NEWS AND EVENTS
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We are refurbishing our offices. The Courses Team will be at 83 Market Street from 9am-4:30pm for course enrolments and assessments. All other services are available, by apppointment.
Eid Fun Day
Sunflower Social Group for Ukrainian Refugees
Join Riya, our Migrant and Ethnic Minority Women's Advocate every Wednesday at the Sunflower Social Group for Ukrainian Refugees and see how we can support everyone in our community. The group meets at the Watford Wellbeing Centre, 501 St Alban's Rd WD24 7RZ each Wednesday from 11am-12:30pm. Join us, Luther Blissett and Herts Mind Network.
In the Magazines!
Artist in Residence Event for WWC Service Users at North Watford Library
Join Sheila de Rosa from 9:30am-2:30pm on Thursday 21st April, at North Watford Library.
Spaces are limited, so contact Riya or Keely to reserve a place.
Living Well in Holywell event in May
Meet the team at the Living Well in Holywell event in May, and see how we can support you.
Community Domestic Abuse Awareness and Support Events
Meet the team at local Domestic Abuse Awareness and Support Events in May.
Thank you to Shredpoint Watford for nominating us as one of your chosen charities for #ShredathonWeek 23-28 May 2022.
Your ongoing support helps us to continue to support our community through our various services.
For businesses and residents looking to participate in this fantastic annual event, contact Shredpoint for information https://shredpoint.co.uk/shredathon-week/
International Women's Health and Wellbeing Celebration
Ladies, in collaboration with Terrence Higgins Trust, and to celebrate International Women's Health and Wellbeing, you are invited to a FREE lunch and beauty pampering event at Watford Wellbeing Centre, 501 St Alban's Road, WD24 7RZ on Friday 18th March from 13:00-17:00. Register with Faridah on firstname.lastname@example.org
See how else we can support your wellbeing:
Charity of The Year
We have been nominated as Redsquid's Charity of The Year for 2022
Meet Riya, our migrant and ethnic minority women's advocate, at these upcoming Watford and Three Rivers Family Centre Service parent cafés. See how we can support, empower, educate and develop you.
To continue helping women in the local area, we urgently need to raise £50,000 to refurbish the Centre. This would enable us to create a welcoming reception area and comfortable, sound-proofed counselling rooms. Completion of the works will ensure a safe and improved working environment for our staff and an enhanced experience for our clients, as well as enabling us to meet the increased demand for counselling and domestic abuse support services.
By helping us rebuild Watford Women's Centre, you will be helping many women rebuild their lives. Support us and fundraise for us.
We held a Table-Top Sale to raise money for our refurbishment project. Thank you to everyone who came to support us. We raised just over £200! If you couldn't make it, you can still support us to rebuild the lives of women in our community. Click on the fundraising link here #WWCRebuild
Women's Safety Event
We co-hosted the first "Ask For Watford" Women's Safety Event on 8th December 2021 at WFC Players Lounge.
Watford FC, along with our Community, Sports & Education Trust and the Watford Women’s Centre hosted the first 'Ask for Watford' event at the club's Vicarage Road stadium on Wednesday December 8, as part of the 16 Days of Action campaign.
The panel included:
- Peter Taylor, Mayor of Watford
- Kwame Tefe, Manager of the Moon Under Water in Watford High Street
- Kate Lewers, Founder of the Women of Watford supporters group
- Lucy Tearle, Community Project Manager for young people, Watford FC Community, Sports & Education Trust
We held our Virtual AGM on 27th November. Thank you to everyone who joined us.
16 Days of Activism
We held a series of 16 Days of Activism Talks on 25 and 29 November and 03 December
Step 2 Skills Best Partner Award Runner Up
Congratulations to our Education Team for their Step 2 Skills Runner Up Award. This is an excellent achievement, particularly for a small charity, coming second out of all education partners across Hertfordshire.
Step 2 Skills Adult Achievement Awards Runner Up
Congratulations to our learner and volunteer, Renata, who was the Runner Up in the Step2Skills Adult Achievement Award Category for "Upskilling By Volunteering".
Renata said to us "I want to say thank you very much once again for nominating me for the Adult Achievement Awards. I am extremely grateful to you and everyone at Watford Women's Centre for giving me the opportunity to attend the Awards ceremony
You have been very supportive to me since I started to attend courses and volunteering for you. You helped me to increase my confidence and my self esteem".
Covid-19 Community Champion Award Winner
We were invited by Cllr Imran Hamid to attend the first Overseas Pakistan Lovers OPL awards dinner. We were honoured to be presented with an award in recognition of our work across the community during
Watford FC fans raised £4993 for domestic abuse on International Women's Day
Watford FC Fans, Goalkeeper Ben Foster, Watford FC Women's Forward, Helen Ward and the Alan Day Group joined forces between 4-22 March 2021 for our #ChooseToChallenge domestic violence campaign and raised nearly £5,000. This campaign was part of this year's International Women's Day, an annnual celebration for women, by women. Funds raised provided urgent counselling sessions for domestic abuse victims.
Watford Women's Centre stands in solidarity with BLM Movement
We support the Black Lives Matter Movement and all those who seek to eradicate injustice across the globe. We recognise the devastating impact of structural racism on people's life chances across health, education, employment and justice. We will always consider issues of intersectionality in our approach to equality & feminism and are committed to amplifying the voices of black women in our work.