Hi, my name is Lisa and I have recently started at Nottingham Women’s Centre as the Representation and Policy Officer. This is part of an exciting new project called Help through Crisis which is aimed at making a difference in women’s lives through providing welfare rights advice and working in partnership with other charities. My role is to gather evidence about the needs and difficulties that women are facing and to use this to press for changes that will improve women’s lives.
I first came to the Centre over a year ago as a volunteer in our amazing Library so I knew that it would be a brilliant place to work. Everyone here is passionate about supporting women and the environment is friendly and welcoming. You might see me at events collecting information or if you attend any of our focus groups over the coming months. I can’t wait to see what comes out of the research and to start demanding positive change for women.
My name is Sara and I began working at Nottingham Women’s Centre at the beginning of August. I am a Welfare Rights Advisor, which means I provide support with issues relating to benefits, debt and finances. I can help with a wide variety of problems and help to demystify the often very confusing benefit system. One of the things I love about this job is that I am able to support women at all different stages by dealing with immediate crisis, helping to make benefit claims, accompanying to appointments, challenging benefit decisions and attending court hearings.
I can also help women gain more confidence and ability to deal with their day to day budgeting and make sure they are both making the most of their money and receiving all of the help they and their families are entitled to.
You will often find me with my head buried happily in a book researching the latest benefit regulations or negotiating with jobcentre advisors, the council, landlords and debt companies. I love finding solutions to problems and find this job really rewarding.
More than this though, I always feel extremely privileged to meet so many fantastic women who share so much of their stories with me and inspire me every day with their experiences and their resilience. Women from all walks of life face so many challenges……we are amazing!
I consider myself very lucky to have such a wonderful job in an environment that believes in and is constantly working toward the empowerment of women.