We believe that women living with invisible illnesses can find a safe space to truly be themselves, free from judgement and feeling like a patient. Project Patchwork stands with Warrior Women because we get you, we’ve been there and we can empathise.
We choose a future where women feel less alone because they have a supportive network of friends who understand them; by providing an interactive and safe virtual village we aim to bring hope into each day no matter how painful.
Project Patchwork was founded by Wendy England – an invisible illness sufferer.
Wendy knew all too well what it was like to feel isolated by conditions out of her control after nearly two decades with Stage 4 Endometriosis, Anxiety and Adenomyosis among others.
She was inspired by her friendships with women online who needed as much emotional support as they did physical. Discovering new friends who could check in with each other every day helped her to feel understood. It was the finding them that was difficult!
Wendy was met with judgement and abuse when she posted about how she felt on Facebook and Instagram – shamed for speaking up. She didn’t want any other woman to have to experience this and set out to build a community built on kindness, support and safety.
Project Patchwork was born from the lack of fun and safe spaces online to meet women who could empathise about life with an invisible illness.
What will you receive?
Access to both the website forum and the downloaded app to chat and check in with your friends.
App Features: Members Feed (a newsfeed), Messaging, Resources, Blog, Fact Sheets, Avatar Dolls, Groups (coming soon), Regular Hashtag Hours (discuss specific topics and run by the members), Leading Ladies Leaderboard (a fun activity to help you share your experience), Profiles and Live videos.
Website Features: Profiles, Messaging, Friends and an extensive Forum (for asking those challenging questions).
What conditions are covered?
We have 21 health conditions right now including Endometriosis, Crohn’s Disease, and Diabetes but we will be adding more conditions every month. We will be intently listening to the suggestions of our members to help them feel like all their conditions are included in the future.
How much does it cost?
The App is FREE to download and has some premium features. You will pay from as little as £3.95 per month for the App to £29.99 per year for the website. You only pay for one but receive both in the cost.