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.

Meet the Team

My name is Claire Goodey and I recently joined the Nottingham Women’s Centre working as a Senior Therapist in the Renew+ team.


My background is predominantly in administrative roles around various sectors so I learned a lot about people and organisations and that I didn’t very much like paperwork!  Going with the ‘enjoying working with people’ trend, I began volunteering at ChildLine which led me to doing my level 2 and 3 counselling skills courses and through a series of serendipitous events I found myself at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Institute completing my degree in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling.


Since qualifying I began working in West Bridgford and started private practice this January.  Getting the job at the Women’s Centre means I have been able to leave my past administrator life behind me and I am happier than ever doing a job I love in lots of places meeting and helping lots of wonderful people!


In my spare time I enjoy painting and drawing, baking, walking, storytelling and reading – I have recently (finally!) read the  Harry Potter books and am excited about the new world that has opened up to me!