“With the experience I gained at the Women’s Centre I managed to shape my skills and got a full time job working for a Mental Health Charity.”
“I created a portfolio of my achievements, which I found very beneficial. It was very useful in helping me consider what further training I may have been in need of.”
Qualified volunteers help us to deliver counselling and psychotherapy. Students on placement are a vital part of the Counselling team. (See Placements for more details)
“I want to be able to use my experiences to help and advise other women.”
The centre has a number of weekly drop-in sessions, where women can come to the centre to find out about what we do. It's the first step in accessing any of the services available.
Do you find it easy to talk to people?Are you a good listener?Have you got a background, or work experience, in mental health or any kind of support work?Have you had any past experiences yourself of dealing with domestic abuse, low self-esteem, anxiety, or , indeed, any of life's difficulties?
“Definitely useful and rewarding to work for a group of people that are passionate about helping others.”
The office volunteers at the centre share the work behind all of the processes and procedures that support the centres services:
“I returned to work following a bout of depression. I felt confident to tackle work - based problems.”
The centre holds 3 creative craft sessions every week. There's a great range of materials and equipment available, and we aim to provide space for women to enjoy the therapeutic benefit that being creative brings:
“The Centre was verypro-active in helping and supporting their volunteers gain further skills.”
The centre offers both 'taster' sessions and hour-long appointments for a range of complimentary therapies (examples include massage, Indian head massage, reiki, reflexology & Emotional Freedom Technique).