First cycling session with Bike Right!

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We kicked off the first of six weeks of cycling this evening with glorious sunshine and a handful of Chewits – just the right concoction to keep our energy levels up!

 

We met at 4:15pm at Sidney Street Cafe to bring the bikes over to the Sheung Lok centre. This proved slightly more difficult than expected as the bikes outnumbered the people! Thankfully, Claire used all of her biking experience to carefully carry two bikes at the one time. A mighty feat it was. Helmets off to you, Claire!

 

After snacking on some treats at Sheung Lok and doing our introductions, we all headed over to the grounds of Medlock Primary School to learn the basics of cycling. Snigger all you like but even those of us who have been cycling for years struggled to pull off an emergency stop and swerve!

 

Not everyone was as confident with one-handed cycling or turning corners at the beginning but by the end of the session, we all felt capable of hitting the road next week. So confident even that some of us tried our hand at, well, no-handed cycling… It’s safe to say we won’t be attempting that on the roads any time soon!

 

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LesBiCon returns on Thurs 9th March 4:30-7:30pm

LesBiCon: What do young lesbian and bisexual women want and need?

The Proud Trust and Young Women’s Health Project are recognising International Women’s Day 2017 with an event bringing together young lesbian and bisexual women aged 14-25 alongside women professionals and decisions makers. This event is organised in collaboration Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre who are hosting the evening.

When: Thursday 9th March 2017 4:30-7:30pm

Where: The Ormond Building Council Chamber, Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Campus, M15 (Entrance off Lower Ormond Street)

LesBiCon

 

Influential Women and Women leaders are invited to attend the event which will offer an opportunity to a engage with young Lesbian and Bisexual women directly to help bring about local change in Manchester. Women do not need to identify as lesbian or bisexual themselves but are coming with a willingness to hear from the young women involved in the event.

 

What the event will offer:

-        An educational, open and safe space for women who love women and other women allies.

-        Learning around specific health needs of lesbian and bisexual women

-        Guidance on how to make your own work or service more inclusive of young lesbian and bisexual women

-        Information to feed into financial decision making in the city around inclusion, health and youth and other agendas

-        Free health resources to use in work with young people developed by young lesbian and bisexual women

-        Accessible intergenerational space for both young lesbian and bisexual and women leaders to collaborate and exchange thoughts and experiences

 

The event will comprise a range of different activities and inputs including:

Living libraries

Research presentation

Discussion groups

Political cake decorating

Quizzes

Refreshments

 

RSVP to myrtle.finley[@]theproudtrust.org / 07530 316 656 by 2nd March 17

Download the invite here: LesBiCon IWD 9.3.17 Invite.


Weekly Sessions Start 3rd November!

We’re excited to annouce that starting Thursday 3rd November we will be offering young lesbian and biseuxal women aged 14-25 a weekly youth group. The group will run each Thursday 4:30-6:30pm at a venue close to our offices at the LGBT centre, M1 7HB. Get in touch with myrtle on myrtle.finley[@]theproudtrust.org / 07530 316 656 for more information.

Post with information about weekly sessions


Freedom and Fashion Exhibition Trip

On Saturday we took a trip to the Manchester Museum to visit the Freedom and Fashion exhibition inspired by the large increase in UK women’s entry into the workforce during World War I.

‘I really enjoyed seeing the different types of fashion at the exhibit and learnt a lot of things about women’s freedom and fashion’ – Olivia

‘Freedom and Fashion – The clue is in the title. When viewing the different styles of the outfits I was able to see how women and designers showed how free they felt in their designs’ – Charlie


Fun in the sun?!

Well, the sun wasn’t shinning that brightly on our trip to Crosby Beach today and it was quite blustery at times (which made playing Volleyball that extra bit challenging/funny) but the experience warmed our hearts. Together we enjoyed trying out the outdoor exercise equipment, some games on the beach and some sun health awareness discussion. Not so much sun but definitely lots of fun!


Another wonderful Summer Camp!

Our 14th annual Summer Camp was brimming with fun, positivity, learning and excitement. This year our theme was #WomenCan and together the young lesbian and bisexual women made a wonderful to mural to reflect the theme. Thanks to everyone who was involved in supporting the project to go ahead.

 


Summer Camp is coming!

Group photo Summer Camp 2014

Summer Camp is back!

 Summer Camp is for all young women, aged 14-25, who identify as lesbian, bisexual or questioning. It’s a great opportunity to spend some time in a safe all-women’s space, where you can learn lots of new things and meet some great new people! This year camp takes place Friday 29th – Sunday 31st July 2016, Tattenhall, Cheshire.

You can come for all or part of camp. The cost is £10per day. There are a limited number of £5 bursary places available, contact Myrtle on 07530 316 656 for more details.

More details can be found in the flyer here: Summer camp flyer 2016

To request a place on Summer Camp please complete the 2016_Summer camp booking form and return to myrtle.finley@theproudtrust.org or post to YWHP, 49-51 Sidney Street, Manchester, M1 7HB. Deadline for booking forms is Sunday 12th June 2016.


Happy new year!

Calling all young women who identify as lesbian or bisexual!

Here’s what’s in store for the next 3 months at Young Women’s Group:

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There’s lots to get involved with including writing and designing new resources and planning our own event. Please spread the word to other lesbian and bisexual women you know and hope to see you there too?

Resource development + event planning: Saturday 30th Jan, Saturday 11th Feb, Saturday 20th Feb 11-3pm

LesBiCon: 5th March 12-6pm

Focus group: 9th April 1-3pm

Young womens Q4 poster

 


Keep safe over the holidays

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The festive season can be a testing time and I know some of you may need to escape and find some comfort at this time so here is a helpful produced by our Rochdale LGBT youth group last year!

Young Women’s workers will be back at work from January 5th


Take part in our Peer research survey!

Over the past year a group of Young LB women aged 13-25 have been developing and conducting their own research project, to improve Health and Education services for Lesbian and Bisexual young women.

Here’s where we need your help. If you are a Lesbian or bisexual woman aged 13-25 please have your say by filling out this survey, and help us to show funders, policy makers and services that LB women have needs and to make sure that they address them.

Click on this link to fill out the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LXYP5XC 

 

Logos representing LGBT youth north west, the young women's project, the peer research project, and the lottery awards for all logo.

Click on the image to take the survey.