Preston Road Women's Centre
Funded training, supporting their fire safety compliance
Having celebrated its 20th Anniversary recently, Preston Road Women’s Centre situated in Hull, now plays a pivotal role in tackling various local issues that affect women in the local community and beyond.
From its early origins, a group of women who shared common interests and decided to set up an informal social group. A more formal organisation evolved and started to provide support services, advice and tackle real serious issues that affected women in the Preston Road community. Issues such as social mobility, domestic abuse and girls leaving school with little or no recognised qualifications.
As the demand for services increased, the organisation started to support women from other Hull communities. They benefit from the organisation’s diverse range of services including social housing provision, registered nursery provision, domestic abuse support/assistance, affordable justice, young women’s project, training and volunteering opportunities and other support. As a result, it was recognised that they would need to move to larger purpose-built premises.
Following a timely conversation with Humber Aid Trustee Nicola Waudby early this year, The Preston Road Women’s Centre benefited from several team members, who hold fire safety responsibilities attending Fire Marshal training refresher courses funded by Humber Aid. This has helped to maintain their fire safety skills, better understand fire safety legislation and maintain confidence levels to perform their daily fire safety duties.
Accessing funded training courses from Humber Aid provides charities and not-for-profit community groups such as The Preston Road Women’s Centre, who operate under tight budgetary constraints with a local resource. It allows financial expenditure to be re-directed towards core services such as food parcels and other services that benefit their communities.
Ann Clarkson, Preston Road Women’s Centre, comments “We are extremely gratefully to Humber Aid. Several members of our team have benefited from professional fire marshal training as part of the funded training solutions they provide. The feedback I have received has been very positive and the team enjoyed the practical elements of the course and feel much more confident to undertake their fire marshal duties”.
Phil Shillito, Trustee, Humber Aid commented “We are delighted to support a great organisation which undertakes such fabulous work in the local community. This is just one way that local charities and not-for-profit community groups can benefit from working with the Humber Aid charity”.
Humber Aid continues to support organisations that meet its vision of shaping communities for a better future. These communities may include the younger and older generations, people suffering from ill-health, financial hardship, or disadvantaged communities.