INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY VIRTUAL FESTIVAL

Following on from the success of last year’s International Women’s Day celebration, we are putting on a virtual festival this year.  Events will happen over two days, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th March.  More details will be available in the next newsletter.

You can find out more about the day itself at internationalwomensday.com

DOMESTIC ABUSE HELP

If you are experiencing domestic abuse and need immediate help, ask for ‘ANI’ in a participating pharmacy.  
If a pharmacy has the ‘Ask for ANI’ logo on display, it means they’re ready to help. They will offer you a private space, provide a phone and ask if you need support from the police or other domestic abuse support services.
Despite the lockdown, if you are experiencing domestic abuse, this is an exemption to the rules and you can move to another household for safety. 
Sutton Women’s Centre also offers a range of support including The Freedom Programme (details of which you’ll find below) and one to one counselling.  Please contact us if you want to find out more.

12 WEEK FREEDOM PROGRAMME

We are starting a new Freedom Programmes in February.  These will all be online.  We are hoping to restart face to face courses in the near future, once Covid restrictions have been lifted.   Please let us know if you would like to join.

This course covers:  
Rebuilding self-esteem
Understand beliefs held by the abuser
Effects of domestic violence on children and how to recognise potential future abusers  

MOVING FORWARD WITH YOUR CAREER

Are you looking to return to work or find a new job? Are you considering returning to education or possibly doing some volunteering?
This informal 6-week course provides you with an opportunity to review and update your current skills and consider new approaches to your job search. 
We will also look at education, training and volunteering as a means to updating your current skills.
Tuesday 23rd February 2021 – 10.15am-12.15pm

CHI FLOW 4 HEALTH

Energise your new year with Chi Flow 4 Health.
Chi flow is a unique sequence of low-impact movements based on the Chinese traditions of Qi-gong and Tai-chi.
Benefits
Builds muscle tone, flexibility and balance
Creates a calm mental state
Frees the mind of stress
Suitable for any age or level of fitness. All you need is a small space, loose fitting clothes and soft soled shoes.
It is quite literally, ‘meditation in motion’
Sessions held weekly, 1.30-2.30 pm      

CHAOS TO CLARITY

This course helps you to look at what you really want, gives you the opportunity to get creative and dream of what’s possible and enables you to get planning the first steps towards the future you want. 
Spaces are limited so please call the office asap to book your place.
 
WHY DO I FEEL LIKE THIS?
 
Linda Wood has devised a new course for anyone who feels anxious and stressed or for anyone with an interest in the subject.  The course will help you to gain an understanding of where feelings and emotions come from, why we feel how we do, to understand that feelings come and go and to learn how to feel calmer when feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
We will be starting our next course soon so please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved.

A HEALTHIER YOU!  



CREATIVE WRITING GROUP
We write and talk about books, films, TV drama and our own and other’s work.
Empowering, therapeutic and supportive, as well as fun and friendly  Women only and currently led by a funded tutor
New and returning members very welcome
Free – apart from the registration fee which covers refreshments etc for a year
Contact the office for more details.

WRITING FOR WELLBEING 

This course will deal with a mixture of Writing Therapy and other useful self help information on issues like personal development, anxiety, OCD and grief; as well as sections on other therapies like Mindfulness, CBT, Counselling and Assertiveness Training.
The course is designed to help everyone improve their own writing skills as well as their mood and self-esteem levels. All you need is a few hours per week, an interest in writing and therapy and a willingness to change.
Material will be sent out every 2nd Tuesday of the month for 12 sessions. This will give members plenty of time to read the material, do the practical exercises and their own writing. Please join us.
Please contact the office to book your place.

WELLNESS WORKOUT

Exercise is great not only for physical but mental health so why not join our free workout, every Monday 1:00 PM – with Adore 07498913113 Zoom Meeting, click link below: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71820088615?pwd=YUhDRXlEdUFYSDBjS2FIZHA4dGdsQT09
Zoom Meeting ID: 718 2008 8615 Passcode: pei9ie
Holistic health – bringing harmony to mind, body and soul.

REMOTE WINDOWS 10 AND APPLE COMPUTING HELP
 
From the comfort of your home, would you like to start, or learn more about using common Apps in Windows 10 or Apple, free of charge?   Digital Champions, Ann & Mary, can help you connect via Quick Assist; a Windows 10 remote tool to assist your learning. 
No download necessary, it offers a secure connection, we can see every mouse move you make on your screen. 
We guide you whilst simultaneously speaking on the phone (ideally on speaker mode). Zoom is on offer if preferred.
Ruth is experienced in Apple operating systems; she will be able to help you remotely if you use Apple devices using Zoom, or on the phone. No risk to anyone during the Covid pandemic. Video enables you to keep in touch with your friends and family, whilst complimenting your learning experience. Session times can be arranged to suit your diary. Sessions are friendly and informal; they will be no more than 1 hour. We can arrange to connect as often as necessary. We work at your level and pace, no schedules, tests, or exams, and it’s free!
If you are interested, please contact the Sutton Women’s Centre info@suttonwomen.co.uk
To find out more about Zoom, please click the link below https://www.digitalunite.com/technology-guides/online-collaboration-tools/online-meetings/introduction-zoom-meetings
To find out more about Quick Assist, please click the link below https://community.windows.com/en-us/stories/windows-quick-assist  

LEARN TO SURF THE COVID WAVE  

Michelle Dawes, a life coach, is running this informative session to help us with some tips on how to keep our minds healthy while we ride out the Covid wave.  
We were all expecting serious change and a bit of normality entering 2021. We had hopes of spending time with loved ones. Instead we were hit with further restrictions and a national lockdown.  
This is a difficult time of year for many anyway, even more so without our friends and family. The effects of Covid on the mental health of our nation are becoming very apparent.  
Don’t get ship wrecked. Join our free online session to find out how to keep afloat during these unprecedented times and keep your mind active and healthy.
Even the strongest minds are suffering. Don’t suffer alone. Its ok not to be ok. Children, PJs and greasy hair are welcomed. Book your place by calling the Women’s Centre on 0208 661 1991 or emailing info@suttonwomen.co.uk
     
VALENTINE’S KIRTAN LIVE!

Connecting hearts, join Corinne and Dipika to chant to raise funds for Sutton Womens Centre, with donations from just £1. You can buy your tickets and find out more here.      

ARMCHAIR YOGA


CENSUS 2021

Households across Sutton will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.
The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
Everyone across England and Wales will be asked to take part and the information people give will decide how services are planned and funded. Ultimately, it ensures funds are invested in emergency services, health care, school places and other vital services.
It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.
Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.
The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.
For more information, visit census.gov.uk