What we do - Support, Education, Empowerment and Development
Watford Women's Centre Plus welcomes any woman wanting to move onwards and upwards out of crisis or to a new phase of life and to realise her dreams. We offer non-judgemental support and up to date information so women can make choices and acquire skills, for achieving in a modern world. We also support their sons, husbands, brothers and daughters to resolve their dilemmas productively, and support their search for better relationships and work opportunities.
How we help
We aim to provide a friendly, welcoming space to encourage any woman to access our services. To enable people to make informed choices and take control over their lives we also provide support and accurate up-to-date information and a variety of low cost accredited courses and workshops.
Basic Maths and English courses help people gain the skills they need to enter the workplace or improve their everyday abilities and functioning.
Basic IT courses are aimed at those who have never used a computer before or who have very limited IT skills.
Many of our courses are run with the help of funding from the Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service. We are now funded for the 2016/17 academic year. See our news page June 2016 for details.
A variety of activity groups and workshops offer a broad range of subjects including arts & crafts, jewellery making, life coaching, assertiveness and anger management.
We also have a course directed at helping students improve their self-esteem and confidence and another on Domestic Abuse Awareness.
Our Careers Advice service offers support for men and women preparing for work. In 2014 we enabled just over 1,000 clients, by helping them to write their CV and apply for jobs. Our Volunteer Coordinator can help you take your first steps back employment or to learn a new skill thank to some National Lottery funding.
The Women's Centre supports women with domestic abuse issues using both one to one and group support sessions. We refer men onto specialist organisations who are trained to meet their needs. Last year over 190 people booked free appointments to see a solicitor regarding family, housing, and employment and immigration law at our weekly Advice Session.
And finally, we offer low cost one-to-one counselling, for both short and long-term clients. Last year people attended over 2,000 counselling sessions.
We hope that you will find the information you are looking for in our website; however, if you would like to pop in or ring, we will be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you may have.
Domestic Abuse - What is it?
Does your partner… intimidate you, check up on you, dislike you having friends, blame you for the way he feels, call you names and criticise you, restrict your access to money? Do you feel… frightened, lonely, depressed, isolated, powerless?
Read More at the Domestic Abuse - What is it? page
Counselling Service at WWCPlus
Watford Women's Centre Plus runs a specialist women's counselling service. We can offer women a safe, confidential and supportive environment to explore all kinds of thoughts, feelings and experiences with a volunteer female counsellor. We offer low cost short term counselling of 12 – 18 weeks or long term counselling of up two years in duration. The service works within the codes of ethics and professional conduct set out by the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Read More at Counselling Service at WWCPlus page
Would you like to explore where you are in your life, where you would like to be and how you can use your skills to help you get there?
We offer 1 to 1 appointments and employability workshops where you can meet with qualified Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) workers. During these sessions you can explore where you are in your life, where you would like to be and how you can use your skills to help you get there. The IAG worker will then draw up an action plan with you and help you to start on your new journey. You will receive support to create a CVand prepare for interviews as well as learning and training to move forward.
Read More on how we can help you on our CV Workshops page
Courses we offer...
We aim to provide a friendly, welcoming, space to encourage all to access our courses. Some of our courses are are open to women only but men can access some of our courses at Market Street and the Wellspring Comunity Centre, where we also hold regular courses. Many of our courses and workshops are offered at a low cost administration fee, typically less than £15.00 as they are funded by Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service (HAFLS). A deposit is also required which is returned after completing the course.
Each course usually runs for between five and 30 weeks. We have three 10 week terms which follow the standard academic year, with courses starting in late September, January and April/May time. The Centre also runs a termly programme of leisure activities, courses, workshops and groups.
Read More at Courses we offer page