Welcome to our newsletter! We have been very remiss at keeping everyone up to date with what’s happening at the centre. We aim to put that right with a termly catch up newsletter. We would love to be able to keep everybody up to date via the website. So, if you can sign up on line, it will make our distribution so much easier. We want our newsletter to be include the views and thoughts of all our staff, women and volunteers. If you have anything you would like to share with our community, please email the office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A quick catch up!
The AGM was held on Thursday 18th October at Stockport Quaker Meeting House. We had an interesting and informative presentation from Dean Hall the learning and development advisor for the alliance on the work of the Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance (GMWSA). A full set of accounts and reports is available, just contact the office.
Our Christmas closing hours:
We will be closed from 5pm Friday 21st December and re-open at 9am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019
Faith in Nature donated hundreds (literally!) of wash bags to the centre, which have been distributed across the GM women’s support alliance.
Opera North’s Community Partnerships team offered us free tickets for The Merry Widow on Thursday 15th November at 7.30pm.
Berretto Lounge - Thanks to the Berretto Lounge in Stockport raised £1k for the Centre.
Summary of the Year:
We had 409 new registrations and had at year end 1058 active members. We have received over 6,000 telephone calls from individuals and professionals.
Women are signposted to the Centre through a variety of pathways including Social Care Adults/Children, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors, Secondary Mental Health Services, GP, Health Visitors, Alcohol and Substance services, HMP Styal, GM Police, Greater Manchester Cheshire and Community Rehabilitation Company and many others.
Most referrals were received from Criminal Justice Agencies over 31%, health agencies over 27.4%, 16.62% referrals were received from Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council Adult and Children’s Social Care, 8% of women were referred by Stockport Without Abuse.
We collect equality monitoring data on registration for us to better understand who accesses services and what needs to be considered in the future in order to make sure our services are provided fairly and easily accessible.
Some of the figures highlighted that;
38% of women regarded themselves to have a long-term health condition
30% of women regarded themselves as having a mental health disability.
Whilst 41.76% of women were unemployed 64% of the total who registered were on some form of benefits
The above reflects that we are delivering services to some of the most vulnerable women and families in our community and continuing to meet the needs of women who may have difficulty in engaging with statutory and mainstream services.
The following main activities have taken place to enable us to achieve the outcomes:
One to one work with women who are in need of extra support including casework, counselling and/or psychotherapy, art therapy, life coaching, sign posting and complementary therapies.
Over 450 women have received 1:1 support during the period.
Some fantastic results and efforts by the centre with ever tightening financial resources and increased numbers of women needing our help.
Good News Stories:
Alfred Newton Solicitors recently contacted us to say a client of theirs had recently passed away and had left £5500 to local charities of the solicitor’s choice, We were chosen to be one of those charities.
Our TV Moment
When the new Female Offender Strategy was announced we had news crews from TV and Radio stations at the centre and Amanda’s interview aired on BBC Radio 4. We have also been mentioned during Parliamentary committee sessions where our women’s centre was highlighted as a model of good practice for working with female offenders.
THE BIG ONE!
We had the fantastic news recently that as part of the GMWSA we have been awarded £250k from the Ministry of Justice to help vulnerable female offenders in the community. It is part of the Government’s commitment to divert vulnerable women from prison to community support.
In their press release they commented:
“Twelve organisations across the country who are doing excellent work to help divert women away from crime and reduce re-offendin g, have been awarded a share of £3.3 million by the Ministry of Justice. This follows the publication of the Female Offender Strategy, which set out a range of measures aimed at shifting focus away from custody towards rehabilitative community services”.
Justice Minister Edward Argar said:
“I am delighted to announce the allocation of the first wave of funding and hope it will pave the way for vulnerable women across the country to receive the additional specialist support they need.
“Evidence shows short sentences often fail to break the cycle of re-offending and we have set out clearly in our strategy a desire to divert women away from custody wherever possible. “This investment is a vital first step in achieving this aim and expanding these essential services will help break the cycle of offending and prevent further victims.”
The funding will boost services being delivered at women’s centres across Greater Manchester, including support for women who have experienced domestic abuse and other complex needs. It is fantastic that the work of the GMWSA, and the Women’s centre has been recognised in this way. Well done to Nikki and her team for putting together a well thought out and persuasive bid.
Bingo on the 15th Nov
We held our annual Bingo night and raised £1000 to support the work of the Centre!
At the centre we have signed up to an initiative called ‘Amazon Smile Fundraising’ where amazon will donate 0.5% of a (qualifying) purchase to a charity. All you need to do to help raise funds for the centre is sign up to Amazon Smile on the link below and sign up, and to make sure you make all your orders through this- don’t worry you will still have access to all the same products!
The link to Amazon Smile is https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/chpf/about/
If you could please promote this along your friends and family too that would be great
Other fundraising ideas
We are always grateful if people want to arrange their own fundraising events or donate to the centre. We have a just giving page where you can easily donate, We receive an additional 25% from HMRC if you are a basic rate tax payer.
New post: Volunteer Co-Ordinator
In June we welcomed Debbie to the team as out Volunteer Co-Ordinator, she is based at the Centre 9.30am-3.30pm every day. Her role involves the recruitment, training and support of all our volunteers. In a recent internal newsletter, we did a ‘meet and greet’ with Debbie, she described the best aspect of her role as ‘Helping women to help themselves, both clients and volunteers’ recruitment, training and support of all our volunteers.
Are you or do you know an accountant who would like to join our trustee board? For more information or for a chat about the role contact Kay Day our Chair on: Kay.Day@stockportwomenscentre.com
The centre has launched a Trauma informed approach to its work
All SWC staff have been given training on the approach and the next step is to carry out a selfassessment of the Centre and to implement any changes necessary. SWC have begun working towards a more trauma informed approach by a change to a single assessment process.
All volunteers will also be provided with training of the approach.
A huge thank you to everybody who helps the work of the centre in any way, all help makes a huge difference to the women we support!