Five women from the Eve project pose with filming equipment as part of one of their skills workshopsEve is a project run by women to support other women, to help them overcome mental, physical or emotional illness. Their work helps many women who are dealing with childhood sexual abuse or domestic abuse in adulthood. 

Eve is now part of the Clean Slate umbrella, which provides services for women and men from nine years old and up who have experienced different forms of abuse.

Oxfordshire Community Foundation has supported their work with a series of grants.

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In 2009, the Eve project launched to address all of the issues that contribute to low self-esteem and isolation in women, including mental illness and depression, infertility, divorce, debt or bereavement. Importantly, Eve acknowledges that many women have been rejected by their family, neighbours and the wider community, perhaps because of the lifestyles they have chosen to deal with these problems. Eve’s service offers a completely non-judgmental space for them to find their voice and move forward.


Eve’s support workers adopt a five-point approach to helping women make progress, encompassing education; practical skills; listening and support; health and beauty; and mind and body. In the first three years, they saved five people’s lives and helped over 300 women, with referrals coming to the project directly from the local Health Service. They have also helped 50 women move on after years of domestic violence.


Since 2011, Eve has been awarded over £8,000 in OCF grants, several of which have come from the Jane MacTaggart Fund. During this period their income and impact have grown exponentially.

The grants were used for a variety of expenses to help Eve scale up its operation, including the provision of IT infrastructure to support distance learning and computer literacy training; professional trainers to provide workshops on self-esteem, empowerment and self-defence; and funding that assisted with their expansion into additional satellite outreach centres in Bicester, Banbury and Witney.

Nadia Brown, Clean Slate’s Project Manager, says: “Many survivors have told us that the workshops have saved their lives, and some have gone on to become volunteers themselves, or accessed paid work. Six ladies have done distance learning courses through the Open University, which has given them a completely refreshed perspective on life and opened up new opportunities.”

“Many survivors have told us that the workshops have saved their lives, and some have gone on to become volunteers themselves, or accessed paid work.”

Nadia Brown, Project Manager, Clean Slate

At a glance
  • Support group run by women to help other women
  • Non-judgmental service that provides vital support to women in crisis, giving them a voice
Social Themes
  • Women’s issues
  • Sexual and domestic abuse
  • Mental health
Benefits of working with OCF
  • Access to a series of grants that have helped them grow in size and reach, and have an ever-increasing impact
  • Patronage from one of OCF’s donors who believes passionately in their work
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