Research funding secured by leading social scientists to help vulnerable women in Birmingham

Under the leadership of Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of College of Social Sciences Professor Saul Becker and Co-Head of Department of Social Policy & Social Work, Dr Simon Pemberton, the School of Social Policy has recently received generous funding from the JABBS Foundation to conduct a four year research project with Anawim, a women’s centre in Birmingham providing holistic support to women across the city. The project will investigate whether providing on-site accommodation, alongside other service provision, significantly benefits women who have recently left prison. The project will produce several academic and practitioner outputs, and involve policy-makers throughout to demonstrateengagement for impact and an influence on government strategy.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to robustly evidence the outcomes of what we do. We already know from the lives of individual women we touch that our approach works, we know intrinsically that it saves money and we know it changes families and communities. However, this anecdotal knowledge is not sufficient to influence policy makers and commissioners.”

Joy Doal MBE, Chief Executive, Anawim

Anawim helps women who are damaged by destructive experiences to turn their lives around and face the future with hope and courage. It equips them with skills and confidence to change their lives for the better. This year the charity is celebrating 30 years of helping vulnerable women across the city and they are always looking for volunteers and donations to help them in their mission. If you would like to get involved by volunteering, donating items for the crisis accommodation, offering prizes for their auction or through financial support, please contact Or visit their website,, to learn more.

If you’d like to know more about this project please contact Andy Newnham, Business Engagement Partner for Social Sciences,