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!