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

Message from Helen's desk
As some of you may be aware in June we were honoured to be awarded the Queens Award for Volunteers. This award culminated in a visit to Buckingham Palace. Classified as the MBE for volunteer groups this is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. To receive the Award, a group must provide a service and meet a need for people living in the local community. The service needs to be supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it.

On Friday 31st August we were immensely proud to host the official presentation of the award at Nottingham Women’s Centre. This ceremony was attended by the Lord-Lieutenant of Nottingham Sir John Peace, who presided over the formalities and Deputy Lieutenant Dame Elizabeth Fradd.  The Lord Mayor - Counsellor Liaqat Ali and The Sheriff of Nottingham - Counsellor Catherine Arnold were also in attendance.  The award was received by June McCombie, OBE on behalf of Nottingham Women’s Centre. The award represents a remarkable accomplishment. To read more about the award please visit this page

On the day we were also joined by over 40 people including board members, staff and volunteers to celebrate the award. We are so very proud to be recognised and would like to say thank you again to all our volunteers past and present. The photos of the ceremony will soon be available on our website.

NWC News Round Up
Help Through Crisis Update - Nicki Lee
My role in the Help Through Crisis (HtC) project has been to support any women who require essential household items for their home and family. Many of the women have significant histories of enduring mental health issues.
The majority have some level of debt they are struggling to pay off. Many have been affected by the benefit cap or DWP sanctions. They have no money left over after paying for bills and food to buy the items they need to have a decent life for themselves and their families. As the HtC project aims to work holistically with individuals we are able to provide a bespoke welfare service that adapts to the needs of the women and their children.
We have been able to provide them with cookers, washing machines, beds, bedding, fridges, clothing grants, travel passes and educational aids such as laptops. The effect of these grants is life changing and helps women and their families to get back on an even keel without having to go into further debt and helps them to feel better about themselves and improve their self-esteem and confidence.
To be eligible for support women need to be facing financial hardship.

Times Up 

"Thanks to everyone who attended our last #TimesUpNotts Network meeting! Planning continues to steam ahead for our first event that will take place on the afternoon of 24th November before Reclaim the Night. Our ‘Open-Space' event invites all women with a passion for tackling sexual harassment in the workplace to come together, share stories, explore fascinating topics and work together to make change!

Exact location and time TBC. This will be a fully accessible, baby-friendly event with parking nearby. Join our 'TimesUp Notts' Facebook group to keep your eye out for updates!

If you’re interested in helping with the event or getting involved in the wider network, then please come along to our next meeting on Wednesday 19th September at Nottingham Women’s Centre between 6-8pm - all self-defining women welcome!"

Gender and Sexual Orientation Partnership Small Grant Fund Now Open

The Small Grants Fund is now open we are looking for organisations to work with us on improving the lives of Women, Girls and LGBT+ people in Nottingham. We want small, grassroots organisations to apply for our small grant to do short projects or activities that include at least one of the following:

1) Addressing Isolation in the LGBT+ community in Nottingham
• Including support around specific LGBT+ health issues
• Support around Hate Crime
2) Providing Safe Physical and Virtual Spaces for women and girls
• Support communities through providing physical and/or online space, particularly women who face increased social isolation or multiple barriers to inclusion.
3) Empowering Women and girls
• Around Hardship and Crisis – this means financial difficulties, or need for support and advice around practical day to day needs.
• Through group or one to one support or training.
• Around getting their voices and issues better heard and understood by decision makers.
• Improving and addressing physical health and wellbeing needs for women and girls.
4) Providing activities to complement mainstream mental health provision
• Specialist group or one to one counselling or activities to improve wellbeing.

How to Apply

To apply please contact Joanne on: we will then arrange a meeting where we will discuss your project and talk through the application form. Application forms and more detailed guidance will be provided at this meeting. Grants will be around £500 - £1000
The deadline for applications this round is Friday 21 September.
This small grant funding is part of the three year Nottingham City Council Communities of Identity funding stream to Nottingham Women’s Centre and partner organisations.

Gender Responsive Services: Why Bother?

We are pleased to be working in partnership with Opportunity Nottingham and the Practice Development Unit at NCVS ( 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 or

Centenrary Cities

During the second half of this year Nottingham Women’s Centre and our small grant partners are continuing our work to celebrate the centenary of votes for some women

Here at the Centre we have exciting plans for the October half term holidays and collaborating with Reclaim the Night Nottingham. We are also delighted to have supported a number of other organisations through our small grants. These include: Atmosphere Glee Choir who will be learning and performing some suffrage songs; New Rose Associates who are holding a poverty free event in September; Reel Equality Film Club with The Divine Order screening and "can’t vote, won’t vote" panel at the end of September and an event to celebrate Trans and LGB+ representation by TRANS4ME.

Please see below for information on the forthcoming workshop Women Making Change.

Library news
Hello and welcome from the volunteers at the Nottingham Women’s centre library. We are delighted to welcome two new volunteers to the team, both started in August and are looking forward to welcoming to you to the library.
This month’s theme has been general fiction, which has seen us showcase a variety of authors, some more well-known and other hidden gems. They have proven to be highly popular and initiated thought provoking conversations.
September sees us focusing on the archives. 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 (these cannot be taken out of the library but you can get them photocopied here).

We also now have a Nottingham Women’s Centre Library Twitter account! Please share, follow and help us promote this hidden gem and unique resource @Nottswlibrary

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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 Marie for more information please visit
NWC Events and Dates for your Diary
Party WoManifesto - 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 next Focus Group will be held on Tuesday 11th September 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ Muslim Hands. Then on the 18th September at Nottingham Women's Centre 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. please email for more information. 

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.

Memory Club 

On the 28th September Lyndsey Harris and Pauline Jas from the University of Nottingham will be starting a new and exciting research project at Nottingham Women's Centre. The focus is to use story telling to evaluate the work undertaken through our Help through Crisis project. For more information please visit 

Women Making Change

On Thursday 20th September 1.30-3.30 we will be hosting a free workshop for women about understanding parliament, how to get your voice heard and how to make change happen. To book please email events@nottinghamwomenscentre or visit

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

  • Wednesday 5th September POW Nottingham are inviting you to join them for an afternoon of film screening, presentations and panel discussion as part of our ‘Net Reach’ project.
  • Nottingham Green Festival will be taking place on Sunday 16th September for more information please visit.
  • Equation provide a range of training  for anyone who wants to develop skills in responding to domestic abuse in their working life, including front line professionals, community workers and volunteers. Equation can develop your skills in spotting the signs of abuse, assessing and supporting survivors, and responding to perpetrators. For more info please visit  Equations Autumn newsletter is also available here 
  • 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.
  • Community Safety and Cohesion Service, Community Protection Nottingham City Council are delivering a Hate Crime Seminar Tuesday 11th September, 1.30pm – 4.30pm at Nottingham Trent University. They have a range of national and local ‘speakers’ and intend the event to be quite interactive please see link for registration: 
  • 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
  • Nottingham City Council has launched a new draft strategy which outlines the proposed approach to adult social care over the next 5 years we are inviting stakeholders, partners and citizens to have their say and give feedback in order to shape the final strategy. We are calling our strategy Better Lives Better Outcomes, which reflects our ambition for Nottingham to be one of the best cities for adults in need of support to live well. You can access our online survey and strategy summary document through the link: We are planning to hold a stakeholder event on Tuesday 18th September at Council House for more  information about our strategy or the consultation, contact Helen Carlin, our Transformation Programme Manager,, Tel: 0115 8763502
  • Family Fund is a large UK charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. For more information on accessing the fund please visit.
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