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  • Call for women to help create banner to mark centenary of right to vote

    Henry James

    OFFICIALS of Transform Ageing social venture, The Sewing Rooms are calling on women and girls to sew a stitch in time and help to create a banner to celebrate the centenary of women’s right to vote.

    February 6 this year marked the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which was a landmark moment in the nation’s history.

    On that day, 100 years ago some British women gained their right to vote, a critical point for women’s equality and British democracy.

    In celebration of the milestone, the Skelmersdale-based social venture The Sewing Rooms is calling on women and girls from across the region to join them on Saturday, April 14 at Skelmersdale library from 11am to 3pm to help with the creation of a banner to take part in a 100-strong banner procession in London on Sunday, June 10.

    The procession will be a celebration of the fight for suffrage, expressing what it means to be a woman today, and will also be replicated in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

    Newly-appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire, Tony Attard OBE, who is also the chief executive of Panaz Fabrics, will also be donating fabrics for the banner.

    Director of The Sewing Rooms, Paula Gamester, said: “We were keen to be a part of the processions celebration, not only because it is a wonderful initiative to be involved with, but also because it brings together all the elements of what we are about as a social enterprise working with women in communities.

    Creativity

    “The feeling of empowerment, belonging, and togetherness that is achieved by the women as they engage in teaching, and sewing is second to none, as it further encourages the group to demonstrate their creativity as they connect with each other.”

    As well as their work across Lancashire, The Sewing Rooms is one of 19 ventures supported by Transform Ageing, a first-of-its-kind initiative to change the way society approaches and designs services for people in later life.

    Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, Transform Ageing takes a community and design-led approach to improve people’s experience of ageing.

    Meanwhile Transform Ageing is focusing efforts on the south-west of England where it is being delivered by UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs, Design Council, Centre for Ageing Better and the South West Academic Health Science Network.

    With support from Transform Ageing The Sewing Rooms will be able to set up their service in the South West so that these communities can benefit from the expert assistance from a social enterprise, specialising in improving the health and wellbeing of the communities they work with, and improving peoples’ life chances.

    Head of social innovation at Design Council, Fiona Wood, said: “We are delighted to see The Sewing Rooms involvement in this historic event, and their work to engage women and girls from across the local area is, to celebrate this impactful moment in our nation’s history is wonderful.

    “We look forward to seeing the banner in its final form, and to welcoming The Sewing Rooms to the South West.”


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