We’d like to say a huge welcome to our newest trustee Kate Lawrance who brings a massive amount of experience to our fabulous board of Trustees! We always like to have a bit of a ‘getting to know you/ Spotlight on you’ post so you can find out more about the whole team. Here’s more about Kate and her background prior to joining WHM –
The funding for the Lloyds Wellbeing Case Worker is now one year in and I wanted to update everyone with a bit of information about my role and what I have been up to over the last 12 months. I attend Rainbow Hearts (group for women seeking asylum) most weeks and enjoy the opportunity to check in with women, meet new women and speak to those who may need a bit of extra support. I have worked with over 15 women over the last year, some have been just a little support with checking in at Rainbow Hearts and some have needed more intensive support.
As well as attending Rainbow Hearts I also see women on a one to one basis to provide emotional support, this can involve something as simple as helping a woman get out of the house by going for a coffee or a walk round the local park, or helping women to access support at other services such as RETAS, PAFRAS, Shantona and Bahar Women’s Association. I attend Meeting Point Women’s group regularly to meet new women as well as supporting partnership working. As part of the one to one sessions I have helped women to access volunteering opportunities through Voluntary Action Leeds, referred women for specialist counselling with Solace and supported women in accessing local services in their communities such as libraries and social groups. It’s a really varied role and I love it!
We like to give people the chance to get to know the team, this time it’s lovely Fi’s turn to be under the spotlight.
What does your role involve?
All bookkeeping and accounting tasks, payroll, budgeting, planning and fundraising. Managing the admin role of the organisation and being a member of the management team.
What’s your favourite thing about WHM?
The amazing women who work here and being part of a team that makes a difference in women’s lives.
What are 3 things that you enjoy going?
Walking with dogs, listening and dancing to music, hard sums.
If you had a magic wand, what would you do with it?
Bring in a basic income for all! So that everyone had enough money to live on and what you chose to do beyond that is up to you and your individual situation. Work, study, be a musician, start your own business, care for others. I know it’s all a bit pie in the sky but they have tried it out in other European countries with some success.
One of the women from our Leeds Domestic Violence Service groups recently wrote a poem for others going through similar experiences. She read the poem at our Centenary Celebration in November and we really wanted to share it with you.
What I want for you my dearest is that it stops here.
That your bruised, exploited mind and body
begins its healing here.
That you find within yourself the truth of who you are –
a unique, and solitary entity who stands alone,
who has her own song to sing,
her own story to write,
her own life to live –
free from the abusive, corrosive elements that wish you harm.
Hold tight my dearest,
hold tight to self belief as small as it may be –
just a spark perhaps –
yet as it breathes and lives your truth
it will set you free.