Women4Resources seems to be the perfect way to experience an
open, friendly and colourful Swansea.
To strengthen the rights of women and support individuals in
all different stages of life was always an important matter to me; growing up
in the 21st century means being confronted on social media with all the issues
around women’s rights.
Women4resources offered me the
opportunity to work as a volunteer at some interesting projects set up to help
to improve this situation. The recent event for International Women’s Day and a
wellbeing day the weekend before, gave me a good first impression of the idea
behind Women4resources. Analyzing the evaluation forms showed me that women
from different areas of Swansea really enjoyed the open and relaxing events.
People had the chance to dance, paint, craft, eat and much more. The new film
about the work of Women4resources and a slide show of pictures from previous
projects was especially appreciated.
Besides helping in the women4resourcess office in the Environment
Centre, I have also been able to visit some other amazing places in Swansea.
For example learning juggling with the team from Circus Eruption borrowing some
books from the huge library
and hearing about tackling period poverty with STOPP
In all these projects I found friendly, open and dedicated people who showed me their Swansea. I am thankful for all the nice impressions I already had and looking forward to have even more in the next five weeks.
Our Volunteering 4 Skills project enabled us to work with women who might otherwise not have had the opportunity to be part of a grassroots charity supporting initiatives in Wales and Africa. GWEN, the Grassroots Women’s Entrepreneur Network was set up with the support from Santander who funded a worker. We had training and information sessions, mentoring training, a pop-up-shop for International Women’s Day in March. SWANFRICA, the Swansea Bay network of small charities working with partners in Africa really pulled together for our latest event, the Green Fayre organised by the Environment Centre which took place at the National Waterfront Museum. Here’s to realizing many more of our hopes and wishes for Women and Girls all over the world!