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Promotion of Health, Opportunity
Equality, Benevolence & Empowerment
for black and ethnic minority
women and children

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Welcome to Phoebe

Established in 2008, P.H.O.E.B.E is an Ipswich-based registered charity that offers specialist advice, information, casework, advocacy and support and counselling services to black and ethnic minority women and children. P.H.O.E.B.E (Promotion of Health, Opportunity, Equality, Benevolence and Empowerment) promotes greater a greater number of black and ethnic minority women and children to receive domestic abuse support and counselling services across Suffolk. Our women's charity was formerly known as the Zimbabwe Women's Resource Centre


What we do

Help for BME Women fleeing domestic violence

At PHOEBE we educate women about their rights within an abusive relationship and support women to live free from violence by assisting them to access safe temporary accommodation, help applying for visas in their own name with the Home Office, domestic violence counselling, help within the courts and support to resettle and live independent lives. Please call us if you need help.

Free Legal Advice Surgeries for Family Law

PHOEBE offers free surgeries for all women who need legal advice on family law matters, such as those facing separation, wanting to start divorce proceedings, child contact arrangements or other family law difficulties. A qualified solicitor will be here to help. Contact your local women's charity today for free counselling and support. To book an appointment for yourself or your client, please call us on 01473 231 566 for free and confidential advice.

English Classes

We offer women-only English classes at Pre-entry, E1, E2 and E3 levels in groups of up to 10 students. Registration costs £5 per term, plus £1.50 per lesson on the day. Please call 01473 231566 to book a class.

 Ongoing Events and Workshops:
Power and Control Wheel
Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence

Our women's charity is strongly committed to empowering women and improving quality of life of all women and children whilst helping them to acknowledge their opportunities.Our team of social workers offer independent advocacy, aledvice and unconditional support to protect ethnic minority women and their children in the UK.

Girls in Self-esteem workshop
Girls self esteem workshops 

Phoebe helps 9-19 years old girls with self-esteem workshops to build body confidence.We are excited to offer a range of teaching resources workshops for middle and high school girls,to build their self esteem,realise their full potential and leadership by overcoming beauty related pressure

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Free English Classes

Providing free English classes is one method by which we promote PHOEBE's main aims, which include cultivating greater inclusivity of women and encouraging and facilitating the participation of BME women within the wider Suffolk community.

Get Involved

We accept a range of people to our charity volunteering opportunities, whether you're looking to volunteer to gain work experience, a student on placement, a part-time worker, a woman with specific skills or a retired woman who wants to give something back to the community.

'A Helper of Many'

19, Tower Street

Citizen Advice Bureau Building

Ipswich, Suffolk



Telephone— 00 44 1473 231566