Spring is in the air at Just for Women

Monday, 9th March 2020

Spring really has sprung at the Just for Women Centre in Stanley thanks to the support of Karbon Homes and Springs Roofing.

This is the first Spring for the centre's new serenity garden and the place is in full bloom, providing the perfect place for centre users to relax and get back to nature.

Last summer the Just for Women team, with the help of their fantastic volunteers, started work transforming the centre’s outside space. Through our ‘Unlocking Social Value’ project, we were able to help Just for Women make the serenity garden extra special, through a partnership with our roofing contractor Springs Roofing.

Springs kindly donated time and resources to lay the foundations for the garden. They provided and laid the stepping stones leading to the summerhouse, which the centre uses for lots of workshops. They also provided all the wood for the planters and flower beds.

Linda Kirk, the founder and Director of Just for Women, was delighted with the work, which has made the creation of the garden possible.

“We wanted to revamp the centre’s outside space into a positive project which will help to promote good health and wellbeing. We’re really please with the garden now, it’s a relaxing therapeutic space everyone can enjoy, a restful oasis which will aid the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional wellness of all who use it”

“All this was made possible with support from Karbon Homes and Springs Roofing and we’re very thankful for their help and hard work.”

The Just for Women Centre is dedicated to working with women who suffer the effects of mental health, domestic abuse, chronic illness, offending, long term unemployment, and social isolation.

The centre’s aim is to empower women to effect positive change in their leisure, work and social environments. This is achieved by providing a safe space where women can meet, learn new skills and look at issues relevant to their lives, building confidence in a safe and supportive environment. 

Karbon Homes first started working with Karbon Homes back in 2018, when the organisation secured £7,000 from our ‘Investing in Communities’ grants fund. The funding supported the centre's 'Cree Project' (a word that describes an idea that is universal; a place you can go to escape the world, make and fix things, find peace).

The centre runs a number of 'Crees' each week which use crafts as a therapeutic intervention to help those with high anxiety and stress in their lives.

Stacey Dobson, Karbon’s Community Connector for the Stanley and surrounding areas said: “The Just for Women centre is a fantastic place which provides such incredible support to the women that come through its doors.

“Since funding the Cree project last year relationship has gone from strength to strength, so when Springs came forward offering help to a community group in the area it was a no brainer for us.

“This project is the perfect example of local businesses and organisations working together to make their community a great place to live, and exactly what Karbon is keen to support.”