Rosebuds gets arty with Mentally Healthy Leeds.

Rosebuds is one of our groups for women who are living apart from their children, meeting weekly at the Tetley Art Gallery.  It’s funded by Leeds Trust as part of their year long support of projects working in the community to overcome loneliness. 

                                                                                                                          

As part of this important piece of work, we have been working with Mentally Healthy Leeds who have provided us with a wonderful worker, Belinda Sawyer.  She has been in to the group twice and run really fun and thought provoking sessions on the nature of femininity in the world and self-identity.  The women have really enjoyed these sessions, and we had lots of really interesting conversations, thinking about who we are as women and how we present and communicate this to the world.  From eating chocolate mindfully to making masks, we have really enjoyed the fun activities that Belinda runs.  We are really looking forward to seeing what she has planned for us next!  Thanks so much to Mentally Healthy Leeds at Touchstone, we really appreciate your input.

 

                                                                                      

Could you be our new Trustee?

Are you interested in joining our fantastic Board of Trustees?

During the recent Volunteers Week in June we wrote about our fabulous seven Trustees – the people who share ultimate responsibility for governing a charity and directing how it is managed and run.

We will be advertising for new female Trustees shortly and we are especially looking for:

  • A Treasurer
  • A Trustee with senior management experience in the voluntary sector
  • A Trustee who is a fundraiser or has significant fundraising experience

Our Trustees are a committed and passionate about the work that we do and their meetings combine hard work and humour to help make the important decisions required of Trustees!  If you have one of these skill sets and want to learn more about our upcoming recruitment and a bit more about us and our Board then give our Director Ruth a call on 0113 276 2851 or drop her a line on ruth@womenshealthmatters.org.uk

Here’s what some of our current Trustees say their favourite thing about WHM is……..

“All the staff and all the trustees have a uniting belief that women can and should be in control of their own lives and health. It’s a great team to be part of.”

“Attending the AGM always makes me be proud of what women can achieve, despite often extreme adverse situations. It is so positive to see how women’s lives can change, given the right support and help through WHM.”

“The staff are so enthusiastic about their work, and knowing we’re making a real difference to women who perhaps don’t have anyone else who really cares about them makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

 

 

A poem about moving on.

A woman who attends one of our group wrote a moving poem about her experience –

I have layers of pain all running through my brain
I don’t wanna feel it in my vain
He put his hands over my lips I feel him upon my hips
I just wish this was a dream but it’s all been seen
All I feel is fear
On my face there’s a tear
Don’t do it to your wrists
It will all be bliss
I wish I didn’t feel sad
Wish I could call my dad
Just throw away the key
Lock the door
Rose you’ve been here before
You’re strong
It will not last long
Don’t listen to that song
All the lyrics are wrong
Rose you can work hard if you tried
You nearly died
I need to find myself
It’s not good for my mental health
Think of the kid’s mind
Their feelings are not blind
Tell yourself why do you keep going back
Just think ‘been there, done that’
He’ll never change
He’s out of your range
Stop walking on the edge
Push him to the hedge
He is your ex boyfriend
Now that’s the end.

Feel Good is in full flow!

Our Feel Good Course for women with learning disabilities is back in full swing. The course focuses on healthy bodies and healthy relationships, which actually covers a huge amount of topics.  Women are able to go at their own pace and repeat sections of the course as necessary before moving on to a follow-on group where they can continue to build their friendships and look in more detail at subjects covered on the course.

We always get such lovely women on the course, so, inevitably, women make new friends. We often have a bit of a giggle, but still get to talk about some really important stuff.

What women have said about the course:

“I really like coz everyone was nice”

“It’s helped me be more safe”.

“I made new friends. Don’t want it to end.”

““I really enjoyed the course had fun and laugh. I really enjoyed it”

 “I can help other women feel safer”

“I loved this course, I really enjoyed it”

We also deliver sessions to parents, carers and anyone supporting women with learning disabilities to help people feel more confident to engage in conversations about sex and relationships in an appropriate way. We know that people often feel embarrassed to talk about these things and so the subject often just gets swept under the carpet.  This sometimes means that women with learning disabilities get most of their information about relationships from what they see in the media.  This can be misleading and leave women more vulnerable.

The Feel Good Course runs on Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm at the Old Fire Station in Gipton. Contact Danielle Martin on 0113 244 3729 or email:danielle.martin@peopleinaction.org.uk