A message to friends and colleagues from Women's Resource Centre

Monday 16 March 2020

Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, WRC has taken the decision to close our office.
Our staff are working from home until further notice. We will continue to support the women’s sector during this time and we will still be answering the phone and our emails, doing our best to offer any assistance we can.

Please note our upcoming training sessions are postponed until further notice.

We advise all funded organisations to discuss grant requirements with your funders as most are adopting temporary measures. Please see this statement from London Funders.

We hope everyone can keep as safe as possible during this time. We must all work together to protect the most vulnerable in our society and do this as a community, with humanity.

One way you can do this is by looking at joining a mutual aid group in your area. You can find information on these here.

Women will be disproportionately affected by Covid-19 in a multitude of ways. Women are overrepresented in the care sector with the majority of frontline care-workers being women. Women are also more likely to be in precarious, low paying employment contracts that will be interrupted by the increasingly uncertain working conditions. Women and children experiencing domestic violence and abuse are likely to be deeply affected by coronavirus as self-isolation will serve to block support and safety routes and make it impossible to be away from perpetrators. Please look at this statement from Women’s Aid.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

There is an extended list of help, support and specialist services for women here.

Many of us will be feeling worried about the prospect of staying at home and being isolated during this uncertain period. Have a look at this advice from Mind on how to look after yourself and your mental wellbeing.

Sending you all our very best wishes.

The WRC Team