Women’s Health Information & Support Centre https://whisc.org.uk The Women’s Health Information & Support Centre (WHISC) is a charity dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and their families. Mon, 16 Mar 2020 19:58:05 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://whisc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/cropped-logo-32x32.png Women’s Health Information & Support Centre https://whisc.org.uk 32 32 COVID-19 https://whisc.org.uk/covid-19/ https://whisc.org.uk/covid-19/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2020 20:57:11 +0000 https://whisc.org.uk/?p=3041 Due to COVID-19, WHISC will be closing to the public at midday on Thursday 19th of March.  We will review the situation after Easter, or 14th of April. Please check the website at https://www.whisc.org.uk/.

If you would like a Listening Ear (speak with someone), please call: 07708 381568 & leave your NAME and NUMBER and we will ring you back, when we can.

Alternatively, send us a message with your NUMBER through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/whisc/ and we will ring you, when we can.

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WHAT’s On at WHISC – The Women’s Charity https://whisc.org.uk/whats-on-at-whisc-the-womens-charity/ Tue, 10 Mar 2020 13:42:07 +0000 https://whisc.org.uk/?p=2676 WEEKLY GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON FREE AT WHISC

WHISC is open daily for general enquiries. Please feel to drop-in Monday to Thursday, 10am – 4pm.
Please call us on 0151 707 1826 on the day that you plan to visit to check that the class is running and that the time is unchanged


All classes are FREE to attend but voluntary donations are always welcome.



  • DIRECTIONS – MOVING TOWARDS EMPLOYMENT: 10am – 1pm. Helping you develop your confidence and self-esteem by supporting you into training and education.
  • MENOPAUSE, GYNAECOLOGICAL, POSTPARTUM & PERINATAL HEALTH SUPPORT: Appointments: 11am – 2pm. Please call to book with volunteer Dr Ishrat Urmi
  • READING GROUP: 3 – 4pm. No preparation needed, reading materials provided on the day.
  • POETRY GROUP: 3 – 4pm. With Judy on 6th April.
  • MEDITATE & MOVE: 4 – 5pm. On 30th March.
  • SALSA CLASS: 4 – 5pm. On the following dates: 16th and 23rd March.


  • ENGLISH CLASS (ESOL): 10am – 12 midday. A class designed to help women learn or improve their English. Suitable for beginners.
  • MAKE & TAKE: 12.15 – 1.30pm. Craft session with Denise on 17th March, 21st April.
    & with Elsa on 24th March, 28th April, 26th May.
  • BELLY DANCING: 4 – 5pm with Miki.
  • EATING DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP: 4:30 – 5:30pm. Please call to book.


  • INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: 11th March, 10.30am – 4pm.
    Join us for our celebration of womanhood in all its shapes and sizes. Includes taster classes in Craft, Belly Dancing, and Salsa. Plus tea, coffee, cake and lots of fun!
  • MENTAL HEALTH APPOINTMENTS: 11am onwards. Face-to-face appointments – booking essential. For anyone who would like information about what support is available from WHISC and other local agencies.
  • YOGA: 1 – 2pm. On the following dates: 18th March.
  • STRENGTH AND SUPPORT: 2:30 – 4:00pm. Weekly support group for anyone with depression or anxiety. 


  • KNITTEN’ KITTENS CLUB: 10:30am – 12:30pm. Knitting, crocheting, embroidery and quilting weekly get-together.
  • MENTAL HEALTH APPOINTMENTS: 11am onwards. Face-to-face appointments – booking essential. For anyone who would like information about what support is available from WHISC and other local agencies.
  • ANTENATAL BELLY DANCING CLASS: 1:15 – 2:15pm. With Tara. First 4 classes FREE! Please get medical advice before attending. Beginners welcome.
  • THYME TO GROW: 2 – 4pm. Allotment off Park Road, Liverpool, L8. Please call if you are interested in attending: 07873318846
  • SINGING: 2:30 – 4pm. Lets make beautiful music together!
  • TAI CHI: 4.15 – 5.15pm. Starts 26th March.


  • THE WHY GROUP: 12 – 2pm. Self-support group for women.
  • UKULELE GROUP: 2:30 – 4pm. Beginners welcome!


  • SATURDAY CLUB: 11am – 2pm. A group supporting the integration of all women. 


2 part course on 9th and 15th March, 1pm – 3:30pm.
This course aims to help participants develop the skills to facilitate group discussion and support.

FREE 12-week Training course. Started 5th March (Still accepting new participants), 10am – 1pm.

Learn about new technologies in food production to share with your family, friends, and communities.

Walk In Her Shoes https://whisc.org.uk/walk-in-her-shoes/ https://whisc.org.uk/walk-in-her-shoes/#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2020 12:06:15 +0000 https://whisc.org.uk/?p=2978 ‘Walk In Her Shoes’ is a fundraising campaign to encourage you to imagine what it would be like to walk in other women’s shoes.

Below are the average steps taken by different women, including many of the women who use our services.

We know that women are the pillars of their families and communities but often don’t have time for themselves. To appreciate the distances that other women have to walk, we are encouraging people to measure the steps that they take and maybe increase them a little to match the steps of one of the women in the picture above.

If you would like to walk in the shoes of other wonderful women, donate £5 below and collect your pedometer from WHISC at 120 Bold Street (please make sure to leave your name with your donation). Then get people to sponsor you to walk your steps.

This fundraising venture is suitable for anyone. Please use our Facebook page to let us know how you get on or use #inhershoes on Instagram.

There are three ways you can raise funds:

  1. Pay for your pedometer
  2. Get sponsored to walk (when you have your pedometer)
  3. Sponsor someone taking part

All proceeds go to WHISC and the work we do. Please use the button below.



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Help during the holidays https://whisc.org.uk/help-during-the-holidays/ https://whisc.org.uk/help-during-the-holidays/#respond Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:20:50 +0000 https://whisc.org.uk/?p=2887

Christmas can be “the most wonderful time of the year”, but it can also cause stress & worry. Here are some tips to ease stress around this busy time:

  • Share out jobs so you are not left feeling tired out.
  • Do the jobs that are the most important first, leave the others till last. 
  • Take some time to have a break and relax. Just 30 minutes will help!

Need some extra support?


  • Samaritans – For someone to talk to 24/7  – Freephone 116 123 (24hrs)
  • SANE – Mental Health Helpline: 0300 304 7000
  • MIND – Mental Health Support: 0151 529 3247
  • Addaction – Drug and Alcohol Misuse Service: 0151 702 0655
  • The Brink – Family Support Group Thursdays 12-2pm 0151 703 0582
  • Free HIV Testing – 0151 295 8650
  • Sexual Health Abacus Central, The Beat, 6 David Lewis St, L1 4AP 0151 247 6500
  • Adult Social Services – 


  • Merseyside Welfare Rights – Debt and Housing Advice: 0151 709 0504
  • RAISE- Debt Advice: 0151 482 2475
  • Citizens Advice (CAB)- 0344 848 7700


  • RASA – Sexual violence support:  0151 558 1801
  • LDAS – Domestic Violence Service: 0151 263 7474


  • Red CrossRefugee support: 0151 702 5067
  • Refuge Women Connect Support / advice for refugee women: 0151 728 2323


  • The Whitechapel CentreHomeless prevention (central): 0151 207 7617
  • Creative Support – Homeless Prevention (north): 0151 260 9550
  • Riverside – Homeless Prevention (south): 0345 111 0000
  • Crisis – Homeless or at risk of homelessness


  • St Vincent’s Church, St James’ Street, L1 5JP – Tuesday 12.30pm to 2.30pm
  • St Brides Church, Percy Street, L8 7LT- Thursday 12.30pm to 2.30pm 
  • If you’re experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope and need support, text Shout to 85258.

We can help with urgent issues such as:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Abuse or assault
  • Self-harm
  • Bullying
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Workshops and Training courses https://whisc.org.uk/2019-workshops-and-training-courses/ https://whisc.org.uk/2019-workshops-and-training-courses/#comments Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:29:00 +0000 https://whisc.org.uk/?p=2588 With over 30 years of training and community outreach experience, we offer a wide range of health awareness workshops and courses. These are provided at our centre and via outreach sessions in communities throughout Merseyside.

  • Monday 13th May 10.00 – 12.30  Trainer: Maggi Williams   BODY IMAGE (£5)
  • Monday 10th June 10.00 – 12.30  DEALING WITH THE MENOPAUSE (£5) Trainer:  Maggi Williams
  • Monday 24th June 10.00 – 12.30  FACILITATION TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEERS AND OTHERS Session One (Free) Trainer: Maggi Williams
  • Monday 1st July 10.00 – 12.30 FACILITATION TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEERS AND OTHERS Session Two  (Free) Trainer: Maggi Williams
  • Monday 8th July 10.00 – 12.30 ATTITUDES TO AGEING (£5) Trainer: Maggi Williams
  • Monday 7th October 10.00 – 12.30 CONFIDENCE AND SELF ESTEEM (£5) Trainer: Maggi Williams
  • Monday 14th October 10.00 – 12.30 FACILITATION TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEERS AND OTHERS Session One (Free) Trainer: Maggi Williams
  • Monday 21st October 10.00 – 12.30 FACILITATION TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEERS AND OTHERS Session Two (Free) Trainer: Maggi Williams
  • Monday 11th November 1000 – 12.30 DEALING WITH STRESS AND DEPRESSION  (£5) Trainer: Maggi Williams
More Info

WHISC Outreach Health Sessions are not exclusive to women. Where appropriate we can arrange sessions for mixed groups. Please contact us for further details and availability.

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