Subject: Latest news from Nottingham Women's Centre, October 2018

Message from Helen's desk
This month we are celebrating yet another victory for the Misogyny Hate Crime campaign as a review is announced to take place into whether misogynistic conduct should be treated as a hate crime across the country. This is following the call from Stella Creasy – Labour MP for Walthamstow – to roll out Nottinghamshire flagship policy nationally. 
This critical move from Creasy was announced during a debate on whether to introduce legislation that would criminalise ‘upskirting’ (the taking of non-consensual photos under someone’s clothes) in England and Wales. In an exciting win for women’s rights, earlier this month MPs approved the Voyeurism Bill that would finally make ‘upskirting’ a criminal offence!


As well as being a vital piece of legislation in itself, this is an enormous win for Misogyny Hate Crime too. This is because the amendment Stella Creasy proposed to the Voyeurism Bill was to allow judges to take into account whether people convicted of hate crimes against women should get a tougher sentence if it was motivated by misogyny.
MPs concluded that the Voyeurism Bill was not the right vehicle for seeking such a change in the law but recognised the importance of Stella Creasy's point. MP Lucy Frazer therefore announced that ministers would fund a review into the "coverage and approach" of hate crime laws. The Law Commission will therefore review how sex and gender characteristics should be considered under hate crime law, and whether new offences (notably, Misogyny Hate Crime) are needed.
This is a hugely exciting national statement against misogyny, and Nottingham Women’s Centre are extremely proud to have been part of setting the bar high in Nottinghamshire. Bring on national rollout!


NWC News Round Up
Help Through Crisis Update - Year 2 
Year 2 of Help through Crisis has been very successful and has continued to reach some of the most vulnerable women in society, including women who:
 have experienced trauma such as sexual/domestic abuse
 are homeless or have experienced homelessness
 have been the victims of crime or have a history of offending
 have enduring mental health illness
 abuse substances to cope with their experiences
 have chaotic lifestyles
 are fleeing from conflict areas
 stated that they had been ‘abandoned’ in childhood
 have difficulty accessing mainstream services
 are sex working
We have provided advice and advocacy to 187 women who presented with at least two support needs each. One woman who was homeless and sofa surfing has severe OCD which was making her life unbearable as she was unable to keep herself and her clothes clean. To support her we were able to let her use laundry facilities here at the Centre and provide new clothing and nightwear, which meant she didn’t have to sleep in her clothes. Restoring her dignity in this way went some way in enabling her to be able to manage her condition and sleep better so that she was able to keep appointments to engage with services.

Queens Award for Volunteers 

On the 14th September we were really pleased to attend the official ceremony at The Council House for the Queens Voluntary Service Award. This event was the Joint Queens Honours Celebration Event, for all Nottinghamshire recipients of honours by the Queen in 2018. We were joined by Sir John Peace (Lord-Lieutenant), Councillor Catharine Arnold (Sheriff of Nottingham) and Sue Saddington (chair of the county council).

Times Up 

Are you inspired by the women making a stand in the #TimesUp movement!?
Are you keen to explore fascinating topics and develop ways to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace! 
Are you simply interested in meeting a great group of like-minded women!? 

We would love to see you at our first #TimesUpNotts event on Saturday 24th November, 3-6pm at the Pavilion on Forest Recreation Ground! This is an 'Open Space' event which means it's interactive and you can choose which topics you would like to get involved in. It's an event to explore highly relevant issues around sexual harassment at work and start a conversation with like-minded women about ways to tackle it in Nottinghamshire. This event is free, women-only (all self-defining women welcome) and fully accessible with on-site parking facilities. Light refreshments will be provided.

This event is inpired by the UN's '16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence' campaign. Following the event, we invite you to kick off the campaign in Nottingham with us at the annual Reclaim the Night protest march. This is Nottingham's biggest and loudest protest march against all forms of men's violence against women: singing, stomping, dancing and shouting its way through the city!
For more information and to book your free ticket, please go to: timesupnotts.eventbrite.co.uk
We can't wait to see you there!


The future of women’s probation services
The CHANGES team have been working with Agenda and Clinks to pull together a response to the Ministry of Justice’s probation consultation, on the future of Probation Services from 2020. Based on our 8 years of experience supporting female offenders at Nottingham Women’s Centre, we have included the following suggestions:
• For there to be a more strategic approach to developing and sustaining services for women in the community
• To focus on working together to ensure that future services are built upon the expertise and knowledge of existing providers such as CHANGES
If you would like to explore the issues around the Female Offender Strategy and the future of Probation Services further please look at the following links.
Agenda – www.weareagenda.org
Clinks - www.clinks.org

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

Library news

Did you know that our archives are one of the most comprehensive and diverse in the country? For example, from WIRES no.171 (Women’s Information and Enquiry Service newsletters 1975-1985) there is a discussion about the position of transsexuals in women’s groups (note, this is for historical interest and not the position of the Women’s centre). Additionally, we also have a wide selection of archives relating to women’s health including the Association of Radical Midwives newsletters (a selection from 1978-1986) and British Pregnancy Advisory Service newsletters (BPAS selection from 1980-1982), which include information and discussion about the abortion law, sex education and contraception (among many others things!). The archives are incredibly interesting and diverse, ranging through global and regional issues relating to politics, legal discourse and other contentious issues. You are free to come and browse through whenever the library is open.
Make sure to like the library FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Nottswomenslibrary/ and follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nottswlibrary 
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 our Senior Therapist Claire and for more information please visit
NWC Events and Dates for your Diary
Two New Autumn Events for Mums and Kids 

Come along to a fun day of workshops 14th October - Open to all women (guardians) with children aged 5-12. This is a day of FREE arts workshops for women and their children brought to you by Nottingham arts festival Young Hustlers.
• Drumming with Mystic Beats
• Songwriting with Leah Sinead
• Story/poetry writing with Natalia Bruce
• Art workshop
We have only 15 places available for women + kids so make sure to book your place ASAP!
Refreshments included! Contact events@nottinghamwomenscentre.com if you have any questions. To book http://bit.ly/nwcyounghustlers


Mary Poppins screening 1st November 11-12.30 activities 12.30-3.00 film screening  -Please note that tickets for this popular event have now sold out. If you are interested in attending then please apply for a Reserve List Ticket and we will contact you if any spaces become available. FREE light lunch provided. Please note that this event is open to all women (guardians) with children aged 5-12. To book http://bit.ly/nwchalftermmagic

Party WoManifesto - Focus Groups 

In the run up to the local elections we are continuing our consultations 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. Want us to deliver a focus group with the women you work with? then please email jo@nottinghamwomenscentre.com for more information. 

The Suffrage Flag is coming to Nottingham Women's Centre 

This year marks 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which gave some women the right to vote, and opened the door to voting on equal terms in 1928. On the 17th of October the Suffrage flag which is currently making its way around the UK will be coming to Nottingham, for more information on this auspicious event please see 

Courses and Activities and Events  

Ever fancied Hula Hooping, Jewellery making or Archery for more information on all our latest courses events and activities please see

Centenary Cities 

Centenary Cities are planning some great activities and events for this autumn. Please can anyone planning an activities around this email events@nottinghamwomenscentre.com  to be added to the calendar

Nottingham Citizens - Listening Campaign 

Poverty, knife crime and housing are just three of the ten issues raised in the Nottingham Citizens Listening Campaign  which is running over the next few months.  As members of Nottingham Citizens, Nottingham Women's Centre are currently participating and listening to what issues are effecting you. For more information on the campaign and issues raised please see or to go directly to the survey    
In other news
  • The government's consultation on gender reassignment is now open and closes on 19th October to find out more and to be involved in the consultation please visit.
  • Women’s Aid England, are looking for more Ask Me Ambassadors:“ particularly from diverse groups. Please email Rebecca Thompson from Women’s Aid England,for more info or if you have anyone that would be interested please email R.Thompson@womensaid.org.uk
  • Nottingham Trent University - Department of Politics and International Relations are currently creating opportunities for students to learn Politics and International Relations by doing politics and international relations. For more information please email janka.skrzypek@ntu.ac.uk. Employability coordinator within the PIR Dept at NTU.  
  • Please click on the link to see the most recent edition of Notts Queer Bulletin. 
  • The Housing First Community of Practice aims to provide a forum for professionals with a keen interest in Housing First  on 24th October 1.30 – 3.30pm at Nottingham CVS and will be held quarterly, to book a place or for more information, please email enquiries@pdunottingham.org
  • Nottinghamshire Community Foundation are working with UK Community Foundations to deliver the Tampon Tax Community Fund in Nottinghamshire. The Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. For more information please click the link. 
  • Nottingham Muslim Women’s Network  invite you to a Men Leading for Change 2 seminar On:Tuesday 16th of October 2018 9.30- 2pm Venue: The Conference Hall, Muslim Hands, 148 Gregory Boulevard, NG7 5JE. For further information please contact Zaynub Asghar on 07826464722 email enquiries@nmwn.co.uk.
  • The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is holding three weeks of public hearings into the sexual abuse of children in the care of Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils. The first week of hearings in Nottingham (from 1-5 October) will be held at the Trent Bridge cricket ground  between 10.00am and 4.15 each day.Hearings are open to the public and seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis. 
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