Parliament Petitions on Charity Tuesday

Hi feminists,

I hope you have had a great start to the week, the sun has been shining, the birds have been singing, and so have I- so watch out Sheffield it’s going to get especially wet and wild over the next few days!

Talking of singing, fans of The Daily Politics show may have heard the fantastic Jo Coburn in fine voice yesterday on the programme as her guests included equality champion and Labour MP Jess Phillips amongst others. The programme also featured a discussion on Apprenticeships and pay from a gendered perspective-definitely well worth a viewing!

Catch it on I-Player following this link

On a more serious note, (pun unintended) politics is also a forum for parliamentary petitions to be given an airing and on this Charity Tuesday, why not lend your signature for a local cause such as this 38 Degrees Petition by our network founder Judith Dodds

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster, there can be no time like the present with regard to increased transparency amongst housing developers, so please share this far and wide amongst your networks.

Fans of live parliamentary debate may also find Monday’s House Of Commons  afternoon session particularly interesting with regard to issues relating to housing on the radar amongst many others

And if you fancy hearing your voice echoing around the Commons chambers in Westminster, then a short journey to Manchester could be your destiny calling for The Parliament Project forthcoming event-

So no need to wait for permission, why not make it your mission in (Wo)Manchester to have your future electoral cards marked!!

Good evening and take care folks- until next rhyme!















Fems meetings Summer Siesta- September Starter

Hi Fems,

Welcome to the Summer Siesta for feminist meetings- but we will be back!!!

For one month only our monthly meeting will take place on a Thursday- details below!!

7.15pm Quaker Meeting House
Subsequent meetings revert back to the first Tuesday of the month.
Topical and timely subject matter from the network as ever, come along armed with your questions, as it’s sure to be a lively session!!
Have a fabulous weekend!!

Beguiling Birth Benchmarks!

Hi Feminists,

It’s Friday and after a long week, it’s time to talk about the F word-yes, not only is it Feminist Friday, but it’s F word film season at the famous Showroom cinema.

Don’t forget to catch the latest and greatest cinematic smashes at The Showroom Cinema look out for the F symbol as you check out the listings! The Beguiled is the latest in this series, and look out for The Midwife too!!

On Tuesday this week, I had the pleasure to receive an invitation from the wonderful Becca at Benchmark Recruitment to contribute to an interactive session in collaboration with Sheffield City Region, for the purposes of improving recruitment and retention in the area.

I would strongly recommend participating in this instructive experience, and did I mention free pizza?

For those of you searching for employment, I can highly recommend registering with Benchmark for all your recruitment needs, whether you are looking for temporary, contract or permanent work, you will find that Becca is a reliable person, an excellent listener with a proactive approach to matching candidates to roles, and Benchmark have the benefits of a city centre location, combined with the personal touch of a smaller recruitment agency.

So my best advice is don’t delay- register with Benchmark today!!

My Tuesday evening concluded with a trip next door to the fun and fabulous Showroom monthly film quiz, where I indulged my senses with a large slice of banana cake washed down with copious quantities of white and rose wine- plus seat dancing to the 80’s tunes in between the film clips!!

Scores on the doors between a team of four ended with 34 out of 60 which certainly wasn’t to be quaffed at, all in all an evening of good lighthearted fun was had by all!!




Colour your life with A-dorable volunteer opportunities at The Rainbow Cafe!!

Happy Sunday feminists!

Hope many of you across the country took Pride in celebrating yesterday at a local event- don’t forget Sheffield’s very own festival will soon be here so don’t miss out!! For details of this year’s planned schedule- follow the link below:

Why not take flight into a kaleidoscope of opportunity at The Rainbow Cafe in honour of the late Dora Daniel.



Research and Communications Volunteer 


Spirit of the Rainbow Heron
The organisation known as Spirit of the Rainbow Heron is based in Sheffield. It has been set up to commemorate the life and spirit of Dora Rachel Franks Daniel, who passed on from this life on 8th February 2015, just before her 28th birthday. Dora worked as Community Liaison for the University of Sheffield Students Union Volunteering Programme; she was well known across the city and had a positive impact in many ways. Dora was open about her own struggles with mental health; her bravery around this was inspiring and it translated into care for others. You can read more about her at

Rainbow Heron Late Night Art Cafe

The purpose of the Rainbow Heron Late Night Art Café is to promote wellbeing for young people through providing a regular safe space, with peer support and creative activities for relaxation, fun, self-expression, exploration, healing and sharing: a crisis prevention model for young people experiencing mental health problems. The ethos will be one of peer support and we intend that all who take part (guests, volunteers, artists and staff) will benefit from it. It is mainly run by young volunteers, with a range of local artists and wellbeing professionals contributing one-off sessions. The project has been recognised as an innovative and much-needed resource; it counts on moral support and collaboration from a range of public and community sector organisations. This is a new one-year pilot project, which we plan to be continued.

The café is happening every Sunday evening from 7.30pm to 11.30pm at Regather [57 – 59 Club Garden Road, S11 8BU]


Research and Communications Volunteer

There is already a lot being done nationally and locally, which helps to raise awareness about young people and mental health and/or provides the chance to share experiences and/or deepens our understanding about mental health issues. We are looking for someone with an interest in research to help us draw together what is available and make it accessible to our target audiences. This is an important, exciting and creative task for the right person, helping to develop positive action out of research.


Key attributes for this volunteer post include:

  • Experience and confidence with a range of media and communications [online and hard copy]
  • Capacity and willingness to branch out into new areas of knowledge and ways of working
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently as appropriate and agreed with the project managers, as well as with our Social Media Volunteer
  • Ability to analyse and synthesise a range of information.
  • Good clear concise writing (and speaking) skills
  • Ability to commit 6 – 12 months to the project and at least 4 hours a week


We can’t offer anyone a formal placement (eg as part of a course of study) but we can provide valuable media experience in an innovative environment. We’re a small friendly team and we’re here to help you get the most out of your volunteering role, and will can offer you professional support and development opportunities.


Responsibilities (depending on skills and experience)

  • Maintaining a Rainbow Heron News Page [platform to be discussed and set up]
  • Checking the news [newspaper / TV / Radio / blogs] and providing a news feed
  • Summarising 5 key weekly news topics [eg medical research; approaches to support; individual stories; political angles; new perspectives]
  • Checking key campaigns and related activities of relevant national / regional /local organisations
  • Summarising / highlighting campaign issues for local action / attention
  • Checking and summarising local news from statutory and voluntary sectors eg NHS, Sheffield Council, CCG, Healthwatch, Chilypep, Youth Commissioners, Young People’s Mental Health Champions, the Art House
  • Maintaining contact with local organisations to avoid duplication of effort, as regards communications  [NB some of this is already being done eg by Sheffield Flourish]
  • Checking and summarising the media for relevant activities under the “creative arts for mental health” umbrella
  • Highlighting and linking to “things we like” under the creative arts for mental health umbrella [inter/national and local]: ways of working; products to enjoy; outcomes to learn from; new things to try
  • Checking out and sharing other relevant social media platforms [eg Makeup and Mirtazapine; The Mighty; Rethink; Heads Together; Dragon Café etc]
  • Writing summaries, news, blogs, stories, case studies and short reports
  • Maintaining contact with relevant organisations, local and national and contributing short pieces for their websites /newsletters, as appropriate and agreed


What you can learn / how you will benefit while volunteering:

  • The basics about mental health and the issues faced by young people struggling with mental health.
  • The role of Rainbow Heron.
  • The role of a Rainbow Heron volunteer, including boundaries of the role.
  • We will help you to promote and grow confidence while learning to empower and give encouragement to others.
  • We will provide you with new skills and perspectives, and value the skills and perspectives you bring to the organisation.
  • You will be able to increase your contact with the local community we serve.
  • We will seek your views in matters relating to the work of the organisation.

Opportunities for personal and professional development:

  • On-going support from team leaders and exchange of experiences with other volunteers.
  • Involvement in other Rainbow Heron activities, such as raising awareness about the Rainbow Heron project and mental health and take part in creative activity.
  • Set SMART goals with your volunteer coordinator for developing areas you are interested in personally.
  • Job reference
  • A positive and friendly work environment
  • Reasonable travel expenses covered
  • Flexible working: mainly home-based; ideally at least 4hrs per week up to 3 days max.


How to apply:
Contact our Project Coordinator Charly Calpin for a Volunteer Recruitment Form and further information:


Read more:    Rainbow Heron Café on Facebook



Finishing the bird theme with a little musical interlude from the legendary Ella Fitzgerald

While we are also concerning ourselves with the subject of Pride, I would be interested to know what does pride mean to followers of the feminist network, and how as feminists do we incorporate pride both into our daily lives, and personal belief systems?

Why not drop me a line through this blog if you would like to have your say on this topic.

I will leave you with an article from the mighty MS magazine about the life of a woman who demonstrated immense pride in her lifetime, pioneering the use of this title Sheila Michaels who sadly passed away this week- she was an inspiration to every miss, ms, and Mrs everywhere!!















July job-board- Sky’s the limit at Vida, fabulous five at Ashiana!

Hi folks, 

Here’s your update of the latest July jobs for women!!

Vida are currently recruiting for a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, and you could be one of the fab five at Ashiana as an Anti-trafficking Outreach worker!!


Vida are advertising a half-time post of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

Hours:             Half-time [up to 18.75 hours]

Duration:        fixed term – 1 year initially, subject to funding

Salary:             NJC Scale SO1 points 29-31 [£25,951–27,668 at 2017-18 rate]

The post offers an excellent development opportunity for someone, with the appropriate skills and experience, to join our Eva Therapy Service for women and girls affected by domestic and sexual abuse and trauma.

Current priorities are to work with the Eva Clinical Manager to extend the reach of our Eva Servicesto younger women and girls affected by any form of abuse, and from a broader range of backgrounds and abilities. VIDA are working with partners in the voluntary and statutory sector to develop collaborative working and referral pathways. 


Post available to women only, in accordance with The Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1.

We particularly encourage applications from women from Black and minority ethnic communities and with community language skills.

Enhanced DBS checks are made for successful candidates.

See attached: Job Description/Person Spec & Application form and advert flyer

The documents can also be downloaded from the VIDA website at

Return by email to:  Tel: (0114) 275 0101  Fax: (0114) 278 1308

or by post to: VIDA Sheffield, Knowle House, 4 Norfolk Park Road, Sheffield S2 3QE

Closing date: 10am Monday 24 July 2017

Interviews: Tuesday 1 August 2017



Jane McClaren, our Eva Clinical Manager, is leaping from a moving plane on 25 July [with one of our service users and Tracy’s plucky daughter] to raise funds for our much needed Eva Therapy Service for women & girls affected by abuse and trauma.

Huge thanks to anyone who managed to donate on 22 June before the Match Funding ran out – after only 35 minutes!

It’s still really easy to support them by clicking one of their fundraiser buttons on our Localgiving page URL:

Thanks folks – every little really does help!



Would like to employ: 


Female Anti- Trafficking Outreach Workers 


Salary: £18,500 – £21,000 (dependent on experience) 

Full-time – 37 hours per week 


Ashiana supports Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee clients who have experienced domestic violence or who have been trafficked into the UK for the purposes of sexual exploitation or domestic slavery. 


We would like to recruit full-time workers to provide outreach support to victims of trafficking who are living in the wider community. The support will be provided to clients living in the following regions: 


South Yorkshire 

West Yorkshire 

North West / other regions (essential car-user) 

East Midlands  


Successful candidates will be locality-based. 


You should be aware of the realities and impacts of trafficking, and the legislation affecting this group of people. 


*Exempt under the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, Part 1 


For an informal discussion about these posts, please call Rachel Mullan-Feroze on 0114 2555740 

For an application pack please email: or download from Ashiana’s website 

Closing date for applications: 28th July 5pm 







More dates than Channel 4!!

Have a first date with WEP on July tenth 7pm to 8.30 pm at Union Street Cafe- new members are all Welcome!!!

If you have never been to a WEP meeting, this is the one for you!!


Our “I’ve never been to a WEP meeting before” meeting


Join our nifty fifties for a whole series of dates!!!
Maggie McCarthy <>
Subject: Feminists Over Fifty

Zoobies Feminist Social
We will be meeting on Tuesday July  4th 10.30 am in Zoobies Café (just inside the Winter Gardens when approached from Tudor Square).   Do just turn up – we will be glad to see you.  Sandra is hosting.
Showroom Feminist Social
We will be meeting on Wednesday July 12th at 10.30 am in the Showroom Cafe. Come and join us – you will be most welcome. Rosemary is hosting.
Feminist Discussion Group
We will be meeting on Monday July 17th at 10.15 am in Room 1 in the Quaker Meeting House.  The topic for discussion will be: Feminism and Religion.  Please contact me to book a place.  There will be a pre-meeting at 9.15am to discuss the meetings rooms etc.  Everyone is welcome.
Feminists in the Pub
We are meeting on Tuesday July 25th at 7.30 pm in Sheaf Island, Wards Brewery, Ecclesall Road.  Just turn up, we will be glad to see you.  Linda and Maggie are hosting.