October Newsletter: Groups & Exciting Opportunities.

Welcome to our October newsletter. This month we’ve been revaluating what support roles and activities would best serve the community. We’re excited about taking these forward alongside the usual services we provide and hope you will be too. A new exhibit, training for professionals, open days & Halloween fun! Read on to find out more…

Women’s Service

56 Active Cases

CYP Service

35 Active Cases

Service User’s Feedback & Achievements

  • Making new friends, growing a new relationship and moving on from WAO support.
  • Wearing what she wants to wear.
  • Not using alcohol to cope when life gets tough.
  • CYP disclosed that they have abstained from physically aggressive responses for over a month now. This was confirmed by their guidance teacher; ‘CYP has made significant improvements in managing his emotions and physical outbursts’ (Education staff)
  • Job interview which was a massive achievement for her.
  • Joining our Gardening Group despite not knowing anyone.

WAO Gardening Group

Garden Plan for the WAO garden.

The WAO Gardening Group had a fantastic first session and plans are underway for transforming the garden at WAO.

The group is open to all women and will run for 6 weeks blocks. If you would like to join the group, please email – info@womensaidorkney.org.uk There will be indoor activities for rainy days and tea, coffee and cake!

WAO Open Day

We will be hosting an open day for all professionals and organisation in Orkney on Tuesday 2nd November. There will be timed talks and presentations on all the services we offer and an opportunity to talk to our staff and find out more about what we do and what we can offer.

Training Opportunity for Professionals – Own My Life

Own My Life has given me an opportunity to have something that is my own again, a safe place and source of stable comfort each week. […] Own My life has begun my new, better life.”

– Participant in Women’s Aid Orkney’s OML course

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The Own My Life course is an innovative, creative, educational 12-week course, with a 6-week follow-on course, for women impacted by domestic abuse.

We’re now offering a 1 hour taster session for professionals on Wednesday 3rd November, 11am-12pm on Teams.

  • Do you think this course might help someone you know, a client, colleague, friend or family member?
  • Would you like to understand what the course entails and how to explain it to others?
  • Are you interested in how to enable women to join the course?

Please get in touch via info@womensaidorkney.org.uk or angela@womensaidorkney.org.uk

CYP SODA

Thank you to everyone who joined out Halloween Minecraft Party last week!

We saw some brilliant builds and spooky jack o lanterns and an impossibly spooky Halloween Quiz!

Following on form our previous ‘what is bullying’ challenge, we learned that self kindness is important especially at times when we don’t feel so good about ourselves and…..

‘We don’t have to like everyone and everyone doesn’t have to like us, but we should always respect each other’ (CYP aged 14)

‘We should treat people the way we want to be treated’ (CYP aged 9)

‘Its ok to make mistakes’ (CYP aged 12) Next Minecraft Group – Friday 12th November – Challenge, to make a giant firework! Extra challenge ~ Everyone gets angry sometimes, it’s a natural emotion, but riddle me this ~ is anger a good thing or a bad thing?

WAO Exhibition – A Moment In Time

“Using resilience, growth, reflection as inspiration when taking photos, got the old grey matter working. I’m not a “Deep and Meaningful” person, so exploring those thoughts and emotions were out with my comfort zone. That in itself was a challenge, but my own resilience came to the fore, and back came “How do I know if I don’t like it if I don’t try it?”

– Daffy

A Moment In Time is a collection of photography and poetry put together by women and WAO. It was inspired by 16 Days of Action and making women’s voices heard through creative arts. The exhibition will be at No 25 Kirkwall from 25th November – 1st December. The work and a selection of cards will be for sale supporting Women’s Aid Orkney.

Post Graduate Diploma in Human Relations and Counselling course in Orkney

Human Development Scotland are going to run a 2 year Post Graduate Diploma in Human Relations and Counselling course in Orkney beginning in August 2022.  The course has full professional validation by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland). The programme is managed, delivered and awarded by Human Development Scotland and leads to an award on the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF). It has been credit rated by Robert Gordon University at SCQF level 11.

Further details can be found on HDS’s website https://www.hds.scot/human-relations-counselling#PGDip or you can email Liz cairns directly for further information hrc@hds.scot

Getting Help

Special Thanks …

  • To all the fabulous, brave women who attended our Own My Life course last night, thank you so much for the laughter, fun, wisdom and courageous sharing, alongside telling us very valuable facts about giraffe’s!
  • Craig Mitchel one of our wonderful Health Visitors who recognises domestic abuse and helps women access our support.
  • Tyla Thackwray for offering to create a special WAO knitting pattern, more information arriving soon!
  • Salvation Army & Stromness Church for the harvest festival donations.
  • Kirsty Thompson for creating the Newsletter for the last few years, hopefully it’s new publisher will do it justice!
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