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Communities of Identity

What is Communities of Identity project about?

Nottingham Women’s Centre is funded by Nottingham City Council to lead a local consortium of organisations delivering services to women and LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) communities. This work takes two forms – our own provision of core support services to women, and the provision of funding and support to other women’s organisations and those working with LGBT communities. The funding enables us to keep our ‘open door’ at the Centre, to maintain a regular programme of training courses, advice and support for volunteering.

How is CoI supporting local communities?

The project supports 4 priority areas:

  • Support for Isolated LGBT+ Individuals
  • Safe Space for Women and Girls
  • Complementing mainstream mental health services for women
  • Empowerment of women and girls

We are proud to report that through our work and the work of our partners, last year (2017-2018) CoI has enabled us to provide the following:

  • Over 1600 LGBT+ people receiving direct support. With over 10 thousand accessing virtual space online.
  • 1500 women accessing specialist (Women only) space
  • 112 women receiving counselling – specialist and general
  • 1079 women accessing 121 support around hardship and crisis. With 109 women supported to access grants
  • 489 women taking part in group sessions
  • 99 women supported into volunteering
  • Women’s and LGBT+ people issues represented at 35 forums
  • 9 forums held for women’s groups and issues with 45 different organisations attending, including the Women’s Organisations Network established and co-ordinated by Nottingham Women’s Centre
  • 14 women’s and LGBT+ organisations supported to access grants

Attention all small organisations that work with women, girls and LGBT+ communities

As part of our CoI work, we are able to offer small grants to organisations that work with women, girls or LGBT+ communities.

The next round of funding to be open soon! Please keep an eye out for more details to follow on this webpage or sign up to our newsletter.

The application process is very straightforward and we’re here to help you step by step; once the new round is open, if you’d like to apply, just contact us on grants@nottinghamwomenscentre.com or ring us on 0115 941 1475 ext 223 and we’ll talk you through the process.

Please contact us now if you’d like to be considered in the future and will add your name to our mailing list.

Some of the organisations that have received small grants in the past include:

  • Capoeira Nottingham  – Women and child Capoeira classes at Nottingham Women’s Centre
  • Nottingham Chameleons – Trans  people Meeting Group
  • Kaffeequeeria – Activities for LGBT people around LGBT+ History Month
  • Luna – Sessions for Young women on menstruation
  • Trans Space Notts – regular meet ups and sessions for trans people and their supporters
  • TRANS4ME – Activities for TRANS young people
  • Back in My Day – Engaging young LGBT people in an oral history project
  • Badminton Social – LGBT+ Badminton Group
  • New Rose Associates – Workshops with Girls around empowerment
  • AuROARa – Theatre and empowerment for women
  • Kairos – activities and support for lesbian asylum seekers
  • An Nisa – Coffee Mornings for women
  • Box Smart – Wellbeing Programme and boxing classes for women

AGM 2018 – Presentations

The presentations at this year’s AGM are*:

Julia Carter and NWC volunteering services – Julia, NWC Volunteer Coordinator since October 2017 will talk about our most recent achievement – The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service received this month by NWC Volunteers.

Diana Ali and the NWC mural project – Diana Ali, the Nottingham based Artist and Curator has been busy working with Nottingham Women’s Centre on our latest art project. Diana says:  “It has been a great and insightful opportunity to work at the Women’s Centre and especially with women who were willing, positive and engaged to create a huge piece of artwork in such a short time. Terry-Ann, Karem, Kate, Janet and Chloe came in, shared ideas, collaborated and got down to create work which I did not imagine we could do. It was so warming to see communication, voices coming through and support from each other which resulted in them being artists to make a contemporary vibrant mural. The mural is theirs and others voices in how we progress and we hope we have captured an essence of celebration, energy, movement and ambition of women of everywhere.” We will be unveiling the mural on 26th June at our AGM taking place at City Arts. To learn more about Diana please visit her website – www.dianaali.com

Lyndsey Harris, UoN – Empowerment through research – Lyndsey Harris and Pauline Jas are both researchers at The University of Nottingham who have been asked to evaluate the services that are offered to women at Nottingham Women’s Centre. In an effort to demystify research, and use feminist informed practice, Lyndsey and Pauline will be working with women to empower them to engage in a number of research activities. The first of these events will be a 4 week ‘Memory Work’ Club. During this talk Lyndsey will explain what memory work is and how Pauline and Lyndsey would like to work with women in partnership to develop research skills and have fun along the way.

Joanne Ratcliffe, NWC Quality and Partnerships Co-ordinator – Introducing NWC Partners – Joanne will talk about the Communities of Identity project and why collaboration is key and the impact that we make together followed by presentations from NWC Partners:

  • Base51 – speaking about the Outburst group. Base51 Support young people (12-25 years) across Nottingham. Their OUTBURST group for LGBT+ young people is a safe, comfortable and supportive environment with a varied programme of activities that are age appropriate and include: Self Harm, Hate Crime, self expression through arts, sexual health and many more. The Group and the Organisation ensures the views of the young people are considered at all levels.
  • KAIROS – Kairos supports lesbian and bi sexual women seeking asylum and those with refugee status to gain secure their immigration status and take up opportunities to live, work, study and socialise in Nottingham.  We are very well supported by the Womens Centre who provide us with meeting rooms and advice and practical help. Before our members can successfully establish confident lives in this country, many of them must address complex mental and physical health problems acquired as a result of torture and abuse in their home country and in some cases since arrival in the UK. There are language problems to overcome, 2 in 10 women speak v little English, more cannot read and write well in English and they all experience very low self-esteem and fear of discovery and exposure. As asylum seekers, Kairos members understand very little of the welfare and legal systems of the UK and do not know how to meet other LGBT people safely. Currently we have monthly meetings where members share their stories and update one another on their progress with asylum, housing, education employment etc. Volunteers follow this up with one-to one work and support at court, and at legal and health appointments etc. We encourage members to socialise together and provide mutual support. We go as group to lesbian social events. Recently we have been looking at a new ways to support our members using art therapy and trauma therapy. We are keen to make sure that Kairos is known across greater Nottingham because we are sure there are some women who need our support who have not yet found our organisation.
  • NCVS – speaking about the range of issues that small groups face in Nottingham and how NCVS supports them. NCVS work with Women and LGBT+ VCS organisations in Nottingham providing organisational support around funding and governance.
  • Notts LGBT+ Network – Notts LGBT+ Network  (formerly Lesbian & Gay Switchboard) started in 1975It operates in several ways
    1. A 5-night-a-week helpline providing information and support by phone, e-mail, texting and instant messaging
    2. Produces a widely circulated bimonthly community newsletter QB
    3. Provides training for its volunteers and for external organisations
    4. Maintains an accurate and comprehensive LGBT database
    5. Has a presence at external events and community forums
    6. Distributes information via its website, Facebook and Twitter
  • Nottingham Muslim Women’s Network – speaking about campaigning and increasing visibility of Muslim women in Nottingham as well as one to one and groups with women that you offer. NMWN  provides activities for women and girls (over age 13) from all faiths and backgrounds as well as support and sessions around a variety of issues including domestic violence, honour based violence, forced marriages, sexual exploitation and more.
  • Notts SVSS – speaking about the counselling group, Beyond Survival, and collaborating on campaigns around enabling anonymous voter registration and Reclaim the Night. Notts SVS Services offer specialist counselling and support for survivors of sexual violence, aged 13+, living in Nottingham/shire.  Services include face-to-face counselling, telephone helpline, email support, group sessions, support for survivors of institutional sexual violence and ISVA Service support for survivors accessing the Criminal Justice System. Services are provided free of charge, from professionally trained staff/volunteers.  A choice of male or female counsellor can be offered.  Services for women are provided in a women-only space.
  • POW  Fab work with sex workers, also campaigning on sexual exploitation. POW  support sex workers by providing peer mentoring and volunteering opportunities to support lifestyle changes. POW addresses the multiple and complex needs of its service users including health needs; housing; benefits; immigration and employment related skills and support.

*subject to change