We’re so pleased to be able to say that our new wellbeing group has started! It’s a monthly group for asylum seeking women, funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation. The group brings women together to make friendships and reduce loneliness. Each month we’ll share food, have a go at crafts, mindfulness activities and much needed relaxation. It’s a fab way to come together and share our stories and coping techniques, have people to talk to and obviously, have fun!
In our first session we looked at what things we would like to do in the group, women suggested great ideas like going for walks, visiting local museums and trying new arts and crafts activities. In our December session, one of the members is going to teach us how to knit while we come up with a name for our group. It can be such a difficult, stressful and lonely time of year, so it’s lovely that we can all be there for each other while learning new skills. We’ll keep you posted on the kinds of things we get up to!
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:email@example.com
We currently have spaces available for our city-wide healthy relationships group for 13-16 year old girls.
The Key girls group is for young women aged 13-16 from Leeds. It’s for those who have been in an abusive relationship themselves, have grown up around one, or who have something going on that might mean they may enter an unhealthy relationship in the future for example low mood, low confidence or difficult family relationships.
The group meets weekly on a Thursday evening in the city centre during term time, we provide taxis to get to group and home again. It’s a 26 week programme with sessions covering topics such as staying safe, building self-esteem, healthy family relationships, the impact of abuse on children, identifying relationship abuse, CSE, self-harm and managing difficult emotions like stress and anger. The group is really friendly and there’s no pressure to share anything they don’t want to.
When group members have completed the initial programme, there is the opportunity to go on to our Moving On Group if support is still needed. Young women can contact us themselves or be referred by a professional.
For more information, a leaflet or to download a referral form, please see our website – https://www.womenshealthmatters.org.uk/what-we-do/the-key/.
*Please note that we also have a Key young women’s group for those aged 16-25, but this group is currently full.*