Week at Derby Women’s Centre “a valuable experience”

Liz, a student health visitor and midwife, has spent the last week at Derby Women’s Centre to learn more about what services are available for women in and around Derby. We’ve really enjoyed having Liz here this week. Here’s what she has to say about her week here. Liz in the Derby Wome’s Centre office “Working briefly at Derby Women’s Centre has been a truly valuable experience and has felt like being part of a family. From speaking to the women who come here it is evident that they feel the same and find it comfortable to talk to staff,
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Why women only?

A question Derby Women’s Centre staff and volunteers often get asked is: why is the centre just for women? The centre was founded in 1978 to address inequalities faced by women and empower them to lead independent lives. A lot has changed since the 70s, but unfortunately gender inequality persists. Women are at a greater risk of poverty than men, make up the vast majority of domestic violence victims (at least 1 in 4 women will experience some form of domestic violence in their lives) and are more likely to experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. To
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Derby Women’s Centre garden in bloom

The flowers in the Derby Women’s Centre garden are looking lovely in today’s sunshine. They’ve certainly cheered us up in the office, so we thought we’d share them with you. If you’re particularly green-fingered, have a go at naming the pretty white flower at the bottom of the post.  
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Local group hopes Women’s Centre will be around for many years

A local mental health group has said that it values the support Derby Women’s Centre provides to women with mental health problems and hopes that it will be around for many years to come. Niki Glazier and Phil Binding, coordinators of the Mental Health Action Group (MHAG), have written to the Derby Telegraph to express delight at Derbyshire County Council’s transferral of ownership of 4 Leopold Street to DWC, which will help the centre  cut costs and continue to deliver services.
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