Subject: May E-bulletin

Message from Helen's desk
We’re on the move!
30 Chaucer Street is a stunning building which was built in 1897 as a school for the Blind and to house the work of Nottinghamshire’s oldest charity, MySight Notts (then known as the Royal Midland Institution).
Mary Chambers, who founded the charity in 1843, was the first of many remarkable women to walk through the doors of our building. Despite her gender and disability which posed many challenges at the time, Mary was able to obtain a classical education in early Victorian society and set up the charity to help others who were blind or partially sighted.
Chaucer Street had accommodation for 40 visually impaired boarders who were taught skills in basket making, brush making and hand loom knitting. In 1888 a gymnasium was added and during the First World War the charity was comissioned to make baskets to transport munitions to the Front.

The Second World War saw a shift in attitudes towards people with visual impairments and due to a shortage of sighted workers, they were recruited to work in mainstream industries. This meant the large workshops at Chaucer Street were no longer needed and the charity moved out.
The Women’s Centre moved in in 1987 and have been proud to call it home for over 30 years. Every older woman I speak to has a story about the place - of how it was renovated by a team of local trades women and volunteer helpers, how the Police used to be called to quieten down the raucous parties and how women with nowhere to stay curled up on a sofa for a safe nights sleep. It’s served us and the other charities who have been based here, currently WAIS and NSVSS, well but we’ve outgrown it and need somewhere that will see us through the next 30 years.
We are starting to look at what is available and want to hear your views on the aspects of any new premises that are most important to you. There are some things that are a given. It will be a women-only space, it will be in the city centre, it will be accessible for women with disabilities. If you want to have your say please complete the short online survey or pick up a paper copy in the Centre. This is only the first chance to get involved, as we get further down the line there will be plenty of opportunities for you to help shape what the inside looks like.
News Round Up
Preparation for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
We've been working hard to get ready for the new changes to the General Data Protection Regulation, which will come into being 25th May. To make sure we're all up to speed, we'll be arranging training sessions at the Centre on 18th May and 22nd May. 
All volunteers, chairs and anyone who'll be handling data with the Centre are asked to get in touch and attend one of these sessions. 
Due to the new GDPR legislation we will also be, in the near future, asking all our contacts to update their privacy options with us so look out for that! 
Nottingham Women's Centre Library 
We've got some new library volunteers recently who've been giving our library upstairs a lot of love! We'd love you to pop up and give it a visit next time you're in the Centre- this month's book theme is African writers and we've got some great books in!
We're also looking for some free creative help with poster illustration. If you’re female and interested please contact: for more details. 
See our website for more information about the Library.

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 Sue, one of our volunteers. Meet Sue.
NWC Events and Dates for your Diary
Our annual AGM
Join us for our AGM this summer where we will be celebrating the achievements of the NWC community over the last 12 months. 

The event will be held off site for the first time to enable us to celebrate with as many of you as possible across the City. The venue is City Arts situated just 5 mins walk from Old Market Square. See full details here.

We do hope that you will be able to join us as we reflect on our activities over the last year and celebrate the achievements of our community. We look forward to welcoming our members, partners, funders, service users, volunteers and everyone else who would like to learn more about what the Nottingham Women's Centre is all about and how you can get involved. Please note that this is a mixed event.

In addition to the formalities of the AGM itself, you are invited to join us for the following:
- Showcasing the work of our Partners
- The unveiling of the NWC mural
- Celebrating the work of NWC Volunteers
- Light refreshments

Further information including a detailed agenda will be available in due course. In order that we can cater appropriately, please register your attendance by following this link by 5th June 2018.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you to the AGM.

Job Vacancies
We're currently advertising for a new Workcoach on the Towards Work project!
Work with unemployed and economically inactive women to deliver a holistic, personalised support service, which empowers them with the self-belief, skills, motivation and confidence to enable them to progress into employment, self-employment or further training/education.
Find out more about this exciting opportunity on our website.

There's still time to apply for the following post:

Safer For Women Project Co-ordinator - Misogyny is recognised as a Hate Crime in Notts thanks to the Safer for Women Project. This ground breaking area of work needs a competent project co-ordinator to ensure the current delivery plan is implemented and future work is assimilated into relevant agencies ongoing priorities after the project funding ends. More details.

Moneywise – back by popular demand
Join us on the 23rd May (Wednesday) from 10.30-12.30 for a session run by experts from Capital One at the Nottingham Women’s Centre. We will be discussing:
  • Loans and credit
  • Financial jargon
  • Budgeting
  • Credit reports
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Money advice services
To find out more and to book your place please visit our website.
Small Grants Fund to promote Engagement, Inclusion, and Participation in Democracy
As part of Centenary Cities' initiative to mark 100 years of some women gaining the vote in 2018. We are inviting voluntary and community groups to apply for a small grant of up to £500 to run an activity, event or project to celebrate this.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. However, we have a limited budget and therefore grants will be allocated first come, first served.
For a full list of criteria and more information see our website.
Gender and Sexual Orientation Partnership Small Grant Fund
We are looking for applications for projects and activities aimed at improving the lives of Women, Girls and LGBT+ people in Nottingham. The grants (which will be around £500-£1000) will support small, grassroots, voluntary organisations that work with women and/or LGBT+ people to deliver projects and activities within the Nottingham City Council boundary.
The deadline for applications this round is Friday 8th JuneClick here to see the full criteria required to apply or to find out more.
NWC Celebrations
  • We were delighted to have been invited to the work placement celebration event at University of Nottingham where Jo had the opportunity to talk about the centre and how Uni placements contribute to what we do.
  • A massive WELL DONE to our Crafty Club for being awarded £1,000 by John Lewis from the Community Matters Award!! Jewellery making materials are first on their shopping list. Congratulations to all involved, be proud!
Other events
Have you tried any of the NWC activities or services?
Are there any other activities that you'd like to see us running? We'd love to hear your ideas and suggestions!
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