After selling her coffee shop business, Linda Kirk set some money aside to fund a centre in Stanley, Co Durham for women. Her dream was to create safe-haven for women experiencing abuse, mental ill-health and social isolation. Utilising a lifelong passion for crafting, she harnessed the therapeutic value of creative expression to help those women to transform their lives. Also, using her experience as a social worker and educational facilitator she is able to mentor and motivate women who need direction in their lives. As well as picking up numerous awards for her work, Linda regularly appears on radio and television.
Lestryne worked as a social worker for fourteen years before retiring through ill-health. She joined Just For Women in January 2011, as a volunteer. Her work included supporting and counselling women who attended the centre. Being an excellent crafter, Lestryne has passed on her crafting skills to many, many women. She firmly believes crafting is a therapy, capable of relaxing both mind and body. Lestryne is a Just For Women director, PTLLS qualified facilitator, as well as a Cree manager, which allows her to extend her support work to vulnerable women in neighbouring communities.
Debra (Debbie) initially worked as a volunteer with the intention of staying for about three months. Suffice to say, her time at the centre was extended several times and over a twelve month period, Debbie completed many courses including PTLLS, Suicide Awareness and Mental Health Awareness. Through her work with women at the centre, she also developed her own course – “Disappearing Woman”. Debbie is now a director at Just For Women, as well as a support worker, and Cree manager for Stanley Men’s Cree & Young Person’s Cree where she works with girls from the local schools.
What our clients say about us …
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“Erant accusata persecuti ex has. Vis ea labores offendit, solet maiestatis necessitatibus in usu. Enim malis cum id, dicit incorrupte eos ei, per et diceret bonorum. “
Our Mission Statement
- To be open to all women and young girls regardless of age, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.
- To offer service counselling and support groups, craft therapy and personal development workshops.
- To focus activities on women and meeting their needs.
- To educate women through seminars and workshops at the centre.
- Listen, understand and validate women in a non-judgmental, safe and supportive atmosphere.
- Be sensitive to women’s choices and life circumstances.
- Respect all cultures and differences.
- Enable women to have a voice through provision of opportunity, knowledge and support.
- Partner with other organisations to meet the needs of women in our community.
Empowering our clients is at the root of our philosophy and mission. We welcome all women, to provide support and assistance in a non-judgmental, non-threatening environment that will give each women the opportunity to be heard, to accept the equal worth of each woman and to value the individuality of her life experience. We are a community based independent service dedicated to empowering women through our support, advice and bespoke programmes tailored around the women’s needs. This service is run by women for women.
Linda and the centre have been nominated for, and won many regional and national awards for their work in the community.
2011 – Nominated for UK Women’s Social Enterprise Champion Award
2011 – UNLTD Start Up Social Enterprise Award
2013 – Winner of Evening Chronicle North East Community Business Women Award
2014 – Durham County Council AAP Certificate for Outstanding Community Service
2014 – Durham County Council Adult Learning and Skills Group Achievement Award for the Just For Women centre
2015 – Winner of Superhero Police Commissioners Award for Services to Women who have suffered Abuse/Domestic Violence
2015 – Finalist of APCTC National Women’s Mentor of the Year
2016 – Durham County Council Stanley AAP Certificate for Outstanding Community Service
2016 – Regional finalist in Forward Ladies, National Women in Business Award, Not-For-Profit Business
2017 – Finalist of First Women’s Awards Champion Mentor in UK
2017 – Nominated for UK Social Enterprise Awards
2017 – Nominated for Individual Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize
2018 – Nominated for British Citizens Award
2018 – Nominated and awarded the Town Mayors Award
2019 – Winner of British Citizens Award
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