My name is Marie Talty, and I’m the new Welfare Benefits Adviser. I have been an adviser most of my working career delivering advice to a front line service in both the public and private sectors. Amongst others, I have previously worked for Citizens Advice, the local authority, local colleges and the DWP. I am trained to deliver level 3 advice in 7 areas; Benefits, Debt, Housing, Consumer, Immigration, Family and Relationships and Employment.
After completing my degree I completed a qualification in education and training and worked as a lecturer in local colleges and adult education centres. But I soon returned to delivering advice as that is where my heart lies. I’ve also worked in Research and Campaigns. I’m a bit of a rebel and protestor! Give me any form of injustice and I’ll be there, frontline, fighting it all the way to the top.
I believe I have a good sense of humour and people find me to be an upbeat, self-motivated team player. I enjoy reading, movies, as long as they’re a good horror or thriller, festivals, gigs, nature, travel, and anything that’s vintage and quirky especially VW Camper Vans. AND music, lots of music, music, music and more music. AND food. I like food!
Lastly, I’ve just moved to Nottingham. A new job and a new place to live. I’ve lived in Scunthorpe most of my life. And can I just say I love Nottingham, I love the people and I love my new job. Never have I been made to feel so welcome in a working environment. I’m really looking forward to my future and my future working with Nottingham Women’s Centre.
Gender and Sexual Orientation Partnership Small Grant Fund
We are looking for organisations to work with us on improving the lives of Women, Girls and LGBT+ people in Nottingham. We want small, grassroots organisations to apply for our small grant to do short projects or activities that include at least one of the following:
- Addressing Isolation in the LGBT+ community in Nottingham
- Including support around specific LGBT+ health issues
- Support around Hate Crime
- Providing Safe Physical and Virtual Spaces for women and girls
- Support communities through providing physical and/or online space, particularly women who face increased social isolation or multiple barriers to inclusion.
- Empowering Women and girls
- Around Hardship and Crisis – this means financial difficulties, or need for support and advice around practical day to day needs.
- Through group or one to one support or training.
- Around getting their voices and issues better heard and understood by decision makers.
- Improving and addressing physical health and wellbeing needs for women and girls.
- Providing activities to complement mainstream mental health provision
- Specialist group or one to one counselling or activities to improve wellbeing.
How to Apply
To apply please contact Joanne on: firstname.lastname@example.org we will then arrange a meeting where we will discuss your project and talk through the application form. Application forms and more detailed guidance will be provided at this meeting. Grants will be around £500 – £1000
The deadline for applications this round is Friday 21 September.