Strong women of Knutsford celebrate International Women's Day

15 March 2017 Last updated at 09:56

  • Knutsford International Women's Day

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.” ​