Angela Everson from Calderdale and Kirklees Womens’ Centre came to talk to us. We have supported the Womens’ Centre in the past, and it was interesting to learn more about the work carried out in Calderdale, Huddersfield and Dewsbury
Angela told us that the centre in Calderdale started 32 years ago but combined with Kirklees about 8 years ago. The work undertaken is slightly different in each area but predominantly they support women and families, children and young people in a variety of ways.
They work with male and female victims of abuse predominantly, but also undertake some work with the perpetrators of domestic abuse in some situations.
The work is varied. It includes one to one work and also group sessions. There are opportunities for women to have counselling and therapy. There are sessions to help women with skills, practical work, and to build self esteem and confidence.
Angela told us about the strategic work that is vital and how the Womens’ Centre works with other groups in consortium, how it is funded and how volunteers play an essential role.
It was a very informative session.