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York International Women's Week



Please send useful local links to Ann Kaloski at


York Feminist Network
We aim to act as a hub to enable women and men who support feminism in York and the surrounding area to meet (in real life or online), discuss, share ideas and take action.
We currently meet twice monthly:
2nd and 4th Sunday of every month, 12.00noon onwards
The Seahorse Hotel on Fawcett Street (YO10 4AH)

We have decided to keep all meetings women-only, in order to provide a safe space where members feel able to share openly. We would absolutely welcome & encourage interest from men who would like to help support our group. Please do get in touch.


York Council for Voluntary Services (YCVS)

Since it was founded in 1939, York CVS has been at the heart of community activity in the City of York playing a significant part in the development of the many voluntary services throughout the City. York CVS is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, whose main aim is to offer advice, training, information and support to local voluntary organisations and community groups in order to help them work more effectively.

A: The Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET
T: 01904 624669
F: 01904 630361
E: or

Rape Crisis

York Rape Crisis centre closed in 2007. If you need help or advice, contact another local Northern group via details on the web site of the national Rape Crisis group:   This national organisation was formed in 2006 and provides co-ordination for the rape crisis movement in England and Wales. This website aims to provide the basic information that survivors of sexual violence, friends and family need to access the services they need. As well as listing local groups, the site provides other useful information including a list of frequently asked questions.

E: (note that women seeking immediate support are asked to contact their local group; see the list on

York Asembly for Older People

A group for the over-50s.
Our aim is to raise awareness of policy issues affecting our lives, to be well represented on the boards of the Council, Hospital Trust and Primary Care Trust through our Champions, to sit on policy-making committees, and to speak out in the press and media on local and national issues of concern to older people.
We debate issues at public meetings, communicate through our quarterly newsletter, organise information fairs, and co-ordinate the York 50+ Festival in which over 7,000 people participate annually.

Suite H, Holgate Villa
22 Holgate Rd
YO24 4AB
T: 01904 634661

St Bede's Pastoral Centre

St Bede's Pastoral Centre extends a warm welcome to people of all faiths and none.
The Centre is situated five minute walk away from York rail and bus station, and aims to provide a place of quiet refreshment, spiritual replenishment and support.
The main work of the centre is to run regular programmes of spirituality. The aim of this is twofold: firstly, to provide talks, workshops and quiet days run by a wide variety of speakers from different denominations and faiths; secondly to foster Ignatian spirituality through occasional retreats, spiritual direction and courses for all who are interested.
Alongside this we provide rooms for local and national groups to meet to run their own training courses or workshops. There are also smaller rooms for individual use by counsellors and spiritual directors.

A: St Bede's Pastoral Centre, 21 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ
T: 01904 464900
F: 01904 464967

Centre for Women's Studies

The Centre for Women's Studies (CWS) at the University of York was founded in 1984 and is now the longest-standing centre in the UK for research and teaching on women's lives and histories, feminist theory and gender issues. We specialise in interdisciplinary perspectives, and have a lively group of students both from Yorkshire and the rest of the UK, and from around the world.

CWS offers taught postgraduate degrees, diplomas and certificates, as well as a wide variety of PhD research. All programmes can be taken full or part-time.

Taught programmes:
MA programmes (one year full-time, two years part-time): 6 taught modules plus a dissertation
Diploma (one year full-time, two years part-time): 6 taught modules
Certificate (normally full-time, but we can usually be flexible): 3 taught modules.

Research degrees:
MA (one year full-time, two years part-time) working towards a 30,000 word dissertation on a supervised topic of your choice.
MPhil (two years full-time, four years full-time): working towards a 50,000 word thesis on a supervised topic of your choice.
PhD (three years full-time, six years part-time): working towards a 70,000-100,000 word thesis on a supervised topic of your choice.

We normally require a 2:1 or equivalent to start the MA programme, and an advanced degree to start a PhD, but we can and do take experience into account. Our main aim is to ensure you can manage your studies.

*Browse the CWS website taking note of relevant courses and requirements.
* apply online via links here
*email Harriet Badger (Administrator) or Ann Kaloski (CWS Admissions Tutor) if you have any queries, or would like to discuss the course in more detail

We also organise open seminars on a variety of topics, and interested people are very welcome to these informal sessions. Just turn up, or email Ann Kaloski if you would like someone to meet you

A: Centre for Women's Studies, University of York, YORK, YO10 5DD
T: 01904 323671
E: Harriet Badger (Administrator)
E: Ann Kaloski