Act 4 Women is unique facility developed specifically to support women ex-offenders. The service provides fresh opportunities for women in Merseyside who are jobless, often homeless and have a criminal record to learn new skills and find employment. All ACT 4 Women participants receive comprehensive job-finding assistance.

A unique feature of ACT 4 Women service is the opportunity for some participants to receive special training and personal development support to enable them to be volunteer befrienders 'peer mentors' and work alongside our professional staff in delivering the service.

We believe that by working effectively with women, the benefits to the local community can be multiplied due to their particular roles within families.

In building women's strengths and assets our work can reduce social isolation, improve parenting and family life in general. this reduces the damaging impact of social exclusion and promotes better opportunities for children.

Peer Mentors are key members of the ACT 4 Women team. They will pass on valuable life skills, learning, advice and advocacy support to other women ex-offenders at risk of re offending and those struggling to adapt to life on the outside.

The process of peer mentoring enhancing confidence and self-esteem for both parties and builds connections across communities.

This service extends Apex's work in Merseyside by creating a unique facility developed specifically to support women ex-offenders.

To find out more about the ACT 4 Women project contact the ST Helens office on 01744 612 898 or email

ACT 4 Women, Mersyside is a multi-funded project, receiving 3 years funding from July 2014 - June 2017 through the Big Lottery - Reaching Communities Fund. Our additional supporters and funders include John Moores Foundation, The Noel Buxton Trust, The Quadrant Group.