Whatever your reason for seeking help we recognise that women face challenges in their lives that are distinct from those of men. At Kyra you can access a wide range of activities, training, counselling, information and support to suit different needs – most courses are free of charge. We offer a safe, welcoming and supportive environment to help you make the changes you need, at your own pace.

Join a course

Most courses at Kyra Women’s Project are free and all are facilitated by qualified volunteers. If you feel you can give a donation it would help keep these and future courses free. It is important to book a place as spaces are limited. We are here for women who may have completed courses within other organisations and need support to put into practice what they have learnt, or who feel they need additional skills or information to take their first steps towards change. Whether it’s building your self-esteem, managing stress or improving your skills for work, there are many courses to choose from each month.

Overview of courses

Stress Management

Would you benefit from stress management but do not feel able to join a group?  Individual appointments are now available at Kyra with Amanda Hall, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, to help you manage your stress in a way that is helpful to you. You will learn stress management tools that you can practise at home, in the context of your individual needs and circumstances. Wednesday and Thursday evenings 6-8pm at Kyra. Details & Bookings

My Money. My Life …

Would you like a Financial Coach? Someone who can provide information about financial issues, help you to understand the benefits system? Would you like to improve your money skills and knowledge in a way that works for you, with someone alongside for guidance? Do you panic at the idea of doing a budget and would you like guidance with creating and keeping one? if so come and speak to alison at Kyra. Hour long lots can be booked. Come along however big or small your financial issue is. First Thursday afternoon of the month View calendar… Telephone Alison on 01904 466866 or Mobile 07976137063

Building Self-esteem

A healthy self-esteem is an important part of our well-being. We offer the ESTA Programme, which has two main objectives. The first is to encourage a better understanding of our self-esteem and self-efficacy.  The second is to teach practical skills and techniques, enabling changes in thinking and behaviour to improve self-esteem. These strategies help encourage change in behaviour and thoughts that are linked with low self-esteem.  Details & Bookings

Preparing for Birth and Beyond

Join our new antenatal workshops.  They will prepare you for the emotional and practical aspects of birth and life with a baby. Our workshop tutor, Mel, will provide information and support in a safe environment, allowing any woman the opportunity to educate herself for the journey into motherhood.  The next course will be start in January 2017. To book your FREE place or for more information call or text Mel on 07500623612 or email york.doula.mel@gmail.com

Counselling

1-2-1 Counselling Service

We recognise that sometimes there are issues that you would prefer to explore in a private and confidential setting.

Kyra hosts the 1-2-1 Counselling Service every Tuesday morning.

The counsellors are from 1-2-1 counselling, an independent voluntary counselling organisation based in York since 1993 offering a short-term professional counselling service to the community.

To make an appointment call the 1-2-1 confidential answerphone: 07587 155678.

Counselling at Kyra

Kyra works with counsellors in advanced training who are available at Kyra on various days and at various times. We offer free counselling to women who feel they would benefit from a confidential, empathic listening space.

We have had many requests for Kyra counselling, including our bereavement counselling.

We still have a waiting list for our counselling service but if you would like to make enquires about accessing the service

please contact us directly at booking@kyra.org.uk or call 01904 632332

Drop-ins

Everyone is welcome to our weekly drop-in sessions. Meet with other women in a relaxing, safe place. Share conversation and cake, connect with others over craft activities or learn more about other Kyra activities. How you use your space is up to you!

These are open sessions staffed by volunteers who can assist you with any concerns you may have and introduce you to other Kyra guests. No bookings are required, just turn up and stay as long as you like – a warm welcome is guaranteed!

Every Tuesday 1 – 4pm, Thursday 1 – 4pm and the first Saturday of every month 12.30 – 3.30pm. On Saturdays we invite you to bring a little something towards a shared lunch…

Social Activities

Our social activities are a fun, relaxed way of engaging in a shared interest, which nurtures your self-confidence and social interactions. We hold regular activities to suit many different interests: poetry, art, crafts, cookery. Whether you want to manage stress, need a form of escape, meet with others, challenge yourself or just enjoy a shared moment, you’re welcome to join one of our free regular social activities.

Stories

Many women walk through our doors at Kyra each week.  Women of all ages and backgrounds come to Kyra for a range of reasons.  We know that it can be difficult to take that first step to seek help or support when you need it.  That’s why we encourage you to look at the stories other women have shared with us about taking that first step and how Kyra helped them.

How I Came To Kyra by E.

“I grew as a person…..Kyra offered me much more than a course, it gave me strength to be me!”

A Letter From E.

Read E’s story about leaving her home and an abusive relationship, and re-building her confidence and life in a new home.

G.’s Experience Managing Stress

“It is hard when you’re stressed remembering what I have been taught over the last year and not giving up on trying…”

A Poem from M.

“When I’m ready, if I want to. Help is there but never forced.” Read M’s poem about her Kyra experience.

R’s Journey with Kyra.

Follow R’s journey with post-natal depression, her first impressions of Kyra, experiences at a course and Singing Club, and ultimately running a PND course for other women.

The Creative Writing Course by A.

I arrived in a heightened state of anxiety….. It has reignited my enthusiasm and has enabled me to go on to do so many others things.”

How I feel now by K.

Read how K’s negative feelings about herself prior to starting a course had changed by the end of it.

X’s Story.

I was relieved to hear that there is a group out there to help women with their confidence and self esteem…”

How Kyra Helped Me by J.

“Too often in the past I feel I’ve been judged because of my past, my mental health issues and my physical disability. I’ve now gained confidence both personally and socially.”

My Story by M.

“…all of a sudden it was like a switch had been turned in my brain and I started feeling more confident, more like my old self again. Couldn’t believe it!”

Useful links

Relate

Advice, relationship counseling, sex therapy and support face-to-face, by phone and website. 01904 625 971

Victim Support

Confidential help for victims of crime, witnesses and their family and friends. 0300 303 1971

IDAS

Comprehensive support services to those experiencing or affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence. 24hr national helpline. 0808 2000 247. E-mail: info@idas.org.uk

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

North and West Yorkshire support groups for experience with alcohol abuse. 01132 454 567

York Mind

Advocacy, counselling, support groups and help for individuals, carers and family experiencing mental health issues. 01904 643 364

Royal British Legion

Practical help with most problems for serving and ex-service people, close relatives or dependents. National 0808 802 8080

Gamcare

Emotional and practical support for gamblers and partners or family. National 0808 802 1221

Terence Higgins Trust

Practical advice independent of the NHS about all aspects of HIV-AIDS, including testing. National 0808 802 1221

Macmillan Cancer Support

Advice and information on cancer related problems, including money worries and anxieties at work. National 0808 808 0000

Salvation Army

Practical help and advice for adult homeless, and referral to other organisations as required. 01904 545 096

Family Lives

Help and support in all aspects of family life, e.g. bullying, toddler tantrums, teenage discipline etc. National 0808 800 2222

Older Citizens Advocacy York

For people 50+ where representation help is needed, drafting letters or attending hearings. 01904 676 200

York Mental Health Directory

An online directory of independent mental health services in York.

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