Women Together

IMPORTANT:  All Women Together groups have been suspended due to the COVID-19 emergency.


I hope you are all bearing up during the COVID-19 crisis. I know it is a very difficult time for so many reasons, not least because of the illness itself.

Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our service users and staff. The Women Together (WT) face-to-face meetings that were held on Mondays and Thursdays were suspended on 16th March due to the crisis. We identified that many organisations with specialist expertise are now providing online and telephone support to vulnerable women and we are keen to introduce WT service users to these services. Also we were pleased to see that service users have created private social media groups to keep in touch independently of WT, and we encourage use of these to stay in contact.


Due to the suspension of the WT groups, both part-time WT employees have been placed on the government furlough scheme. The scheme covers 80% of salaries and TK has topped this up to 100% to minimise hardship. Unfortunately the rules of the furlough scheme prevent employees from performing any services work, so Jenny and her team are no longer accessing WT messages or providing support. However, the Hope Centre team are handling WT support needs in the meantime.


The WT phone line and email address remain operational and we will be checking and responding to any messages during weekdays (Monday to Friday). In addition, we have published details of specialist support services (see boxes on this page), many of which operate on extended hours, and all of which provide online and telephone support options during the crisis.


If you are in immediate danger or need urgent support, please see https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/urgent-support/.


God Bless you. Take care, stay well.

Gill Dean, General Manager

Details of our services:

Women Together meetings have been suspended due to the COVID-19 emergency but  the Women Together service remains open for support. 


Call:      07503 416576
Email:   womentogether@talithakoum.org.uk
Leave a message and these will be checked and responded to daily (Monday to Friday).
Other support groups now also operate online:

Turning Point: 01473 220240 or 0300 123 0872

Turning Point:  turning-point.co.uk/suffolk/
AA:         www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
NA:         www.ukna.org
SMART: www.smartrecovery.org.uk

Suffolk Rape Crisis: www.srchelp.org.uk

In addition, Every Mind Matters​ has now released expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak. It also includes guidance if you’re feeling worried or anxious about the outbreak or more generally plus  Urgent Crisis Support.

In an emergency, dial 999

In a life-threatening emergency, phone the emergency services and ask for an ambulance. 

When to call 999


CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason. 

Call 0800 58 58 58

(daily, 5pm to midnight)

Free, anonymous 

webchat with trained staff or

Visit the CALM website

Urgent, non-emergency medical advice


If you need help urgently but are not at risk of death or serious illness, use the NHS 111 non-emergency advice online.

NHS 111 advice online

Free 24-hour listening support

When life is tough, Samaritans are here to listen at any time of the day or night. You can talk to them about anything that's troubling you, no matter how difficult.

Call free on 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website

Shout offers confidential 24/7 crisis text support for times when you need immediate assistance.

Text "SHOUT" to 85258 or visit Shout Crisis Text Line


Emails checked Mon & Wed 1-3pm

Call: 07503 416576

Messages checked Mon & Wed 1-3pm

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Talitha Koum Community Ltd

The Hope Centre

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Ipswich  IP6 9JE


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