Spotlight Interview: WHAG
This #SmallCharityWeek, we have spoken with key workers within our partnered charities.
WHAG was founded in 1981, working to offer support and housing to vulnerable women in Rochdale. They now run projects in Rochdale, Bury, Cheshire West and Chester where they provide a valuable service for women and men experiencing and escaping domestic abuse. You can find out more about WHAG by visiting their website here: whag.info
Today we shine a light on the fantastic Sharon Molly at WHAG.
Name: Sharon Molly
Job Title: Service manager Charity: WHAG
How did you start working for WHAG?
I was working in a community centre and a lady that worked for WHAG used to come to the community centre once a week to give housing related advice to the women that attended the community centre. I was at the time looking for another job and she mentioned there was a post advertised for an evening support worker at WHAG and here I still am 8 years later.
What is your favourite thing about working for WHAG?
I love the fact that everyone works together and supports each other. We all treat each other as equal, this is very important in the workplace. The management are very supportive and allow you to get on with your projects without interfering, they are always there for support and encouragement. There is a lot of trust from management which is a bonus because in previous employments I have felt there was no trust from management.
How has lockdown / COVID-19 affected your day to day work?
This has not affected me personally but in the work place it has. This is due to making sure everyone abides by the rules and regulations of cleanliness of the building social distancing etc. Once a rota was set all staff adheres to this. It has had an effect on our service users due to the reduction of face to face support, however staff ensure they keep in contact with our service users on a daily basis via the phone and have face to face contact with them keeping the 2 meter distance.
How has WHAG adapted to the current lockdown situation?
WHAG has adapted extremely well. We have and continue to follow government guidelines. All staff have adhered to this to keep themselves and others safe.
What are the best ways people can help the WHAG?
Funding is one of the best ways people can support WHAG. As a charity we are always looking for funding, even more so now due to our service users isolating and not having face to face contact with family and friends. Our service users need us now more than ever, we are providing them with things to do as much as we can and this includes spending money on items.
You can purchase items to help WHAG by visiting our Manchester shop, and popping "WHAG" in the notes section at check out. The link you need is: www.hope-revolution.org/manchester-homeless
In particular, activity items such as wordsearch books, colouring books and watercolour sets are appreciated at the moment, providing vital entertainment while social activities are limited.
What is your top tip for dealing with boredom during lockdown?
Keep smiling Stay positive Reassure others Take up a hobby Support each other
Thank you to Sharon for her time in answering our questions, and for the great work she does! Keep an eye out on our social media during #SmallCharityWeek to spot some more interviews.
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