Subject: Latest news from Nottingham Women's Centre

Message from Helen's desk

More Women leaders needed! 

What help do you need to become, or develop, as a leader?

Nottingham has a long history of producing women leaders in all sorts of fields - Politics, Local Government, Academia, Nursing, The Arts and Activism. Our recent student placements have produced a great display showing some of them on the staircase in the Women’s Centre. Have a look next time you are in. 

Now we want to make sure this continues and as many women as possible are supported to grow into leadership roles. If you have an opinion about what’s needed to make this happen for you and others please complete the survey here.

We’re taking completed forms until the end of August. If you want some hard copies sent over to your organisation for lots of women to complete please email Shazia.Khan2@nottinghamcity.gov.uk. Please also contact Shazia if you are interested in being involved in the planning group. 
NWC News Round Up
Good News from Help through Crisis

Amongst the things that Help through Crisis project provides is advice, guidance and advocacy to women facing hardship crisis, with a tailored, gender-aware approach. Women's immediate crisis or vulnerability is addressed (including supplying relief packages and obtaining grants), then we encourage women to work through other issues they face, having an individual support plan based on the Theory of Change model with each woman identifying her goals, steps she can take to reach them and strengths she can draw on. The partnership has specialists to deliver wraparound services, with referral pathways to external agencies if necessary. Support is a mix of 1:1 sessions and structured group work; a financial toolkit will be a standard module. Our peripatetic worker delivers services at primary sites where women trust and engage, giving the service greater reach and accessibility. This is how we've supported women through this project over the last year:
  • 32 women received benefit arrears £28,774.05 
  • 32 gained benefits value of £153,968.55 
  • 6 debts resolved £7,956.65
  • 141 grants totalling £23,017.05
  • Total £213,716.30

The Opportunity and Change Programme - Kiran Johal-Sahota, Employment Advisor reports

The Opportunity and Change Programme supports women with two or more complex needs, including, Mental Health, Housing, Current/Ex-Offenders, Substance Misuse and Domestic Abuse, to get into education, training or employment. However we know from our experience that, it is crucial that women get the right support around the complex needs any barriers preventing them to access any training, education or getting into employment are removed.
Since working on the Opportunity and Change Programme I have supported three women to get into employment in Health Care, Clinical Research and the Service Industry. The complex needs experienced by these women included, mental health, and current/ex-offenders to substance misuse. The women were so determined and focused to build a positive future for themselves, they worked extremely hard to work through and overcome any barriers. Even today the women still come to the centre to continue with accessing support and to touch base.


Gender Responsive Services: Why Bother?

We are pleased to be working in partnership with Opportunity Nottingham and the Practice Development Unit at NCVS (www.pdunottingham.org) to offer training to services and organisations across the city working with vulnerable women. For more information on how to access Gender Responsive Services: Why Bother? Training please email jo@nottinghamwomenscentre.com or enquiries@pdunottingham.org

Proud to be @ Pride

Nottingham Women's Centre were proud to be at what is being described by its organisers as Nottingham's biggest ever Pride event. This year’s Pride was attended by over 7000 people, with over 40 stalls in the Lace Market and live entertainment. Pride is a fantastic chance to celebrate Nottingham's diversity and Lesbian gay bisexual transgender communities LGBT +. For more information the LGBT+ groups supported through our Communities of Identity please visit. 
Meet the Team
In every edition of of our e-bulletin, we introduce you to a member of the Nottingham Women's Centre team and this time, it's the turn of Amy. Please read more about Amy here.
NWC Events and Dates for your Diary
Party Manifesto - Focus Groups

In the run up to the local elections we will be consulting with women who use our services and other local women’s organisations on the issues that they would like to see addressed by their local politicians.
Shape the future of your city, get involved! Our first meeting is taking place on Tue 14th Aug from 12-2pm at the Ugly Bread Bakery, 21 Market St, Nottingham NG1 6HX. Further dates to follow.


Awards Ceremony with the Lord-Lieutenant

We'd like to warmly invite you to the presentation of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service taking place at Nottingham Women's Centre on Fri the 31st August from 1.30 - 3.30 pm.
This is the official presentation by the Lord-Lieutenant, who will formally hand over the award.
The Award represents a tremendous achievement for our organisation. Classed as the MBE for volunteer groups, it is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. To read more about it please visit this page.
We'd love you to join in the celebrations!
If you are planning to attend, then please let aga@nottinghamwomenscentre.com know by Fri the 17th August.

PS - Please note that men will be present at this ceremony.


Nottingham Women's Centre Open Day - 6th September

You are cordially invited to join us on Thu the 6th September from 10 - 2pm for our annual Information / Open day. 
  • Learn more about the centre, the activities and courses that we run as well as the specialist support that we provide.
  • Take part in taster sessions for some of our most popular activities.
  • Find out how you can take part in focus groups, consultations and research groups.
  • Learn about our ongoing #campaigns !
  • Find out about volunteering opportunities with the centre
  • Visit the Women's only library - a truly unique resource
  • Have some food and make new friends
And if you've heard any myths about the centre, let us dispel them on the day...We look forward to meeting you all!
Find out more by following this link.

Free Life Coaching - waiting list for this hugely popular course will reopen on 1st August 2018.

Do you feel stuck in your job? Do you want to get back to work or move your life on in some way?
Maybe you feel uncertain or confused about which path to take? To see how Life Coaching can benefit you and how to register please visit this page.
In other news
  • As you may be aware the government's consultation on gender reassignment opened on 3rd July and closes on 19th October to find out more and to be involved in the consultation please see 
  • On Sunday 23rd September Women's Aid Integrated Services will be hosting a a 5km sponsored dog walk and help raise funds for our pet fostering project which helps pets and families to find safety from domestic abuse for more information on how to be involved please visit this page
  • The Trust Building Forum at Karimia Institute have an exciting new role for a Project Coordinator for more information please contact Musharraf@karimia.com and robina@karimia.com closing date 15th August.
  • The NHS England Personalised Care Group is inviting applications from people with lived experience of personalised approaches to health and social care to participate in the Autumn Peer Leadership Academy 2018. This highly successful personal development programme has run for the last three years and aims to build people’s knowledge, skills and confidence to play an active role in the Personalised Care Programme at a national and local level. It is being delivered in collaboration with Peoplehub over three 2 x day residential sessions at Burleigh Court Loughborough in September, October and November 2018. Accommodation and travel is provided. For more information on how to access this opportunity please visit this site
  • For free and low costs things to do over summer in Nottingham please visit 
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