Meet the Team – Jo Thorpe

My name is Jo Thorpe I began working as the Representation and Policy officer mid-June. As some of you may know I am not new to the Women’s Centre. I have been volunteering with the Welfare Rights worker since January 2017, prior to volunteering I visited the centre many times over the years. I am really excited to finally be working here.

My background is in Youth and Community work. I have a Diploma in Youth and Community Work and a MA in community Education.  My previous roles both paid and voluntary have been many and varied. I am looking forward to developing and taking forward the Policy and Representation work undertaken previously. My role is part of an exciting project called Help through Crisis which is aimed at making a positive impact on women’s lives through delivering welfare rights advice and working in partnership with other organisations. My role is to collect data about the needs and problems that women are facing and to use this to push for changes that will improve women’s lives.

I can frequently be found at my desk reading various reports, policy documents and generally getting my head around the range of information required for the role.

When I am not at work I enjoy my allotment (which is always work in progress), cooking, reading and visiting charity shops.

Meet the Team- Aga

Hi, I’m Aga and I’ve recently joined Nottingham Women’s Centre as Communications and Partnerships Manager.

Having graduated from Arabic and Islamic studies, I travelled extensively across Europe and the Middle East before entering the world of employment.  Previous to joining the Centre, I worked for 8 years for a Nottingham based educational charity supporting schools in the use of technology while developing partnerships with technology providers across the UK.

As soon as I came across the job advert for my current post, I knew I had to apply. I felt that I could use my experience and skills to contribute to the local community. A subsequent visit to the centre, and the warm atmosphere that I experienced, only reassured me that I should go for it and so I did… and was lucky enough to be offered the job!

From day one at the centre, everyone’s made me feel really welcome.

My role involves making everyone aware about the wonderful things that are happening at the centre as well as sharing the story of all the women who make it such a unique place. I’m currently in the process of updating our website as well as developing our comms strategy and managing the new programme of events. If you’re not yet receiving our newsletter, then please sign up here to be kept up to date with our news. I’d love to hear from you if you have any news you’d like to share with our community.

I joined the centre in April and, although I have only been in my post for a couple of months, I have already met some interesting people and organisations that make me feel really proud to be living in Nottingham. I look forward to new partnerships and collaborations as my role develops.

I love the supportive atmosphere  at the Centre and truly believe that it’s really important that women only spaces like this exist.

Outside of work, when not busy looking after two young children or chasing after a very mischievous Bengal cat, I’m currently enjoying my new found freedom that comes with recently passing my driving licence.