An emotional emancipation circle (EEC) is a psychoeducational space for Black women to understand the role of cultural values specific to the Black diaspora in their emotional wellbeing and mental health. In January 2023, The Maya Centre launched a series of EECs as part of our expansion of the Black Women’s Project (BWP), which was formerly the Black Women’s Therapy Group.
The Irish Women’s Service (formerly the Irish Women’s Project) is a specialist mental health initiative that helps Irish women and women of Irish descent to explore issues relating to their culture and heritage. As our longest-running specialist service, this support includes those from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
After being selected by my workplace, TEN10, to volunteer at a charity of my choice for a week and donate £2500, I was delighted to be placed at The Maya Centre. As part of my work here, I shadowed the many different job functions, gaining an understanding of everything from reflexology to art therapy to social media content creation.