International Women’s Day is a coming together of women from all backgrounds and cultures to celebrate their experiences and achievements through the ages and up to the present day. These diverse events from across the globe celebrate women in roles such as politics, economics, social and family matters, the arts and entertainment.
In March 2014, Citizens’ Eye Derby met with organisers Vanessa and Sonya along with a variety of contributors to International Women’s Day in Derby and discussed what the day meant to them.
Patricia spoke to us about the importance of Women’s Guilds and Cooperatives which pre-date the Suffragettes. Francis from the Derby Museum spoke of the role played by women in The First World War and the subsequent changing attitudes, while Carla from the RAF discussed women in the RAF today.
Angie from Derby County Football Association spoke about the wide range of sporting activities available to people of all ages, while Bianca from No More Page Three discussed the objectification of women in the media.
“People want a life, not a service” is the tagline given by Neil Woodhead, the Project Manager for Derby’s new concept of Local Area Co-ordination [LAC].
This core idea is fundamental to the work of LAC, as it helps vulnerable people to identify and achieve their vision of a good life, with as little intervention from official services as possible and more reliance on their own skills and contacts, including community resources, such as neighbours, local associations and other support networks.
Does this sound like a hark back to ‘the good old days’ when communities supported each other and worked together to take care of their more vulnerable members? There certainly is a strong element of that old-fashioned ethos in this new-fashioned style of working that Derby City Council is piloting in two areas of the City: Alvaston and Arboretum.
In the following film, we hear from a few of the residents who have received support from project workers, Raj and Simran (based respectively at Arboretum and Alvaston libraries) to move away from being mere service users, into creating a good life for themselves integrated within the community.
To find out more about the project contact Neil Woodhead on 01332 642565 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.