Meet the Team – Siân

Hi, my name is Siân and I have been at Nottingham Women’s Centre since the 14th of February. My role here is as a Work Coach; I will be working with unemployed and economically inactive women to help get them towards and back into work or back into education. I will be getting women back into work or full-time education by helping them overcome their barriers to work, such as childcare, confidence, lack of qualifications or skills, being a full-time carer or returning to work after an extended period of not working and/or claiming benefits.

This job role means a lot to me as for a long time I have wanted to work with vulnerable women but just hadn’t had the opportunity to. I graduated from Coventry University in 2014 with a BSc in Disaster Management. It sounds a bit unusual, so natural disasters, refugee camp legislation, water and sanitation, evacuation procedures, search and rescue, contingency planning, emergency planning etc. all very interesting stuff. It wasn’t until my final year when I ended up doing my dissertation on vulnerable women in disaster situations that I decided that working with women was what I wanted to do. I finished university, carried on working at McDonald’s part-time and volunteered at a charity called Women’s Work in Derby for about a year and a half until I stumbled across the job advertisement on the Facebook page and decided to apply. I am so glad I did!

Another thing that makes me feel so lucky to work here is that my Nana worked in this very same building in the ’70s, she was a social worker and specialised in teaching Braille and Moon right here in this very building when it was the Royal Midland Institute for the Blind. I looked up to her a lot and it’s nice to think I get to walk round the same corridors she once did, and hopefully helping people like she once did.

Outside of work I am involved in Scouting, love the outdoors, camping and survival skills. I also enjoy going to festivals, VW ones with my Mum in her campervan and music festivals with my mates!

Meet the Team – June

My name is June and I took up the position of Chair of the Board of Trustees of Nottingham Women’s Centre in January 2017. A daunting task following on from someone who had been doing a great job for a number of years.

I first walked into Nottingham women’s Centre in October 1989 and realised even then what a precious resource it was for women in Nottingham. I had been involved in women’s centres, housing co-ops and independent/radical bookshops for 14 years before that in other places I had lived but this was by far the most ambitious project I had seen at that time. I was involved in the voluntary management group and keeping the ‘books’ for about 10 years after that time.

After that the full time job took over my life for quite a few years, I’m a university chemistry teacher in the day job, but hopefully I retained a commitment to the core values of Nottingham Women’s Centre and I initiated a number of Women in Science projects that I linked to my job (if anyone ever wants to talk to me about that happy to). Last year when I saw the call for more women to consider be involved as trustees at Nottingham Women’s Centre it felt good to think about being involved again. I hope I can bring some skills to the table and help this remarkable project continue to go from strength to strength.

I still work full time so I’m probably less visible at the Centre in the day than I would like but I hope anyone who wants to contact me will feel free to do so and I can promise that I will make some time.