Women Connect Newsletter January 2003.
No. 3 January Issue 2003.
Happy New Year!
WHAT'S IN THIS ISSUE?
Training Materials and Online Contacts – Free Tools
Website Design Support – Downloadable Materials
Women Connect Update Ealing Women’s Aid and St Helen’s District Women’s Aid
Research Development & Policy – Response to E-Democracy Consultation – Tax Credits
Useful Websites for Women – Networking, Learning and sharing
CURRENT ISSUES FOR JANUARY - TRAINING
Information Communications and Training for Women. This year Women Connect is making a big push to ensure that all women have access to ICT Training. We have complied a short list of organisations we have either worked with or May be able to help you. If you are connected to the internet you will notice that there is a lot of training information and resources available. Often this information costs nothing. But you have to know where it is.
Lasa knowledgebase website. This is a free online guide to IT for the voluntary sector
Information and Communication Technology in Education
5 minute tips such as how to organise your mail in Outlook. There are also website tips:
Happy Computers is a social enterprise that specialises in delivering courses to the voluntary sector. They are experienced in working with women’s groups and use women trainers.
Other courses in IT especially in Norfolk
WEETU is a not for profit organisation which works to help women take control of their economic lives. They offer a range of courses for women in the Norfolk and Waveney area.
\Web Site Design - Things to Consider for Women's Groups
So you want to have a website for your organisation or group. WC has created some guidance notes which may give you some answers to your questions on how to go about it. This paper gives an introduction into how to set up a website, it goes through the design stage from identifying effective design results, and thinking about what you are trying to say to what is the purpose of the website and who do you want to access your website? The aim is to get a match between message, image and audience, how much it will all cost and how much time you have to plan and maintain. So take a look:
Caribbean Woman Focus in the Community
Can anyone assist Esther Austin in purchasing/ acquiring a computer? Esther is a Skillset Millennium Award winner sponsored by the Millennium Commission. She has BBC training in web design. The award has enabled her to set up a project to benefit the local and wider community targeting women of Caribbean Heritage. The aim is to provide women with positive and inspiring information encouraging them in their personal development and growth. She is in need of a computer to continue to run the project as at present she is borrowing one. If anyone can assist in any way contact Esther at: CaribWomanuk@Yahoo.co.uk or tel. 07960 955135. Her website is: www.caribbeanwoman.co.uk
Anyone interested in tutoring a course for young women on web design for beginners?
The project is held at St. Martins Library Centre in Lambeth for more details please contact Tracey Skillern telephone 020 8671 3132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WOMEN CONNECT UPDATE
Cath has been visiting some groups and we would like to share the experiences of Ealing Women's Aid and St. Helens District Women's Aid with you especially in the area of how to overcome access to Information Technology and Training for women.
Ealing Women’s Aid
Ealing Women's Aid (EWA) was established in 1979 and is able to offer temporary refuge to twelve women and their children escaping domestic violence, at any one time. Cheryl, who works at the centre, mentioned some of these benefits; being in contact with other refuges which is particularly important in terms of knowing the situation concerning vacancies and having a means of communication for the women whilst they are staying in the refuge. It will also be useful for sharing information with the Ealing domestic violence forum and the Ealing community safety unit, for research work and for accessing information linked to the courses that the centre offers. Another benefit will be access to the Ealing Locarta scheme which started in 2002. It is the council housing scheme to enable people to apply for council housing and to move on from temporary accommodation. It is now possible to apply online as well as by telephone and post!
St. Helens District Women's Aid
St. Helens District Women's Aid provides a drop in centre, counselling, a training centre, a children's centre, a children's group, a refuge, outreach, self help groups, Merseyside Abusive Partners Project, a sexual crimes helpline, a male helpline and a 24 hour domestic violence helpline, First Steps Forward training project.
Women Connect supplied a PC that enables research to be undertaken via the internet by staff and women using the centre. They have a broad training programme called the First Steps Forward programme with the aim of carrying out courses especially for women within a safe and happy environment. Each course lasts 18 weeks and a range of pre-vocational skills topics are offered including: aromatherapy, embroidery, literacy and numerical skills, ICT for beginners, parenting and self confidence. Other services include counselling and guidance and cr?che facilities. All the courses make use of the internet facilities at the centre to investigate further interests in the topic being studied. The next course will start on 28th February. The courses are open to any woman who would like to participate and the commitment is 4 hours per week. The courses are free of charge and all travel expenses are paid for, in this way the courses are accessible to all. If you would like more information turn up for the Open Day at Reflection Court, 11-1 Canal Street, St. Helens, WA9 3JT on 12th February. It will be an occasion to meet other women who are interested in doing a course and the tutors will be available on that day. 90% of all courses are accredited and the tutors come from a variety of backgrounds for example the Further Education College, the Community Development programme, Family Learning centres, private tutors and so on depending on the requirements of the course.
RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND POLICY
"In the Service of Democracy : Your Response"
The government have now produced a report on the response they received to the consultation on E-democracy that Women Connect participated in. If you would like to see what their findings were take a look at the following:
CONSULTATION ON WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTH: What is happening?
A recent report from the Department of Health: ‘Women’s Mental Health: Into the Mainstream’ forms part of the government's commitment to address inequalities in the delivery of mental health services. It builds upon the earlier report: ‘Secure Futures for Women: Making a Difference’ which can be downloaded from: http://www.doh.gov.uk/mentalhealth/women.htm
The aim of the consultation document is to provide information, to generate discussion and to outline a strategic direction to mainstream women's mental health care needs.
More information can be obtained from Rachel Carter, Domestic Violence Development Officer (Voluntary Sector), Greater London Domestic Violence Project
TAX CREDIT INFORMATION
BALANCING WORK AND FAMILY LIFE
From this April, a series of measures, including the new Child and Working Tax Credits, comes into force along with maternity and paternity changes. There is a new change that entitles parents of young children to request flexible working.
What research are you involved in? Would you like to share any of your research with Women Connect? Let us know what you are doing in this field.
WEBSITES OF INTEREST
Do you have any websites you would like to share with the network? Let us know!
Rights of women have a website that went live in December, take a look. There are details of the advice line, as well as downloadable information sheets and other resources for those seeking help. There are special features giving legal advice on domestic violence, divorce, and child contact.
Mulitkulti- The Multikulti website aims to support citizenship through the delivery of culturally appropriate and accurately translated information in the following areas of welfare law - debt, employment, health, housing, immigration and welfare benefits.
Lasa’smagazine review provides up-to-date information on the range of DWP and local authority benefits. It alerts readers to forthcoming legislative changes, and keeps readers informed of case law developments.
London Action Trust (LAT)is a charity which works to break the cycle of offending and so create safer communities in Greater London. They work in partnership with the voluntary, statutory and private sectors, developing innovative, community-based projects.
Women's Institute for Individual and Political Justice
Ending domestic violence now!
ivillageAn online information network for women covering a wide variety of issues including diet and fitness, relationships, parenting, pregnancy and baby, health, work and career.
Justice for Women
The Minister for Women, supported by the Women and Equality Unit, lead on gender equality in Government. http://www.womenandequalityunit.gov.uk/
The Global digital opportunity initiative: Information and communications technologies for development: strategies and solutions. This initiative is directed both to providing a comprehensive approach to national ICT for development (ICTD) strategies, and to mobilizing resources and expertise to implement national priorities through specific solutions that can become models for other locations. http://www.gdoi.org/
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