Celebrating women

A PCH member of staff has been invited to visit the House of Lords as part of the International Women’s Day celebrations.

Today is International Women’s Day, when the achievements of women around the world are marked.

Communities Worker Hayley Kemp is off to Parliament on Monday to attend the Women’s Leadership for Social Change showcase event.

The event celebrates the end of a programme that has taken place in six English cities – one of which is Plymouth.

Women who took part learnt skills in public speaking and project management and also got the chance to work on a social action project.

The programme was aimed at women between 20 and 30 who identified themselves as black and minority ethnic.

The House of Lords event on Monday will see the participants meet fellow community workers and activists like Hayley.

Hayley said: “It will be nice to go along and represent PCH and the community work we do. It is wonderful that our community work has been recognised and respected as one of best practise. It will be lovely to see women’s hard work valued.”

Closer to home, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day by taking part in a partnership event which will feature speakers, music and international food.

The event also sees the launch of a new quilt project called Pilgrim Mothers: A New World. Women from across the city will work together on the patchwork quilt. 

Hayley said: “The pilgrims wanted to make a new life. We’re in a city where people have come to make a new life. Plymouth has always been a transient place. People leave from here and people arrive here.

“The quilt will look at what life might look like in a more female-led society. All the squares will be crafted by different women.

“Today’s event will be a celebration of how women are enhancing the communities they live in.”

 The event takes place at Catherine Street Baptist Church in the city centre from 10am to 2pm. All women are welcome.