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The women’s centre is a place where members of the local community concerned with women’s and gender-related issues could access the resources needed. Women will be able share space and information in order to work together toward common goals. Women’s and gender-related issues will be the main focus so that the needs of women will continue to be addressed. PRESENCE will benefit mainly isolated and in-need women as Rivers continues to empower women seeking to improve their lifestyles and Rivers will support them to remove obstacles and challenges along the way. The wider community also seeks to benefit from investing in local women helping to grow, develop and inspire them. Encouraging community engagements enables women to better understand the community they live in and allows for organisations to better understand the complicate needs of our local women.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
To provide a safe space for women where their needs can be addressed discreetly and respectively. Create a central and welcoming space will have a huge impact on the local women and their communities. Provide a 'one-stop-shop' for women in the local area, and allow Rivers to respond to the particular needs of women in areas such as, literacy, employment skills, CV support, mental health and wellbeing, signposting support for domestic violence, housing, financial support. As Rivers has a diverse range of volunteers from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we can provide more tailored support for individuals or groups in a quick and relatively low cost manner, when compared with the larger and separate local charities/organisations. Grow and retain the peer-to-peer support volunteers who have been providing in the community and allow them to have a space where they can offer more tailored support; empower and provide more vocational training programmes to help local women
Steps to get it done:
It is important for Rivers to secure the venue as it is being hired at at a special community hire rate, if we were to secure a premise commercially our charity will not be able to survive. It is needed as the only one in the area that supports women who are socially isolated or excluded, sometimes through no choice of their own. Rivers provides a host of different services for local women within Crawley, including but not limited to: IT workshops, Summer Reading classes, CV writing and interview techniques workshops, health and wellbeing workshops, cultural exchange events and workshops and an open coffee morning group. However, the three main services that Rivers is known for within the local community is our weekly English language and Community Awareness classes; the ‘Rivers Employment Awards Training Scheme’ and Rivers SPACE which offers practical support and signposting to women needing support, encouragement and information from other women or organisations.
About the space
Crawley Borough Council