Welcome To Halton Women's Centre

Halton Women’s Centre helps you to help yourself with a range of services designed to improve your Mental and Physical health and well-being.

Improve your confidence and self-esteem through a ‘Positive You’ group course, well-being therapies and craft activities, whilst moving forward to achieve your goals and dreams.

Welcome To Halton Women’s Centre

Halton Women’s Centre helps you to help yourself with a range of services designed to improve your Mental and Physical health and well-being.

Improve your confidence and self-esteem through a ‘Positive You’ group course, well-being therapies and craft activities, whilst moving forward to achieve your goals and dreams.

Welcome To Halton Women's Centre

Halton Women’s Centre helps you to help yourself with a range of services designed to improve your Mental and Physical health and well-being.

Improve your confidence and self-esteem through a ‘Positive You’ group course, well-being therapies and craft activities, whilst moving forward to achieve your goals and dreams.

About Us

Halton Women’s Centre opened in March 2008, it is a three-way partnership between Halton Care Commissioning Group,
Halton Borough Council and The Relationships Centre. Halton Women’s Centre helps you to help yourself with practical activities
and emotional support to improve your mental and physical health and wellbeing. Get that ‘feel-good’ factor, to improve your
self confidence and self-esteem whilst moving forward to achieve your goals and dreams.

 Our Aims

Make The Most Of You!
Support Healthier Lifestyles
Promote Positive Mental Health
Have Fun And Learn New Skills!
Address Women’s Health Needs
Increase Confidence

Linda Williams

Co-Ordinator of Halton Women’s Centre

Meet Linda!

I have been the Halton Women’s Centre Co-Ordinator since June 2014. I really enjoy working as part of The Relationships Centre’s team. All members have a can-do attitude, as we know that what we do as a charity is making a difference in people’s lives. My most important life skill is having the ability to listen to what’s not said. Reading body language and wanting to find solutions that can help all involved is a passion of mine. The most rewarding part of my role has been becoming the Co-Ordinator of Halton Women’s Centre after volunteering. I am now able to deliver our ‘Positive You’ training course.

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Centre Opening Hours

Tuesday: 10am – 2pm

Wednesday: 10am – 2pm

Friday: 10am – 2pm

Hair and Beauty

Friday Coffee Mornings

Counselling

Arts & Crafts

Positive You Courses

Well-being Therapies

Case Studies

Sonia's Story (long term support)

Volunteering was a long term goal for Sonia, having expressed her wish to be involved with an organisation that supports people recovering from strokes so that she may help others and educate professionals.

We introduced Sonia to you in Qtr4 2014 and updated on her progress Qtr 2 15/16. Having recovered from a Pontine Lesion, received counseling and massages and took part in the Friday Coffee mornings and re-engaged with her poetry writing, Sonia reduced her attendance at the Centre to occasional. Sonia is now caring for her husband who has kidney failure but despite this she remains positive and has begun volunteering with Wellbeing CIC after a talk from a team member Lynn Swift.

Volunteering was a long term goal for Sonia, having expressed her wish to be involved with an organisation that supports people recovering from strokes so that she may help others and educate professionals. Another goal was to give talks, Sonia is not yet ready for that but our Centre Co-ordinator has encouraged her to share her poetry either in writing of perhaps speaking it.

This is one of the poems Sonia shared with us before she left.

What I was is not what I am
What I could do is not what I can
Change has happened and like it or not
I’m making the best of what I’ve got
What I am now is new and sparkling
What I can do now is anything
So it may take me a little longer
Yet each thing done makes me stronger

Julie's Story (long term support)

Our aim was to assist Julie in the interim, overcome her social isolation. At her Initial Assessment Julie scored 25/60 on our risk assessment and most scores were very low, 1’s and 2’s.

Julie was referred by an IAPT therapist after completing her sessions in March 2015 but had been referred to Clinical Psychologies for assessment. Our aim was to assist Julie in the interim, overcome her social isolation. At her Initial Assessment Julie scored 25/60 on our risk assessment and most scores were very low, 1’s and 2’s. Julie was having suicidal thoughts but no intentions. Julie also advised us that she has previously been hospitalised with seizures, she usually knew when they are coming on and agreed that if this happened she would warn me.  Our initial experiences with Julie highlighted that if her behavior was in any way challenged she became stressed and then had a seizure. Julie has now been diagnosed as having a borderline personality.

Julie is attending the Brooker Centre for a DBT course and is finding it very challenging and although she has no CPA or CPN assigned to her, she can talk to the Psychologists who run the course. However, it appears she is not doing this and the occurrences of seizures or crisis support sessions has increased dramatically at HWC. We have informed staff at the Brooker Centre and her GP, of our concerns as the seizures happen on Friday the day after the course and no other professional has witnessed them.

Julie remains one of our highest risk and high level support clients. Her latest seizures lasted for over 3 hours, she was uncooperative and advice from her GP and the Brooker Duty Officer contradicted each other. We have since had a safeguarding review meeting and sought advice, as a result we have changed our H&S policy so that if a similar situation arises again then the clients wishes will be overruled on the basis of ‘Duty of Care’.

We have suggested to Julie that she attends on a Wednesday to see if this helps, but she prefers the Coffee Morning on a Friday. We have since advised Julie of the policy update and been firm with our boundaries.  In recent weeks she has only required minimal support, we will monitor progress but she is aware that if the seizures continue we have to ask her not to attend.

May's Story

The Co-ordinator recently contacted the MHOT worker and updated her with our concerns and requested that she should not be closed to their services at this point in time.

May was accompanied by a MHOT member to her IA  (mid May 2016 ) where she insisted on being called Joanne. She informed us that she had epileptic seizures where she lashed out but just needed to be placed in the recovery position and that her medication had recently been changed which made her fidgety. After the IA the MHOT worker expressed her surprise as these points had never been raised before. The Co-ordinator asked her to check these issues with Mays GP before we could accept her as a client. The GP informed that no medication had been changed recently, the epilepsy was stable and that May had recently cancelled a GP arranged scan at Walton hospital.

May is proving to need high levels of support from staff and volunteers and her behaviour in open groups is causing some concern, as it is affecting other clients. We usually allow a few weeks for a client to settle in, as sometimes anxiety can mean that people are overactive, however we are not seeing an improvement. The Co-ordinator recently contacted the MHOT worker and updated her with our concerns and requested that she should not be closed to their services at this point in time. The next step is for our Centre Co-ordinator to have a 1-1 with the client and discuss the issues which the MHOT member is happy to attend.

Roberta's Story

Roberta gave feedback to say that counselling had allowed her time to step back and look at all her relationships and her own needs.

Roberta came in December 2015 for Counselling as she was struggling to cope with the caring demands of her parents and daughter with SEN and Diabetes. It was established that Roberta had not asked or approached any services for support and had little time for herself. When the sessions ended in May 2016 Roberta had started swimming, was having holistic therapies at HWC and we had signposted her to Halton Carers. She has also approached Adult services for support with her Daughter who is a young adult. Roberta gave feedback to say that counselling had allowed her time to step back and look at all her relationships and her own needs.

Maureen and Claire's Story

Over the last 3 months our Centre Co-ordinator has had numerous individual sessions with Claire whilst Maureen is in Yoga, in order to coach and signpost to services that may help.

We have a mother and a daughter (Maureen and Claire) who attend the Centre, originally Maureen (75) was referred by IAPT for help with her anxiety. They have attended Yoga sessions regularly since November 2015 as Maureen refuses to be left on her own. Maureen is a quiet, anxious and very polite lady when at the Centre, however Claire says that at home she is very dependent and demanding of her time and is increasingly volatile.

Claire recently attended Lifeskills with Linda and it became clear that Maureen’s dependency on Claire coupled with the lack of help from other siblings was contributing to increasingly stressful relationships and her own health was now suffering. Over the last 3 months our Centre Co-ordinator has had numerous individual sessions with Claire whilst Maureen is in Yoga, in order to coach and signpost to services that may help. Sometimes Clare just sits in a room and has an hour’s quiet time relaxing.

We have referred Claire to Halton Carers for support and researched services for dementia and how to get an assessment to help Claire get support from her Mum’s GP and family. As a result, Claire’s confidence has increased and she challenged her GP for a dementia referral, however after re-contacting IAPT and having Maureen assessed for CBT, they are now directly referring her to Later Life Memory Service.

Claire mentioned that she was having chest pains so we recommended that she attend her GP. She has had various tests and has now been referred to Manchester Royal Infirmary for further investigations on her heart. We will continue to support both Maureen and Claire and encourage her to have counselling.

Marion's Story

Marion’s confidence has improved, she regularly attends the centre speaking up in group setting which she says she would never have done in the past.

Marion came to our centre in May 2014 accompanied by a support worker from Community Bridge Building, HBC. Marion was isolated and needed to socialise and make friends, her cerebral palsy limited her opportunities to get out of the house. After a few visits it became apparent that Marion was in an extremely distressed place due to relationship difficulties with her husband and children. Marion however did not have the confidence to take the steps needed to help herself. At our suggestion Marion agreed to undertake counselling to help her cope with her emotions and understand what she wanted to happen in her life, that she had a right to choose. The result is that Marion’s confidence has improved, she regularly attends the centre speaking up in group setting which she says she would never have done in the past.

Sonia's Story

Sonia’s future goal is to give talks and share her story to help other people who have suffered similar symptoms or professionals to understand the experiences.

Sonia came to our centre in October 2014 as a self-referral as she wanted to increase her confidence in groups of people having lost her job due to illness. 2 years ago Sonia had a fall that meant she had to relearn how to talk, walk and think clearly. Sonia had started her recovery by doing crosswords on cereal packages! Sonia was having some difficulties adapting and dealing with professionals which was making her angry. Sonia undertook counselling sessions with one of our volunteers and after seven sessions felt able to move into doing Craft activities. Sonia regularly attends the centre now and recently wrote a poem for the first time since her head injury about the partial eclipse. Sonia’s future goal is to give talks and share her story to help other people who have suffered similar symptoms or professionals to understand the experiences. We will support her with that goal and her first talk will be at the centre. Sonia has said the centre was a lifeline.

Marley's Story

Marley has said that she would not be here today and still in employment, if she did not have the support of the Women’s Centre.

Marley was referred to our centre in April 2014 by her CPN, she was at a low point in her life as a close family member had recently committed suicide. Marley attended our Positive You course and undertook counselling to help with her bereavement issues and she made a memory scrapbook. Marley has continued to attend the Centre regularly for Crafts and has learned to crochet producing a double bed blanket. Other agencies have commented how impressed they are that Marley has begun to act for herself. Marley has said that she would not be here today and still in employment, if she did not have the support of the Women’s Centre.

‘The case studies are a true reflection of the positive impact on women’s lives, very uplifting! Continue with your great work!’

Faye Woodward

Commissioning Manager, Children, Families & Adult Mental Health, NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group

Join Our Volunteering Team!

We always require volunteers to support the rewarding and challenging work we carry out. Our current vacancies are a Qualified Voluntary Counsellor, Voluntary Receptionist and Voluntary Fundraiser, please see below for more information. If you are inspired by what we do, feel you have the skills required to support our work, would like to give something back to the community or you would simply just like to learn more about volunteering with us then please call 01925 576767 or email us.

Qualified Voluntary Counsellor

The role:

  • Provide support to young people and adults who have been affected by health and/or relationship issues.
  • Work with clients to create action plans necessary to change their life patterns.
Apply Now

Voluntary Receptionist

The role:

  • Provide general office and miscellaneous support to other staff members at the Centre as required.
  • Ensure the smooth running and organisation of Centre.
Apply Now

Voluntary Fundraiser

The role:

  • Provide support in raising the profile of Centre.
  • Help to raise funds to continue the work of the Centre as a whole.
Apply Now
“I started volunteering at Halton Women’s centre helping out with a sewing group when I gave up my full time job to study to become a counsellor. Eighteen months later they accepted me as a volunteer counsellor to work on a one-to-one basis. I therefore gave up the sewing group, and to be honest most of them were now capable of making things at home as we had taught them skills that they could use in their daily life. I am now a qualified counsellor and continue to work as a volunteer counsellor one day per week and also help out in the office one day per week. The counselling is very rewarding, to support someone through a difficult time or help them to change is a great privilege. It has also been very interesting helping out in the office. No two days are ever the same and I learn something new every week. We are always looking for volunteers. If you want to be able to help make a difference to womens’ lives, be challenged, have fun and be part of a caring team, then this is the place for you.” Jeannette

Volunteer Counsellor at Halton Women's Centre

“I have counselled women at Halton Women’s Centre for nearly four years on a one to one basis. I have always found the environment to be be very supportive and welcoming both personally and for my clients. Over the years I have seen the tremendous difference the centre makes to women’s lives and have found this personally rewarding. I would encourage anyone to volunteer as I have gained a lot from my experience and feel that Halton Women’s Centre is a very special place.” Rachel

Volunteer Counsellor at Halton Women's Centre

Blog

A Solar Smile…

Rita came to the Halton Women’s Centre to rebuild and regain her confidence of being in groups of people. This is the first piece of writing she has completed and was written to celebrate the partial eclipse of the sun 20/03/15… read more

Free Health and Wellbeing Workshops for Liverpool Housing Trust Tenants

All of us need help, at some times in our lives with the stress of day to day living. We are proud to offer a new free Health and Wellbeing workshop for LHT Tenants… read more

Happy Halloween from Halton Women’s Centre!

Well we thought we would have some fun on Halloween, so staff and volunteers greeted clients and visitors in witches hats, had a red pen for signing in and sparkling bats flying all over reception! read more…

Contact Us

Pendennis Court, Castlefields, Runcorn, WA7 2SW

01928 566073

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Help Us

Within any company, many employees may be parents or even young people themselves. Anyone can experience difficulty with their emotions and relationships, which is why The Relationships Centre is here to help. If you are inspired by our stories and would like to help us continue supporting young people and their families, please help us by volunteering, becoming a corporate sponsor or by making a donation…

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