What is Chrysalis? 

Research has shown that women in the Criminal Justice System can often feel isolated and disengaged from their local communities, due to feelings of shame, low self-esteem or personal and social problems. Sometimes they have poor problem solving skills and can struggle to think positively about their future. The women-only Chrysalis service, delivered in Shropshire and Herefordshire and funded by Smallwood Trust, seeks to enable and empower women and their families to overcome disadvantage, inequality and poverty whilst increasing financial resilience.

Where is Chrysalis delivered?

Chrysalis is delivered in Shropshire, Telford and Herefordshire.  

How does Chrysalis help?

Experience has shown us that sitting at a desk and signposting services to the service user doesn’t work. Our Chrysalis service worker and volunteers go out into the community and meet the women referred to us in their homes and local venues. We meet them and their families at times that suit them, including evening and weekends if necessary. The support plans we put in place are important, but so is the time we offer for a cup of tea and a bit of offloading. Our intention is to prepare women to be resilient and independent rather than create co-dependency.

Discretionary Fund

We are also able to financially help some of the women we support through our Smallwood Trust discretionary fund. This funding enables us to assist women who are facing financial hardship and need to buy essential items such as white goods, or food, or to help pay their electricity or gas bills, or even plug a rent shortfall. These funds are vital for helping women out of crisis and giving them the opportunity, and ability, to turn their lives around.  

What difference does Chrysalis make?

In the first three months of this service we received 17 referrals, which was almost double what we had targeted, and we continue to receive referrals.

Hear what real people have to say:

All of my needs are being met. I finally have someone who is helping me fight the battle I’ve been fighting for over 20 years now.

It’s getting the continued support for as long as I need it – not for it to finish at four months. You can’t help us sort our problems in two months or four months as we have had these problems for many years.

Friendly, knowledgeable staff who are contactable, available, flexible, with a wide range of experiences so they can answer your questions and sort your problems. Good we can have phone contact if I am not up to seeing someone.

Make a referral

If you'd like to make a referral or find out more about Chrysalis, please contact [email protected] or call 07585 400 786.