30th Anniversary

30th Anniversary

On the 22nd October 2015 the Well Women Centre hosted a day of celebrations at the spectacular Unity Hall (the venue of our inaugural meeting in 1985) in honour of 30 years of services for women by women. It was a really successful day incorporating 3 different events:

50 attendees from a range of VCS, public and statutory sector organisations came together to hear addresses from Mary Creagh, MP for Wakefield, Farzana Jumma on behalf of the Board of Trustees and Sonjia Peers our CEO, as well as an inspiring address from the very first Chair of the Well Women Centre, Lesley Pattenson.

This was followed by the powerful stories of women’s experiences, ‘Sandra’s story’ telling one woman’s story of three decades of volunteering, training and working for the Well Women Centre, ‘Deborah’s story’ where a client bravely took to the microphone to tell us the impact the services have had on her life.

We also heard from one of our commissioners, the CCG, with their VCS lead Lee Beresford explaining the value of what our women centred way of working brings to a wider health and wellbeing offer and finally we proudly launched our new Positive Impact Project, where the professionals gathered had opportunity to tell us what they needed from such a service, and what support they would pledge to make it a success.

Celebration Fayre:

Over 40 women and children, as well as WWC staff, attended at this open afternoon event where they spent time together relaxing, browsing the stalls and sharing stories and memories.

‘Wear Your Pearls’ – evening cabaret:

After a day of hosting we let down our hair and let the wonderful women of Wakefield (and a bit beyond) entertain us with sharing their stories, skills and humour. The packed evening featured popcorn and a chocolate fountain, teenage songstresses to belly dancers, a skit about the menopause to a fashion show, and everything in between! We sold 50 tickets for the evening event and at least a further 50 women were in attendance as volunteers or performers.

Joyce’s Story

Joyce attended our 30th anniversary event after seeing an article in the paper featuring the attached photo, which included her and other women who were amongst the first volunteers in 1985. It was a pleasure to welcome Joyce, to see her talking to other women she had known years previously and meet new women who picked up roles at the Well Women Centre after she left.

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