DWC funding cuts “not good business sense”, says entrepreneur

Local entrepreneur and DWC patron Kavita Oberoi has recently spoken out in support of the centre in response to Derby City Council’s proposed cuts to our funding. She said in a statement: I became a patron of Derby Women’s Centre in 2010 because its work complements my own desire to see more women challenge barriers in the workplace and break the “glass ceiling”. The women’s centre does an excellent job helping women overcome personal difficulties, socio-economic inequalities and improve employment skills and confidence, which all contribute toward enabling women to fulfil their potential.
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New and improved legal surgery at DWC

The legal surgery at Derby Women’s Centre, run in partnership with Nelson’s Solicitors, has recently been expanded to include appointments under the Legal Help scheme. The appointments are available on the last Wednesday of each month. Rina, a solicitor from Nelson’s, tells us more. We can now sign clients up to Legal Help so that a file can be opened and any appropriate work can be carried out after the initial meeting. However, clients must be eligible for Legal Help and therefore need to bring proof of income.
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Our brand new creative arts workshops

Last Tuesday saw the first session of the new creative arts workshops running at the women’s centre.We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response from those who attended either of the first two sessions. Here, course tutors Laura and Hannah tell us more. Words by Laura Shackleton.     Hannah and I are students from Derby University studying Creative Expressive Therapy. We run a creative arts workshop at Derby Women’s Centre every Tuesday morning as part of our placement.
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Cuts to DWC’s funding no joke, says Jo Brand

DWC patron says women at a real risk if centre were to close Comedian Jo Brand has added her voice to calls to save Derby Women’s Centre from Derby City Council’s proposed funding cuts. Brand said in a statement: The assurance of a women-only environment, the confidentiality and non-judgemental welcome all women receive needs to continue in Derby. Any suggestion of a reduced service or closure amounts to women at real risk of having nowhere else to go or denied the choice of where to go.
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