“Effort, Enthusiasm… Excellence!”
I didn’t ‘give up’ my time to take part as a Role Model in IWD2020, I invested it in the future and in an essential part of the present – young women!
Education is about lighting lights not filling vessels. All young people need role models, encouragement and enthusing to fulfil their potential. So many in our area suffer deprivation but their potential is enormous and shines through… when opportunities allow.
IWD2020 provided that for so many young women locally. Eyes were perceptibly brightened, ambitions obviously raised, confidence clearly enhanced and enjoyment shared.
When opportunities are provided and resources applied, confidence grows with attendant added value.
As a Headteacher for two decades, I tried to raise aspirations of my students by stressing their value despite many in society seemingly being disparaging. What IWD, with its team of organisers and volunteers, in Fylde say loudly, coherently and persuasively is that young women matter and are valued. Each one is important and, by working together, even more can be achieved. Adults saying, “We’ve got your backs” resonated across the incredible atmosphere as the young women began to stand taller and knew they were appreciated and not alone. Educators and business women from all sectors of our community wanted to show their support and took part in that investment. From an economic point of view, potential must not be wasted; from a humanitarian standpoint, every loss is all our losses.
I was privileged and pleased to be able to meet up with young women from last year as well as my allocated cohort for this year. Both were grateful and are already reaping the benefits from the message of togetherness, ambition and achievement.
This festival is a celebration of young people and a demonstration of the wider community’s wish, willingness and ability to ensure they know they are important and valued!
Working together works!Carolyn Mercer
Asset Based Community Development Training
The training we required was across a whole team and included invites to colleagues and public external to our team and working in partnership. The tutors were able to assess the different dynamics, backgrounds and work focuses and ensured delivery was inclusive and challenging to everyone’s individual needs. The group was directly engaged throughout and experienced learner led development that allowed them to self reflect on current practices as well as considered new practices to introduce into their Community Engagement standards and separate out Community Development actions. The tutors assessed and embedded the core outcomes and objectives we were looking for and provided bespoke aspects into the learning process that allowed for flexibility in the delivery programme.Colin Smy
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