We’ve had an amazing turnout at the Gateshead Interchange centre to celebrate International Women’s Day on 6th March.

We had visitors from throughout the community who came together to celebrate the event. We had activities ranging from quizzes, competitions and hand massage to workshops on hijab styling, making your own massage oils and making felt flowers. Many local organisations gave information and advice.

The event was a success and everyone had fun. Gateshead Carers commented that they ‘found it very positive’ and Mental Health Matters commented they ‘had never been to such a well-organised event’.

One contributor, Clare Ritson, commented ‘Thank you so much for letting me make a small contribution to this amazing event. So well attended, women from different cultures, faiths – all sharing a piece of ourselves and celebrating each other. I honestly left with a full heart and I know I wasn’t alone. It was a unique and joyous morning’.

The learningSkills team want to thank everyone who attended and contributed, including our volunteers and the following organisations:

  • The Comfrey Project
  • Tyne and Wear Fire Service
  • CNTW Health Users Forum
  • Mental Health Matters
  • Health Watch
  • Economy, Innovation and Growth
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Jobcentre Plus
  • Go Gateshead
  • Gateshead Carers Association
  • NUFC Foundation
  • La Leche League GB Support Group
  • Humankind
  • Kittiwake Trust
  • Muslim Women’s Auxiliary
  • Salvation Army

Finally, Thank you to Denise Corkin who organised the event and helped people come together in a friendly environment to share information and try something new.