Hi, my name is Jasmin and I am the Receptionist and Senior Administrator here at the Women’s Centre.
I’ve worked here for almost 2 years now and I can honestly say that no two days have been the same since I started, and that’s all part of why I love it so much, my job is so varied. I also love working here because the staff team is so supportive and friendly – but the main reason is that I really enjoy helping people and my role is all about being the first point of contact when women visit or telephone the Centre. Sometimes people ring up asking for all manner of things such as ‘can you tell me when my bin is going to be emptied?’ I know I have to hold a lot of information in my head but that’s not one of them!! Signposting then comes into play. I get to meet lots of amazing women every day and it’s my absolute pleasure to help them with information about our courses, activities and services.
I’m Rachel Strong and I’m one of the caseworkers on the Training and Support (TAS) team. I’ve been working at Nottingham Women’s Centre for just over 18 months and, although it might sound a bit cheesy, can honestly say this is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. There are so many reasons to love working at the Women’s Centre, but for me, I think it’s so important that women have a space where they can get support with practically any issue, make friends, try new activities and learn new skills in a place where they will always be encouraged and never judged.
There is no such thing as a “typical day” on the TAS team. We can jump from supporting a woman to access a food bank, or complete a benefit claim, to encouraging another woman to sign up for a confidence building course, to booking a belly dance teacher for an open day …all in the space of one morning. It’s certainly never dull working here!
Outside of work I enjoy going to gigs and festivals. I love music across a range of genres and being able to watch a punk band on one stage and then a comedy folk band half an hour later on another is perfect. The downside is the portaloos but it’s a price worth paying!