International Women's Day is celebrated annually across the world and seeks to recognise the achievements of women, whilst also campaigning for further gender equality. This year the Community Organising team at Lincoln City Foundation supported a local resident from the Sincil Bank area to bring together a group of women for a wellbeing-focused workshop.
Lumi first became connected with the Foundation through attending one of the weekly English language ‘Conversation Classes’ delivered by the Community Organising team across Sincil Bank. Through discussions over the weeks it was established that Lumi was a qualified aesthetician and was very passionate and knowledgeable around skin care and personal wellbeing.
Working alongside the Foundation’s Community Organisers, Lumi was supported and encouraged to plan a workshop for International Women’s Day. Whilst Lumi had delivered several workshops in this subject area in her native Greece, this would be her first time presenting to others in English.
On Monday 9th March, a group of seventeen women gathered to take part in Lumi’s ‘Do You Really Need a Skin Care Routine?’ workshop; the vast majority of whom were also non-native English speakers. Following the workshop, attendees socialised enjoyed a selection of healthy refreshments and discussed International Women’s Day celebrations which traditionally happen in their native countries.
Alice Carter, Senior Community Organiser at Lincoln City Foundation said “The International Women’s Day workshop was a powerful way to bring together a group of like-minded women with shared experiences, to connect, gain new knowledge and discuss topics relevant to them. I am extremely proud of Lumi and the journey she has been on since engaging with the Foundation – to speak in front of a group of people is daunting to many, yet she achieved this using her non-native language with both confidence and skill”
Lincoln City Foundation’s Place Based Social Action project, led by the Community Organising team, will continue in the Sincil Bank area for the next five years, supporting resident led activity. If you are interested in becoming involved in the project or would like to find out more about Community Organising please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org