Meet the team – Rachel

I’m Rachel Strong and I’m one of the caseworkers on the Training and Support (TAS) team. I’ve been working at Nottingham Women’s Centre for just over 18 months and, although it might sound a bit cheesy, can honestly say this is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. There are so many reasons to love working at the Women’s Centre, but for me, I think it’s so important that women have a space where they can get support with practically any issue, make friends, try new activities and learn new skills in a place where they will always be encouraged and never judged.

There is no such thing as a “typical day” on the TAS team. We can jump from supporting a woman to access a food bank, or complete a benefit claim, to encouraging another woman to sign up for a confidence building course, to booking a belly dance teacher for an open day …all in the space of one morning. It’s certainly never dull working here!

Outside of work I enjoy going to gigs and festivals. I love music across a range of genres and being able to watch a punk band on one stage and then a comedy folk band half an hour later on another is perfect. The downside is the portaloos but it’s a price worth paying!

Nottingham Shoosmiths Kick Off Charity of the Year with Euro 16 Fundraiser

The staff charity team at the Nottingham Branch of Shoosmiths, award-winning UK law firm, have chosen Nottingham Women’s Centre as their Charity of the Year – and have kicked off their fundraising this week with a Euro 16-based fundraiser. On 8 June, staff took part in dress down Wednesday, enjoyed a chip butty lunch, launched their Euro Fantasy Football League and took a punt in a Euro 16 lucky dip sweepstake, raising nearly £200 in the process! A huge thank you to everyone at Shoosmiths. All of us at the Women’s Centre are very excited to be working with the Shoosmiths team, it’s a firm which really helps to build a sustainable local community through its support of local charities, and you can watch this space for what else is coming up over the next few months.