All women, teenage girls and children reaching their full potential
What are the needs of women in 2013?
This is the Women’s Centre’s bi-annual survey assessing the needs of women. It is an important way for us to understand and engage with the issues that women are currently facing.
We would love a wide range of people to answer the questionnaire, and it should only take a few minutes to fill out the online survey provided using the link below:
We appreciate your knowledge and time to fill in this survey for Lower Hutt Women's Centre.
The Women's Centre is for all women
All services, facilities and workshops are available on a self selection basis. This is important in that women need to choose to come. We don’t target a specific age range. Our facilities are used by women from newborn babies to any age.
The Women’s Centre provides support, encouragement and education in a safe environment for women. A primary aim of the centre is to provide a good environment for communication and relationship development. Communication and human connection is a key factor in growth and development, support and education services and in women, developing good relationships with family, children and the wider community.
We run a continuous range of self help groups and courses, e.g. Assertiveness, Self Esteem, Anger Management, Stress Management, Meditation, Self Esteem for Teenage Girls, Teenage Girls Support Group, Parenting Skills, Women’s Support Group, Self Defence. We also run a full range of developmental and education courses/workshops which include spirituality, creativity, self expression, health and art. Speakers on many topics include birth, writing, unions, publishing and women’s lives.
The centre fills a special role in that it can be quite anonymous, women can talk, they don’t need to fit a criteria, they don’t need assessing, they don’t need to pay. This service is used daily and is essential for the Lower Hutt community. The centre provides drop-in facilities. All women from all cultures and ages are welcome at the centre. The drop-in facilities provided are a meeting place for women, a time out space and a friendly environment for a chat and support.
We have therapeutic massage based at the centre, two qualified counsellors working part time and a homeopath working two days a month.
We have a library open to members. Information files open to all women on topics ranging from menopause and menstruation to rape, immunisation and cot death.
Since 1995 under a Ministry of Health contract we have been providing support services, self esteem, drop-in facilities for women mental health consumers. These women can and do use all the facilities we provide.
We believe women need specific services for women-only to work on issues of self esteem, assertiveness and parenting skills.
- The man/woman dynamics are not there which enables women to take responsibility for their own actions.
- Women can realise their own strengths.
- Women can experience the value in developing friendships and community.
- Women-only is a safe environment for some women.
- It shows the importance and value of women and what they do.
- This is a place to look at gender difference, roles and their own place in that.
- We believe the woman is the pivot of the family. Her self esteem and well-being is essential to the well-being of her family. Education and empowerment of the mother educates and empowers the family and the community.
Women can, if they have the facilities, participate in education and self development before crisis situations arrive. Women will know that problems are developing and we supply the facilities for women to begin work on their own issues so they can make positive choices and interventions before crisis situations arrive. Our main focus is group work, but women often come to the centre individually and most often after initial contact, the women choose to go into group work at the centre or at some other agency, or if need be a counselling service.