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Craft Bitch sessions postponed

We’ve decided to postpone Craft Bitch at least until the new year – more details to follow in 2013.

Dorset Volunteer Centre Awards 2012

WAND was awarded by the Dorset Volunteer Centre Awards at a ceremony on 25 October 2012 for our work on raising awareness of dometic violence and abuse.  Thank you for our nomination.

Crafty Bitch Session Saturday 1st September – Cancelled!

Sorry for the late notice but due to illness we are having to cancel this months Crafty Bitch Session.

We will be running our next session on Saturday 6th October and would be very happy to see you.

No Excuse for Abuse – Friday 9th March

Through our partnership with Fairplay SW we are hosting a conference on domestic violence and abuse at Kingston Maurward on Friday March 9th

The aim of the conference is to challenge attitudes and behaviors that give rise to sexual violence and perpetrates myths around rape.  There will be a focus on the rights of victims, and ways to access support for those expereincing domestic violence and abuse.

The full programme will be circulated shortly , so make sure you are on our mailing list to receive an invite email :

Crafty Bitch – Next Session Saturday 7th July

Crafty Bitch Sessions run on the First Saturday of every month, except December, and take place in the Dorset Youth Association HQ in Lubbecke Way Dorchester- next to the Ambulance HQ ( note – NOT Dorchester Youth Club on Kings Road ! )

Bring your own lunch – we provide the drinks ( and sometimes cake if we’ve been baking) – cost £2.50 to cover the hall hire

They are open to women of all ages and abilities, and any craft is welcome – knitting sewing, beading, scrapbooking… whatever you do is fine by us!

£200 Raised at Reclaim the Night 2011

We had a brilliant time at the Reclaim the Night Event on November 26th  – the drummers were up to their usual excellent standard and soon had us all sounding quite professional  – there was a bit of a scary moment when the march accidently went the wrong way , but everyone arrived safely back to have a nice supper at teh Town Hall. Tracy Smith our fab patron then acted as Auctioneer  – thank you so much to all of you that donated things ( including yourselves! )  – we raised a fabulous £200 for the children at the West Dorset Womens Refuge


Dorset Womens Day 2011 – A Huge Success

Dorset Womens Day 2011 was a huge success despite having such a reduced budget this year – largely due to the very generous army of WandWomen who gave their times and skills free fo charge to run a huge variety of workshops.

A huge vote of thanks must go to Linda and he rteam at Vintage Dorset ( who laid on a stunning lunchtime buffet , and kept everyones spirits high with gorgeous cakes and scones. Please visit their website – and we can reccomend them for that extra special catering.

Our new patron , Tracy Smith ( pictured left ) was delighted at the response – saying ‘The 2011 Women’s Day was spectacular! I was so proud to open it as the new Patron of WAND and it was heartwarming to see so many ladies queueing at the door before the event had officially opened.

Once they’d picked up their fab-free cotton bags for their goodies, they all made a bee-line to the registration desk to book places on the workshops, which were also free, leaving all their hard-earned cash in their pockets to spend on the goodies in the main hall and on the mouthwatering food provided by Vintage Dorset.

As well as drawing attention to fun and frivolity, the Women’s Day also managed to raise awareness of immensely important topics like domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse and mental health issues; many of which manage to touch our lives in so many ways, yet still remain hidden under self-imposed guilty carpets. Amongst other great reasons, WAND ‘exists’ to help women ditch their negative and suppressed feelings by connecting them to local organisations and to people who can and do help.

I look forward to helping WAND elevate their profile even further within Dorset and in the wider community, so the outstanding WAND model may serve as a template to help more women in other counties too’

Believe it or not , planning for next years event has already started, so if you would like to get involved, please do get in touch

We are looking for;


Help with publicity

Stands and Exhibitions