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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DWC employment workshop: women build lego house to practise communication skills

This week DWC’s 2012 employment workshops kicked off with a session on commuication skills. Women received some advice on how to communicate more effectively and become more aware of the importance of listening and body language.
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A space to discuss issues affecting women with women

At DWC we recognise the importance to women of safe and welcoming spaces, so we were thrilled to hear that a group of women in Derby have recently set up Women’s Space, a network of women who meet to discuss women’s issues. Here Ruth Richardson, one of the group’s founders, tells us more. About a year ago myself and a few other ladies set up a space for women to share and discuss our perspectives on a range of topical issues, decided on collectively. We were inspired by other women’s discussion spaces we had recently attended.
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