We get to meet lots of incredible people at Together Co who give up much of their time for us.

Leila has not only volunteered for us, she has also benefited from our befriending service as a scheme member.

She recently came back to us for help and we referred her to Brighton Women’s Centre, one of many organisations we work with in the city.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Leila talks about her time with us and how the women’s centre has helped her.

Looking back

Having received help from Together Co for more than a decade, I look back with very fond memories of my time with them.

Back then it was called the Neighbourhood Care Scheme, but it has evolved to keep up with the needs of Brighton and its surrounding communities.

I have had some wonderful befrienders and attended some great social events celebrating the scheme members, volunteers and all the staff.

I love the socials as I get away from my usual environment and worries. They also arrange training for volunteers, yoga sessions, and a host of other things.

Consistent care

Much has changed over the years but the care, kindness and dedication of staff and volunteers to the scheme members has never faltered.

Throughout this time, I, like others, have seen our needs change and Together Co has been brilliant at adapting to this.

I recently needed extra help and this was something Together Co referred me to Brighton Women’s Centre.

I was struggling to push through my problems and see the light but the Women’s Centre was a fantastic source of help, offering online and in person support groups, and various assistance with their helpline and other projects they run.

Peer support

I wanted to join a peer support group to meet other women with similar experiences, just to listen and to see if I could offer any solutions to them or vice versa.

The group is well run, respectful to all and small enough that everyone can feel heard, supported and connect with each other.

I really do get so much from the input of staff and my new friends and this complements the work done by Together Co.

Looking back on how difficult and upsetting the last year or so has been, I can hand on heart state that with the ongoing help from Together Co and the new-found support from Brighton Women’s Centre my life is on the up.

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