Graduates of the Great
Places Housing Group ‘Strong Women’ programme celebrated International Women’s
Day in style this year at Tatton Park.
Around 30 graduates of
the course, which has been running for over five years, were invited to
celebrate the day with a number of inspirational speakers including Knutsford
resident and course graduate Sarah Pownall, and Learning and Educational
Manager at Tatton Park Laura Armitage. A variety of agencies were also on hand
to offer advice and support services including; WEA (Workers Educational
Association), Citizens Advice Bureau, One You by the NHS, De Poel employment
agency, Macclesfield College, CVS (community and voluntary services), Cheshire
East Lifelong Learning.
The Strong Women
initiative has been running since 2012, commissioned by Great Places, delivered
by Open Doors 2 and Occupositive, and funded through Cheshire East Lifelong
Learning. Since its launch, over 90 women have completed the six-week course,
which is designed to develop confidence, self-esteem and resilience, and
identify skills that can be used not only in the women’s day-to day-lives, but
that also allow them to move on to further opportunities, whether this be education,
training, further support groups, voluntary roles or even into work.
Tatton offered free room
hire to show their support of the programme, as well as complementary garden
passes to extend the celebrations.
Lucy Barton, Community
Development Co-ordinator at Great Places said: “A fantastic event to celebrate
so many achievements. The room was full of energy and positivity. A massive
thank you to everyone involved – we wouldn’t have been able to do this without
the support from our partners.”