We want to hear from you!

Help through Crisis is a 5 year project funded by the Big Lottery Fund which enables us to work with some of the most disadvantaged women in Nottinghamshire to support them to overcome financial hardship and debt, access training and other services they may need to gain self-confidence, better mental health and build resilience to cope with the issues they face. The project will also allow us to give those women a voice to better inform and influence the local and national policy decisions that affect women.

As part of our new Help Through Crisis project we would like to hear from all women about the issues that they face. From time to time we may ask you and other women who use the Centre to tell us in more detail about your lives and experiences. This could be through a survey or by attending a focus group. This information is important to us in helping us to provide better services for women in Nottinghamshire. It helps us to get funding for services and to change policies affecting women’s lives for the better and to continue our work in supporting women through hardship and to make positive choices. We would really like to hear from women who can take part in focus groups in November and February. If you are interested please get in touch.

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Meet the team – Sara

My name is Sara and I began working at Nottingham Women’s Centre at the beginning of August.  I am a Welfare Rights Advisor, which means I provide support with issues relating to benefits, debt and finances.  I can help with a wide variety of problems and help to demystify the often very confusing benefit system.  One of the things I love about this job is that I am able to support women at all different stages by dealing with immediate crisis, helping to make benefit claims, accompanying to appointments, challenging benefit decisions and attending court hearings.

I can also help women gain more confidence and ability to deal with their day to day budgeting and make sure they are both making the most of their money and receiving all of the help they and their families are entitled to.

You will often find me with my head buried happily in a book researching the latest benefit regulations or negotiating with jobcentre advisors, the council, landlords and debt companies.  I love finding solutions to problems and find this job really rewarding.

More than this though, I always feel extremely privileged to meet so many fantastic women who share so much of their stories with me and inspire me every day with their experiences and their resilience.  Women from all walks of life face so many challenges……we are amazing!

I consider myself very lucky to have such a wonderful job in an environment that believes in and is constantly working toward the empowerment of women.