Hi, I’m Ruth and I started working as the Grants Caseworker in the middle of March, just before the lockdown. My role involves making applications to various funding organisations to support women in financial need. Mostly I am applying for funding for household essentials, like cookers, fridges and washing machines, or other basic expenses needed for a decent life for women and their families. Funders are looking to help women who are dealing with many kinds of financial pressures. These might relate to loss of work or benefits, disability and health, domestic abuse and violence, or leaving prison. It is good to see that grant funding organisations are adapting to the lockdown and are keen to continue to offer help. My job also includes some welfare rights advice work. With help from the amazing Women’s Centre team, I’ve been able to get set up to work from home during the lockdown, so I’ve been keeping busy and working closely with the other caseworkers.
In my previous job I was working for Citizens Advice supporting people with universal credit and other benefit claims and queries. As well as working at the Women’s Centre, I am also working on a research project at the University of Nottingham about the experiences of people with learning difficulties who are looking for work. Other than that, I enjoy meeting up with friends, reading and listening to music. And I love to spend time with my three girls who are in their late teens/early twenties. We are all feminists but sometimes we disagree about what that means in practice – it makes for some entertaining conversations!