We meet every month and are based at Manchester Metropolitan University (Didsbury Campus). We are open to everyone who has an interest in feminism and is willing to share their ideas. Drop us a line of you want to join our mailing list or contribute to this blog.
Self injury Support (formerly Bristol Crisis Service for Women) is a national organisation that supports girls and women affected by self-injury or self-harm.
We have carried out extensive research with women who self-injure, and through our work we have developed a deep understanding of the reasons individuals harm themselves and of the things they may find helpful or supportive.
We also have wide experience of the concerns and needs of workers in different settings and disciplines, and in developing good working practice.
I saw a post on Facebook that asked about what to din a situation that involved a man on a bus staring lecherously at women. There were some of the responses.
You can text British Transport Police on 61016 Ask perpetrators "Why?" (It's quite a powerful word as it requires them to consider or explain their actions. If they disagree, correct them and persist.) You OK, sis ? - which involves going up to a woman who is clearly being harassed and and asking her if she's OK, just to let her know she is supported
This group of people provide free cakes to children. It seems like a wonderful idea spread the word. Free Cakes for Kids is a community service to families who find it difficult to provide a birthday cake for their child. The cakes are baked by volunteers from your community with your kid’s favourite theme or style. Free, friendly and confidential. Here is a link to their home page http://www.freecakesforkids.org.uk/
Manchester has it's own black feminist group which meets both online and offline. The community also has a blog which and they are happy to publish articles on the subject of black feminism. The community provides emotional and intellectual support to its members. The only criteria to be a part of the group is - women who self- identify, originate or have ancestry from global majority populations (i.e. Africa, Asia, Middle East and Latin America) multi heritage and indigenous backgrounds. To know more about them follow the links below. This is a link to their website -Black Feminists Manchester You can find them on facebook and twitter - @BlackFemsManc
Some of you might have come across books from their shop at various seminars and conferences. Located in central Liverpool news from nowhere stocks a wide variety of books in a range of subjects which include- Labour History, Black Liberation, Irish Politics, and Struggles for Justice and Peace Worldwide, to Children's Rights, Women's Health, Disability Liberation, and Miscarriages of Justice (from their website).
I am thinking of starting an online directory on my blog with names and contact details of essential services for women. It will be good to know who to turn to in a time like this. I look forward to everyone's contributions.
Laweyes, doctors, support groups all are welcome here.