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International Women’s Day events hosted by Northam Local Conversation go down a treat

On Sunday the 8th of March and Monday the 9th of March, Northam Local Conversation in partnership with WICT, held a Women’s Party and Women’s Lunch Event.

The purpose of the events were to celebrate International Women’s Day (8th March) and the difference women have made in the Northam community.

Women’s Party

On Sunday the 8th of March, the Women’s Party ran from 6-10pm at Northam Community Centre. Around 50 ladies attended.

Sheriff Sue Blatchford also attended, along with Councillor Cathy McEwing, and Helen Jackson, one of WICT’s Directors.

The night began with the ladies meeting other locals in the Northam area and socialising while waiting for all the ladies to arrive. Sheriff Sue Blatchford let all the ladies try on her Chain of Office to help them realise that they could also become Mayor one day too.

After all the ladies had arrived, a game of pass the parcel was played which helped break the ice. The parcel was full of ladies gifts for one lucky winner!

Women's Party    

Pass the parcel followed on with a certificate presentation for all those who have made a difference in the Northam community. 19 ladies within the community received certificates for their contribution. The women who received the awards are as follows:

Sally White – For decades of leading the Youth Club & nurturing young people in Northam

Sally has brought the community together for over 30 years. She has helped build relationships with local young people that have carried on through to their adult life. Sally has given people the confidence to improve their lives, experience new experience’s and get support when needed.

Sally has provided a safe environment via the youth club to many young people. Whilst providing support and care to those that need it, she has also provided a fun and safe environment for everyone.

Sally is a very kind, caring and knowledgeable woman who is always ready to help others and is very passionate about Northam and its families.

Sally White

Danielle Eccleston – For managing Northam Community Centre exceptionally well & being a great support to the community through difficult times

Danielle has a great personality and loves people. When people visit the centre, she greets them with a smile. She is a great manager, friendly,  honest, organised, and a people person. Danielle has great customer service skills. She is well organised and patient in her job. She organises lots of activities especially for young people.

Danielle Eccleston

Sharon Davies – For being an amazing youth worker at the 521 Youth Project & inspiring young people in the local area

Sharon is very passionate about her work within the youth club and helping young people within the Northam Area. Sharon has built up a very honorable relationship with the children, young people and families of Northam.

Sharon is very fair and sets boundaries while providing an environment that everyone is welcome to and everyone feels safe at the youth projects. Sharon is very fun, upbeat and with the times so she can relate to the children and young people.

Shelly Winter – For being an amazing youth worker at the 521 Youth Project & inspiring young people in the local area

Shelly is an amazing youth worker who is always smiling and friendly with the children, young people and families. Shelly is reliable and passionate about the youth work she does and has built fantastic relationships within the Northam community.

Julie Stride – For keeping Northam Community Centre clear & for your patience to deal with all sorts of things

Julie stride is amazing, Northam Community Centre could not do without her. She doesn’t know what she is walking into each day as the use of the centre varies so much but every day the centre is clean and ready for each new day.

Julie stride takes pride in her work and care of the centre; she not only cleans the centre but also will have a go at fixing things, replacing things and putting furniture back when it has been put out of place. Julie also helps with contractors when they need access to the centre so is overall a very much appreciated part of Northam Community Centre.

Julie Walker – For being a great chair for the Northam Steering Committee

Julie is amazing. Although she has health issues, she still gives up her time to the committee and is very fair in her decisions. Julie is kind, funny and outspoken. She is straight to the point and perfect for the role she plays within the committee.

Julie will question anything she feels may not be right or she doesn’t agree with but will also add positive feedback and results to the things that are great for Northam.

Julie addresses the committee and helps to make decisions on Northam and the projects that the committee oversee or agree too. Julie has the overall decision but makes the decision with the support from her committee.

Julie Walker

Julia O’Shea – For being one of the pioneers of the Northam Sunday Lunch Club & supporting it throughout

Julia helped with the overall setting up of the Northam Sunday Lunch Club and has since been a massive support to the project providing care and support to the volunteers and people who come for lunch.

The Northam Sunday Lunch Club has made a massive difference to many local peoples’ lives; not only does it provide a hot meal for many that need it, but it also is providing a social time for them to access the centre and feel part of their community.

Tracy Loader – For your contribution as a volunteer to the Northam Sunday Lunch Club

Tracy has been a part of the Northam Sunday Lunch Club since it started, volunteering and giving up her time to help provide lunch on Sundays. Tracy is reliable and very friendly with the guests.

Tracy also has knowledge of the commercial kitchen so is very helpful with the cooking and preparation of the lunch.

Tracy Loader

Nien Xi Ho – For your contribution as a volunteer team leader to the Northam Sunday Lunch Club

Nien Xi has been a part of the Northam Sunday Lunch Club since it started volunteering and giving up her time to help provide lunch on Sundays. Nien Xi is a team leader for the lunch project so gives up extra time for her team and organises all her team for her weeks providing the lunch.

Nien Xi is very friendly and welcoming with all the guests.

Hany Babai – For being an amazing Northam Sunday Lunch Club volunteer team leader

Hany is a very kind and passionate lady who gives up so much time to help others. Hany is very passionate about volunteering in the community and inspiring others to do the same. She really is a star.

Hany is liked and respected by many in the local community and everyone around. Hany leads her team very well for the lunch project and people look forward to her yummy lunch.

Hany Babai

Sofia Moalin – For setting up a Women Empowerment Project in Northam & for being the Secretary to the Steering committee

Sofia is amazing. She is very friendly and is very passionate about empowering women and bringing women from all the communities together.

Sofia is also very keen to learn and help out; she likes to learn new things and improve on her English and knowledge. Sofia is a very trusted member of the community with lots of ladies reaching out to her and accessing support through her.

Sofia Moalin

Sadia Adam – For your contribution as a very committed volunteer to the Northam Sunday Lunch Club

Sadia is one of the most hardworking and helpful people there is. She is always ready to help when needed and nothing is too much for her. She is very friendly and always smiling. Sadia is also a very trusted and appreciated member of the community.

Fatema Noroze – For setting up & running the Breakfast Club for over 2 years

Fatema cooks breakfast each week and is very reliable and efficient. She provides a nice breakfast to those that attend breakfast club and is always happy and friendly with our attendees.

Fatima Abdulassalam – For setting up & running the Northam Sewing Club

Fatima works really hard at the sewing club trying to promote the club to increase its number of attendees. She also provides a fun learning environment that people enjoy coming too.

Northam Sewing Club has made a difference to many people providing them with a friendly group that they can attend and also learn something new. Fatima is also very friendly and encouraging to the attendees who come to her group.

Naseema Begum – For being an amazing youth worker at the 521 Youth Project & inspiring young people in the local area

Nassema is a young and fun youth worker. She has attended the youth club herself as a young person and worked her way up to being a youth worker.

The youth relate to Naseema and she has a fantastic caring nature which is needed working with children.

Lebiba Oumer – For setting up & running the Northam Sewing Club

Lebiba is a very kind and lovely lady. She is always smiling and very friendly. Lebiba’s warm personality is a massive benefit to the Northam Sewing Club as she makes everyone feel welcome and accepted into the class.

Lebiba Oumer

Julie McGregor-Ritchie – For working within the Starpoint Northam Nursery for decades & nurturing the young children of Northam.

Julie has cared for and nurtured thousands of local children in the nursery over the years. Julie is a very caring, soft natured and warm person; she makes all the children who attend feel safe and secure and their well-being is paramount in her care.

Julie is very friendly and understanding. She is also very knowledgeable in child development so can be very helpful to parents. Julie has also lived in Northam all of her life so Northam people feel they can relate to her.

Anab Amin – For helping set up a Women Empowerment Project in Northam

Anab is an incredible person. She loves helping the community. She uses her talent as a henna artist when there is an activity or event on. She also loves empowering women. She helped Sofia set up the women’s empowerment group. She likes attending all the activities and events that are happening.

She is a great listener; whenever someone comes to her with a problem, she listens to them and makes them feel comfortable.

Linda Mackie – For being an amazing sewing tutor & giving her time for free to Northam ladies

Linda is amazing at teaching and very knowledgeable at sewing. She has generously given her time for free to help the ladies in Northam gain very important skills that can help them.

After the presentation, pizza was served and the night ended with the ladies having fun and dancing.

Danielle, the Organiser of the event stated, “We received lots of great feedback on the event and thanks for running it. It was nice to be able to give certificates to the women who have really made a difference to the Northam community.”

Women’s Lunch

On Monday the 9th of March, the Women’s Lunch event ran at Everest Cuisine. There were 40 ladies who attended the lunch.

Everest Cuisine

There was a buffet selection of food to choose from. There were starters, a main course and ice cream for dessert. The ladies could choose from many different curries such as chilli chicken, lamb jalfrezi, chicken tikka with rice and a side of bombay potatoes.

Curry Everest Cuisine    

The ladies all enjoyed their meals. Danielle, the Organiser gave a speech on the importance of the ladies all coming together in the community and working to make our community a better place to live. The event ended with some music and the ladies had a dance on the restaurant dance floor.

     

     

Zara Ahmed, an attendee of the women’s lunch commented, “It was a lovely event; full of fun and culture.”

Shenel Shekerzade stated, “I had lots of fun at the event. It was lovely and the food was excellent!”

For more information on this event, please contact Abdoulie at Abdoulie@wict.co.uk.

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