Women’s centre name change but same vision

Platform 51 Women's Centre receive �2,000 from Doncaster Chamber of Commerce. Back L-R are Chamber chief executive Howard Gannaway, Mayor Peter Davies, Cllr Cynthia Ramsome, DMBC policy and partnership officer John Leask, Wild Project co-ordinator Sharon Adams, and centre finance manager Nicky Birkinshaw. Front L-R are Cllr Andrea Milner, volunteer Miriam Eshag, and centre manager Diane Derbyshire. Picture: Liz Mockler D8196LM

Platform 51 Women's Centre receive �2,000 from Doncaster Chamber of Commerce. Back L-R are Chamber chief executive Howard Gannaway, Mayor Peter Davies, Cllr Cynthia Ramsome, DMBC policy and partnership officer John Leask, Wild Project co-ordinator Sharon Adams, and centre finance manager Nicky Birkinshaw. Front L-R are Cllr Andrea Milner, volunteer Miriam Eshag, and centre manager Diane Derbyshire. Picture: Liz Mockler D8196LM

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A WOMEN’S group has undergone a name change - but the passion and vision remain the same.

Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) is now called Platform 51 to reflect changes in society and the needs and expectations of women.

The re-launched centre in Cleveland street, that received £2,000 from Doncaster Chamber of Commerce to mark the launch, provides specific programmes for a range of different group of girls and women.

Platform 51 helps women and girls, including those who offend and those that are at risk of offending, those not in education and those affected by domestic violence.

A spokesman for the group said: “The name more accurately represents who we are and what we do as 51 per cent of people are female, and girls and women use us as a platform to have their say and as a place from where they can move into the next stage of their lives.

“Make no mistake, what remains the same is our passion to help girls and women as they take control of their lives.”

To co-incide the new name a new campaign has also been launched following a new report revealing the state of girls’ and women’s mental health.

The campaign, ‘Women Like Me: supporting wellbeing in girls and women’, is being launched by Platform 51 after research, including with clients, reveals generations of women in crisis - with three in five girls and women feeling that low-level mental health problems have negatively affected their lives.

Often these problems are triggered by events many women will experience in their lives, such as relationship breakdown, changing school, bereavement or debt.

Commenting on the findings, Penny Newman, the chief executive of Platform 51, said: “Policy makers need to act now to address this crisis in womens’ mental health and provide a range of effective interventions.

“We must put an end to the dependency culture that has built up around prescription drugs, giving women more choice and control over the support they receive.” Contact 01302 309800 for more information on Platform 51.