Spring Newsletter
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Dear Friends & Supporters

Welcome to our Springtime Digital Newsletter 

Spring is finally here, nature's reminder of new beginnings. As most of you now know, we've moved to our new building in Elthorne Road and we have a lot of news to share with you. We want to keep you informed of the ways in which our counselling service makes a difference to enable change in the lives of the vulnerable women we support.

30th Anniversary
The start of our 30th Anniversary year got off to a great start with a generous cheque donation from our friends at Pierene Press, which you can read all about here >>.

Capturing the years
Our short history video production is underway! Thank you to all those who have contributed to the history of our evolving service, capturing your memories from where our service began as ‘The Islington Women’s counselling Centre’.

Save the date
10th October 2014 

To mark World Mental Health Day, Maya Centre will be hosting a debate on the subject of domestic violence. To be held at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon. More information to follow.


BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped Maya raise over £500 at our recent Romantic Spring Concert, held on 16th March in conjunction with the London Medical Orchestra.
Sponsorship from Co-Op Food, Lola Cup Cakes & Morrison, with raffle prizes donated by Paperchase, Everyman, Hachette UK publishing made this possible - along with our Board of Trustees working hard behind the scenes! 

Increased counselling access for Junction Ward
In late 2013 our service was nominated by Cllr Kaya Makarau-Schwartz for the Local Initiatives Fund. Our successful nomination has lead to funding for our Junction Ward project, ensuring women living on housing estates immediately situated near the Maya Centre can access our services promptly. 
Preparing for counselling 
We were most grateful to the Arsenal Foundation when they provided us with funding, last year, for a pilot course preparing women for counselling. The pilot has been evaluated and has now developed into the ‘About People’ Programme, an 8 week course of psycho-education, information and discussion.
We believe this approach will be particularly useful in helping women with complex needs to engage with therapy.  Further funding has been provided by Islington Council’s 'Violence Against Women & Girls Project'  to deliver an adapted ‘About People’ programme within some of Islington's women’s hostels during 2014/15.

Our client group is changing
We monitor our clients before and after their counselling and we are finding that the levels of psychological distress, risk and emotional problems have increased significantly over the last three years. View referral & Outcome data 2013/14
FGM campaign continues
We are delighted that 'The cruel cut' documentary led by Leyla Hussain, who runs our own Dahlia project has been nominated for a BAFTA award.
 Leyla the co-Founder of Daughters of Eve & Hawa's Haven continues to campaign for a STOP to FGM in this country and abroad.            The Maya Centre has, in partnership with Manor Gardens Health Advocacy Project, have applied for additional funding to build on the very successful FGM survivors group we piloted last year. We hope to be able to provide ongoing group therapy and 1:1 counselling for the increasing number of women living with FGM being referred to us. 

Waiting times are reduced

We have been working very hard since moving to our new premises to reduce waiting times for both assessment and start of therapy. 
Click here for more info on our referral and outcome data for 2013/14
Thank you for your continued support!
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