On Tuesdays from 11:00 till 13:00 any woman can call in to our Tea and Toast (T&T) Social to meet up with other women, and get practical support in a comfortable, no-pressure environment. Vicky Coonan and JoJo Kirtley run the social and they are there every week for you to talk to or arrange a support session with.
Tracie of Talking Matters, one of the projects that has referred women to take part in the session, says:
“ Julia and the team offer various projects and support to the Alnwick, Blyth and Amble areas in a very relaxed and accessible way.
One new and exciting offer is a weekly drop in held at the Women’s Workshop in Amble. It’s open to all women and provides an opportunity to chat, share experiences and knowledge. Computers are available for use on the day and you can find out about training, get support with form filling or applications in a friendly and safe environment. This is a great resource for anyone who may have anxiety around arranging or attending appointments in a town centre or busy offices.
In addition, if needed you can get a 1:1 session with Julia, this is especially good for people who want to join a group or reduce isolation but may have had previous negative experiences. Julia works on developing a positive relationship where people are free to come and go to the workshop as and when they need to or want to – no pressure. She also keeps in touch by text which many people prefer if they don’t like answering or talking on the phone. Keep up the great work.”
If you would like a chat with someone before coming along just ring or text 07775 817544 or email email@example.com and we will get back to you within a day or two.
We hold the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation Approved Provider status because we offer high quality support to women facing challenges.
At the moment we can offer support for a limited number of sessions on a one to one basis, to women looking for support in moving forward or making changes.
You can request this support yourself, or ask other organisations that might be helping you on a time-limited basis to arrange to meet up, and see if we can be there for you when any specif
We can offer group activities to bring women together to focus on particular issues such as mental health, skills and learning, financial independence, alternative career routes, risk of offending, child development, enterprise, or we can support women who share a background such as migrant women, single parents, disabled women, young women. Members of our support groups are encouraged to take a course in peer mentoring skills so they can keep the support going amongst themselves and extend it to others.
We are also in the process of setting up:
- a young women’s group to meet on Wednesday evenings at the Women’s Workshop in Amble
- an LGBTQ+ peer group, which will focus initially on offering training to LGBTQ+ people who may be interested in supporting young people’s groups in the area.
We can offer projects to give women the opportunity to take part in creating something as part of a team, to volunteer or organise a work experience placement. Current projects include:
The Workshop – next steps with the self-build – activity days focussed on practical skills like simple carpentry, electrics, gardening
HERitage – an eco-tourism project for women involved in promoting their products and services to local and visiting women. If you would like a listing get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Young Women’s Project – a project which focuses on helping young women aged 18-25 gain employment or move into sustainable employment. This project is run by Vicky Coonan who can help with all aspects of the job application process, such as CV or application writing or interview help, as well as mentoring and additional support to help you build confidence and make positive steps towards a brighter future. To find out more, you can read more about the project here or you can email Vicky at email@example.com.
Women’s Workshop Collective – a social enterprise to involve women in providing cleaning, house-keeping and women-friendly care and repair services. We are building a group of interested women who are meeting on Wednesdays to create work experience opportunities, take part in a training programme, get support for self-employment and generate work that complements other cleaning, hospitality and care and repair agencies locally.
If you are interested in any of these offers get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or 07775 817544
We have a short programme coming up to mark International Women’s Day 2019!
12th – 19th March
This includes a celebration market stall at Alnwick Market, a guided walk and some workshops funded by British Science Week to encourage women and girls to get involved with science. We will be running sessions on practical astronomy, electrics and natural science. More information will be added as things come together!