Hi, I’m Cesca and I’ve worked at Nottingham Women’s Centre for 3 years. When I first joined the CHANGES team we were facilitating groups for women involved in the criminal justice system across two sites in Nottinghamshire; we now offer this across 4 areas and the team has just about doubled, it’s been a busy and exciting few years.
I job share the role of Senior Caseworker which involves looking at the support we offer the women referred to the project and making sure we have groups and resources to meet their needs. We work closely with several partners and I enjoy liaising with them, reviewing what works well and developing our offer.
The centre has a fantastic team of staff and volunteers working with some equally fantastic women which is one of the things I love most about my job. That, and the fact that a typical days work can involve ploughing through monitoring data for the project one minute and planning activities and events for an NWC open day the next.
I’m new to the business of parenthood which is entertaining and exhausting! To wind down from chasing Luca I love running and having previously ran the Paris marathon I’m toying with what next, perhaps a triathlon…
On Monday 17th July, we were invited by Nottingham Citizens to a Hate Crime Action hosted by one of their partner organisations, The Nottingham Emmanuel School. The event was attended by over 80 pupils from Emmanuel, Ellis Guilford, Bluecoat Academy and Farnborough Academy, alongside representatives from both the City and County Councils and Nottinghamshire Police.
With Claire Dixon from our partners Equation, Holly and Andrea presented a workshop to staff, students and visitors: Holly gave a brief introduction to the history of misogyny hate crime in Nottinghamshire, before Claire hosted a fun quiz centred around some eye-opening statistics on children’s experiences of sexual harassment in schools. The workshop included a video of Rosemary, a young woman who very kindly shared her own experiences of reporting a misogyny hate crime incident to police. Andrea gave details about ground breaking work being done at Nottingham Free School to tackle misogynistic behaviour and also explained how to report incidents to Nottinghamshire Police. Finally, everyone completed a pledge card, confirming what they will do in the future to help tackle misogyny hate crime.
We’d like to say a big thank you to all the young people who attended – we were so impressed by you and your wonderful pledges!