Meet the Team
Find out more about our friendly and professional team:
Yasmin (Chief Executive Officer)
I have more than 20 years of management experience within the voluntary sector. This included the management of four different women’s centres prior to my current role, which I assumed in September 2008. Previous roles have included Deputy Director of NSREC (Stoke), Manager of NCVS (Nottingham), Manager of Black Women’s Resource Centre (Sheffield) and Connexions (Derbyshire). I have served on many management boards and until recently was on the board of Community Action.
Norean (Operations and Services Manager)
I have worked in the voluntary sector for several years now. This has included the East Midlands Regional Parent Programme Officer for the Race Equality Foundation, BME Employment Co-ordinator for the Race Equality Council and BME Parent Support Worker for Inner City Schools.
My role at Derby Women’s Centre is to build and support partnerships for the services provided by DWC, along with managing the staff and ensuring that services are running efficiently and effectively. I am also currently serving on many management boards.
Elaine (Services Coordinator)
I have worked as the Services Coordinator at Derby Women’s Centre since September 2007. I came to the charity world from a legal background and have developed my role to offer a service which is both caring and professional at all times. My role includes organising activities and courses, facilitating the Freedom Programme, raising awareness of DWC and helping to raise funds for our work, and supporting and advising service users who have experienced domestic abuse and/or mental health problems. I also worked as the Time to Talk Facilitator on our recent Let’s Talk project, which involved organising and attending mental health events, and helping to train the Time to Talk Champions.
It is a privilege to work at Derby Women’s Centre and meet the women who come here. I communicate with them by listening, assessing their needs and responding appropriately. I can honestly say that it would be hard to find nicer people in any other organisation.
Marvet (Counselling Coordinator)
I started as a volunteer at the Derby Women’s Centre in May 2007, following my first term in training at the University of Derby on the Integrative Counselling Practice programme.
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist and work with clients using different modalities as and when required. I volunteered at the centre until November 2014, when I was offered the post as Counselling Coordinator. My previous experience in management, and coordinating in the voluntary as well as statutory agencies, has prepared me immensely for this role. I am able to articulate myself in such a way as to gain confidence and trust in others, whilst presenting a calm and encouraging attitude.
I am also an experienced and qualified adult Education Tutor, with 20 years behind me, and work part time, with Derby Adult Learning Service. I teach Counselling skills from basic, up to L2 currently.
The work at the Centre demands a professional approach, but with sensitivity and a genuine care for human needs. I see my role and that of the counsellors as intrinsic to this, and promote a collaborative approach to working through regular peer group meetings and informal 1-1’s.
As a member of this team, I am happy and satisfied that we work with thought and care for one another, and I see us progressing to bring the Derby Women’s Centre to a place where it remains a sanctuary for women.
Rehana (Victim Support Worker)
I am the Victim Support Worker at Derby Women’s Centre, and work with women who have experienced domestic abuse. I offer practical advice on finding housing and to overcome financial issues. Where applicable, I also support women to find safe and secure accommodation in refuges.
Sue A (Office and Counselling Service Administrative Assistant)
I joined Derby Women’s Centre as a volunteer in September 2006. Early on in my career, I gained experience as a librarian in public and school libraries and then worked as an ESOL tutor in adult education. I have a varied role at Derby Women’s Centre and my work involves office-based admin, including counselling admin work. Volunteer office administrative assistants like myself form part of the background support team, which enables the more direct service functions to take place. My voluntary work here has proved very rewarding: I have felt it is a privilege to meet the lovely women who attend the centre and I value the opportunity to contribute to the caring and professional service which Derby Women’s Centre offers.
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