What is advocacy?

Please read this guest post from Sonia Burns, Independent Advocate at POhWER, who will be running a Women’s Self Advocacy Workshop, here at Nottingham Women’s Centre on Tue, the 23rd October.


What is advocacy?

Advocacy is speaking up, for yourself and others.

In this short workshop, delivered by two female Independent Advocates from the advocacy charity POhWER, we will look at self advocacy or speaking up for yourself.

We will learn about some of the tools or skills you might need to do this and look at the situations where you might find yourself using advocacy skills.

We will relate this to the history of women’s rights and look at when women have used advocacy skills to make a difference to their lives and empower themselves and their peers.

You might not be familiar with the word but I’m pretty confident you will have used ‘self advocacy’ skills at some point or advocated on behalf of friends and family.

Come and learn a bit more about a useful and transferable skill.

After the course we hope you will have a basic knowledge and understanding of what advocacy is and how you can self-advocate in different circumstances.

I hope to see you on the 23rd of October, please see our flyer for more details and how to book a place on this free course – http://www.nottinghamwomenscentre.com/event/womens-self-advocacy-workshop/




What happened when the Story Telling Club met last week

Last Friday (28th September) the club met for the first time and we started with a discussion about the purpose of the story telling club and deciding how we wanted to proceed. Each week we will start with this type of discussion to ensure everyone consents to the chosen topic. The first activity we decided upon was to: Describe a time you went shopping.

This proved to be a really useful practice activity getting us thinking about writing using description and the third person and not analysing why we did what we did in the first place. We decided to read out our stories and then took some time to look at common themes/similarities and what ‘silences’ existed. We won’t include a spoiler here as we’re hoping to share these with you next week!

Next Friday is week 2 and you are more than welcome to come along (no need to have attended week 1).

In next week’s session we are going to:
1) Revisit the purpose of the story telling club and make sure everyone is comfortable with the activity we will choose together.
2) Last week’s group have given permission to share their memories, which we’ve typed up, so we will have a look at these together as a group.
3) We will do another memory activity related to Nottingham Women’s Centre: Describe a time you visited Nottingham Women’s Centre.

Reminder of time and place:
Friday 5th October, 1030am-1230pm
Room 4, Nottingham Women’s Centre

See here for more details.

It would be lovely to welcome you.