in more remote rural areas.

  • 2013


    – Opened new accommodation and Outreach support for girls and young women.
    – Won a Derbyshire County Council contract to deliver Targeted Domestic Abuse Services to Children and Young People.

    – Launched new website

  • 1979


    Glossop Women’s Aid formed

    GWA offered support by operating a help line via the Glossop Volunteer Bureau. If women and their children needed a safe space they were housed in volunteers’ own homes.

  • 1980


    The Management Committee applied to the Charity Commission to become a Registered Charity.

  • 1983


    The refuge opened, High Peak Borough Council agreed to lease a property and an Urban Aid grant financed the necessary alterations. Volunteers supported the families that came into the refuge.

  • 1995


    GWA succeeded in acquiring funding both from Derbyshire County Council for a part time Outreach Worker and for a part time Admin worker and from Children in Need for two Child Support Workers.

  • 1998


    The CAMEO Club (Come and Meet Each Other) was established.

  • 1999


    A National Lottery grant was awarded in for a refuge extension.

  • 1999


    The volunteer counselling service for women experiencing domestic abuse was established.

  • 2002


    Children’s Fund grant was received in to increase our aftercare support to Children.

  • 2003


    A new Outreach Office was established in separate from the refuge. This was renamed the Advice Centre in 2006 and funding was obtained to provide a private meeting room.

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If you or someone you know is affected by domestic abuse, Crossroads Derbyshire offers confidential advice and support in Glossop, the High Peak and the North Dales. If you need our help, or know someone who does, call us on 0800 0198 668.