Meet the Team – Cesca

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…


Meet the Team – Julia

Hello,

My name is Julia and I have been Volunteer Coordinator at the centre since October 2017.

I was, and currently still am, a Volunteer Coordinator for a disability charity, but when I saw the role at Nottingham Women’s Centre advertised I immediately applied- the scope to develop my skills and to help others here appealed greatly to me.

My role involves advertising for, recruiting, training and supervising our wonderful volunteers, as well as ensuring I develop interesting roles within the centre to meet our needs and those of the volunteer.

I also liaise and involve corporate volunteers, who fundraise and help with events, as well as do the hard graft of decorating and gardening.

From day one at the centre, I felt extremely welcome; changing supervisor can be a difficult time for volunteers but everyone was so friendly and supportive I knew I had found the place for me.

We have a fantastic volunteer team, and currently a waiting list for others to join. We have a great reputation and I intend to build on that.

I can honestly say there are not enough hours in my day but that I always feel my day has been productive and worthwhile. To be involved in such an important place and to supervise the women who donate their time and enthusiasm to us is a pleasure.

It’s National Volunteer’s Week 1st-7th June, and this is an ideal time for us to thank our wonderful team with some fun! We are having a Samba Lesson, some laughter yoga, a picnic on the arboretum (weather allowing) and possibly bowling for those who are still standing!