Where to Get Benefits Advice

As you may know, we changed the focus of our debt and benefits advice service a while back and it is now solely for survivors of domestic abuse (to help them to get back on their feet financially). This means that we can’t offer generic debt and benefits advice at Derby Women’s Centre but if we receive any enquiries about this, we will signpost them to other organisations who are better placed to help and support. One of these is the Citizens Advice, who have a lot of information about things like benefits entitlements and making the most of low
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Loneliness and Health

Many of us will experience loneliness from time to time but for some people, this can be much more permanent. Chronic loneliness can be detrimental for both mental and physical health but is often not widely acknowledged. In this blog post, we’re looking at what causes loneliness and the impact that it can have on everyday life. What is Loneliness? Loneliness is a state of mind, although it is not a mental health condition as such. Being alone and being lonely are not necessarily the same thing, although they are often confused. Loneliness can be a lot more complex than
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We’re Looking for Volunteer Counsellors!

As you probably know, our counselling service relies solely on volunteer counsellors, many of whom are second or third year counselling students completing placements as part of their studies. We have also been lucky enough to have some experienced volunteer counsellors, who have been invaluable in helping us to meet the wide range of needs of our counselling clients, and we would love to bring more on board! We have established an excellent relationship with the University of Derby, the University of Nottingham and the  Sherwood Institute and over the years, we have become a preferred placement provider for their
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Mindfulness: What It Is and How Can It Benefit You?

Daily life can be highly stressful and it’s all too easy to get caught up in worries and stresses. This can be second nature for many of us but there is a way to counteract it and take back control. The concept of mindfulness has become increasingly trendy over the last couple of years due to the potential benefits for mental health but many people are still unsure as to what it’s all about and what they could gain from it. In this post, we’re looking at mindfulness in more detail and highlighting how it can help your wellbeing. What
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