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.

Meet the Team – Mustafa

Hello, my name is Mustafa and I started working at NWC in November 2016, as an Employment Advisor – some might say navigator! When I first saw the job advert for this post, I knew this job was for me. I really believe in first, addressing the issues and needs of women, motivating and building their confidence to empower them rather than harassing and pressurising them into work, whilst they suffer from underlying problems and vulnerability.

This post is part of the Building Better Opportunities Project – Opportunity and Change. My role involves supporting unemployed women (who also have other multiple and complex needs), by working on an individual action plan tailored to their needs. Examples of support would include, motivation and confidence building, listening and understanding, referring to suitable agencies, find courses /training that would benefit them, labour market information, CV, cover letter and job applications – Interview skills and preparation, skills identification, financial support with travel / interview clothes – volunteering placements and any other support that they may require.

I would like to also take this opportunity to thank everybody for making me feel so welcome!