Summer Round-Up Newsletter 2015
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Summer 2015 Newsletter - Round up

Welcome to our Newsletter!
While the weather has been bad, progress at The Maya Centre has been exciting- but we still need your support!

We would like to offer our congratulations to our long standing Patron Jeremy Corbyn in his successful candidacy for the leadership of the Labour Party. We wish Jeremy every success in his new role.

The Maya Centre also has an exciting announcement on the Patron front - which we will be delivering in December at our Simone de Beauvoir event. 
Locally, we have been supported by Sainsbury's and the international cosmetics retail chain, LUSH - more on those stories below. We're also going to update you on our Service User Group event - where the guest speaker was Jude Habib from Sound Delivery - who will be steering Maya's 'My Voice Project'.
Lastly, we have good news about our application for APPTS Accreditation!

We're delighted to have new sources of support, to add to those lovely people who have been our friends and supporters over our 30 years of service. Funding is hard to get in the recession, and more women come to us for help at desperate times. We could help more women if we had more money, so please keep helping, as much as you can. Thank you.



Simone de Beauvoir, Maya Centre Fundraiser, 1st December 

The Literary Consultancy has once again come to Maya's aid! With help from, Trustee, Rebecca Swift, this year's fundraiser will take place on 1st December, 6.30pm at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon. The evening is focused on one of the greats of French literature, Simone de Beauvoir, whose work has been such a positive influence on modern feminism. 
This event will be one of the largest sources of donations for Maya in 2015.
We would love you to attend! 
Tickets can be booked online here, or by calling the Free Word box office on 020 7324 257.

Big Thank you to the Freeword Centre and The Literary Consultancy for their continued support!  



In the City: Mod & SKA DJ Night
We’ve been nominated for a local Mod & SKA DJ benefit night organised by 'In the City' - a vinyl DJ club night in North East London. Playing Soul, Mod, Motown, Northern Soul, Ska, Rock-steady & 2 Tone. Each month the organisers donate all the money from door entry charge to a local charity. 

Please join us  for our musical benefit night!
Date: SAT 24th October
Time: 8pm-1am
Door Entry: £5 and £3 concessions 
Venue: T Chances, 399 Tottenham High Road, N17



Thank you to the Richard Cloudesley charity for awarding the Maya Centre £15,000 to deliver our 'Healthy Mother in a Stronger Family' project. This funding is for a counselling group that will focus on providing support for women who are experiencing difficulties with the relationships with their children (up to age 25). 

Thank you to the Irish Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) who have kindly granted £15,000 to continue our work with women of Irish heritage.

Big thank you to LUSH Cosmetics and the 7 stores which backed the Maya Centre with their Charity Pot on Saturday 13th June. The managers at each store were great and it was so kind of them to allow us to use the 'Soap Box Space' in their flagship store in Oxford Street to give Leyla Hussein a platform from which to highlight the key issues around FGM.  

Thank you to LUSH customers and our supporters for purchasing our charity pot, which helped to raise £1,119. This will add to the great work being done in the Dahlia Project, which is dedicated to women who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).



We are delighted to have been selected by our local Sainsbury's to be their 'Charity of the Year'. Alongside a written application, we were shortlisted with a local school and Bliss (NetMums partner). Shoppers voted in store via a ballot box and we received the majority vote! We will receive a year of fundraising and support from Sainsbury's Local 643-645 Holloway Road.
We’re very proud Sainsbury’s has recognised our vital counselling work in the community and we are now planning fundraising activities with our new supporters!

Legacy Fundraing
Tragedy happens to all of us and it's particularly hard to think about other causes when you have lost someone close to you. For that reason, Maya is reaching out gently to all of its supporters, to ask if you know someone who might be interested in supporting us after they have gone. This kind of memorial can do so much good for the women who come to us, helping them to live a more confident and fulfilled life. 
Please visit our website for information on legacy giving.

Projects and workshops


Psychoeducation Workshop

The Psychoeducation workshop is now in its 3rd round and continues to grow in content and popularity.
The  workshop is made up of 8 weekly  group sessions. September’s workshop was attended by nine women. The teaching combines mind-body learning and processing, and covers weekly themes such as the Unconscious, Trauma and Assertiveness. 


My Voice Project

The My Voice Project is a series of five storytelling workshops. The project will be run in partnership with, Jude Habib, from Sound Delivery, a specialist digital media consultancy with a passion for digital storytelling.

Starting on the 21st October 2015, each workshop will be attended by 8 women, all of whom will have been supported by the Maya Centre. The participants will be supported to use sound recordings and the written word to interview each other, tell their own stories, and create a record of what they have shared.

The project aims to provide a truly empowering experience and help participants find their voice, whilst providing a sense of community spirit, to help these – often marginalized – women to escape their social isolation. At the end of the project, the stories will be pulled together into a script and turned into a sound recording, with the testimonies being voiced by an actress to protect confidentiality. There will also be a performance of the script, with the style of play and content to be confirmed.

Complementary Therapies Pilot 


After a successful complementary therapy pilot in February we have been lucky enough to secure further funding for this project and we will begin our 3rd round of treatments this month. We hope to find out more from women how the following treatments could work best as a complementary part of our service:

Holistic massage
Weekly meditation class

The Maya Centre is continuing to evaluate the uptake, engagement and client satisfaction outcomes. 

In our last newsletter we reported on our application to the Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapies Services (APPTS).  A new national programme approved by the national body for psychological therapies and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.  
The application was submitted in early 2015, and we are  pleased to announce that the Maya Centre was awarded this prestigious accreditation at its first attempt, a significant achievement for this small organisation. Justine Pritchard led the application to achieve our APPTS accreditation, which was a significant piece of work as she rose to the challenge of interim Director. It widened our knowledge of other psychological therapies services and led to improvements in the systems which support our professional service delivery. Our new client network user network was involved in this process, enthusiastically taking part in the peer review interviews. 
This complements our registration with the 
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, demonstrating to clients, commissioners and funders that they can have confidence in the professionalism of the Centre and its staff. 

Thanks to Justine and well done to everyone who took part!


Congratulations to our trainees Pat Brown, Dawn Estefan and Jessica Kabra, who have now qualified after their trainee placement of 2 years at the Maya Centre.
We are delighted to accept them as honorary counsellors and thank them for all their hard work.

We are saying farewell to Carole Jackson and Diane Rogan-Sofer, our Clinical Supervisors, who have worked at the Maya Centre for several years. We would like to thank them both for their commitment and support given to the Maya Centre and wish them well in their future plans.

         ~ Community News Focus ~       

Open Afternoon

On the 22nd July the we hosted an open afternoon with the generous support of our local Sainsbury's and LUSH Cosmetics.

The afternoon was an opportunity for our service users to be involved in a development, delivery and evaluation of our services and to gain better understanding of what services we provide. They also enjoyed some wonderful hand pampering treatments courtesy of Lush employees, who came to visit our centre for the afternoon. 

Thank you to LUSH and to Sainsbury's for providing the refreshments for the event.


During the open afternoon our client focus group told us that they highly value the service that we provide. The Majority of our clients felt that Maya Centre should continue providing free individual and group therapies, with some services to be provided in other locations to accommodate the individual needs of clients.  

All clients felt that the complementary therapies should continue to run alongside our counselling therapy. A large majority would like Maya Centre to offer art therapy and opportunities for clients to engage in short projects and workshops. Half felt that our ‘Community Support’ and ‘Service Users Group’ should be available.
The feedback and comments from our clients have been most helpful in the review of our current services and planning for the future. We welcome feedback and comments from all our service users – please do get in touch with us if you would like to share yours.

The afternoon was also an opportunity for our clients to meet with Jude Habib, from Sound Delivery to discuss the 'My Voice Project' (as described above). There was a taster session, which generated a huge interest in clients wishing to take part. A big thank you to Jude for assisting us in delivering this forthcoming project, which gives a voice to women whose stories we don’t often hear and empowers women to find their voice.

It was a great pleasure to see so many of our clients enjoying the pampering sessions and willing to support the Maya Centre.  We would like to say thank you to all clients who attended and provided us with their feedback.

~ Service Users Group ~

The monthly Service Users Group provides continuous opportunity for all our clients to influence of how the organisation is run and to support the Maya Centre in providing services tailored to the needs of our clients. If you would like to join please contact Michalina on 020 7281 8970The next Service Users Group is held on Wednesday 7th October at 1pm


~ Your Voice Counts ~

Telephone advice session is held every Thursday 11am-1pm -you may call Michalina on 0207 272 0995 or email

Face-to-face drop in sessions are held every Tuesday 1-3pm, except last Tuesdays of the month when legal advice takes place

Our Vision:
The Maya Centre will be a place of change and growth for women 

Thank you for your continued support!

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