The residential trip is an annual event run by us.
It’s a weekend away each summer, sometimes camping or using indoor dormitories. During the residential trip we run a variety of events, workshops, activities, sports and fun stuff.
The residential is for young women between the age of 14 and 25 who identify as Lesbian, Bisexual or Pansexual women, or related sexualities or those questioning their sexuality. New and past participants are all welcome.
If you are new to the residential and think it might be for you, or you have been before and fancy giving the residential another go, please get in touch with the Young Women’s Group here for more information.
Review of our Women’s Spaces and Podcasting residential in October 2019
In October 2019 we set off on a long voyage to Ghyll Head up in Windermere for a retreat from society and technology, to enjoy ourselves in the moment and to meet other lesbian, bisexual, and pansexual women! The weekend was mainly led by the young people and the youth workers, but our main activity with the kind Ghyll Head staff was going canoeing or kayaking on Lake Windermere! From a personal experience our boat wobbled a lot but once we were in motion it was fine, that is until the waves hit us! The retreat brought us back to our ancestral experiences, as being away from technology allowed us to see the world in all its beauty.
It’s important to mention that this residential wasn’t just for people attending the Young Women’s group, but any young woman in any group (or someone who hadn’t yet attended a group) who was out, questioning, or somewhere in the middle! Our groups are full of warm-hearted and welcoming people, so for people attending for the first time they would have felt right at home. It was nice to see the Chester group trek all the way up north, I’m imagining it was an extremely long trip to get there and back, but a welcome one to be sure.
Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund who funded the event.
In terms of the activities ran by the young people and the youth workers, we discussed the inclusion of women-only spaces in modern society, why they were needed in certain areas of life (work, sports, groups, etc.), and how these sectors would benefit from having them. We had certain board games, such as Dobble and Spoons (hectic but fun!), Bananagrams and Chess. We also got given a notebook, which we could doodle and write down anything we wanted, and at the end of the residential we got to write in everyone else’s notebooks! Some people wrote a nice message, whilst others went for a cheesy joke or punchline. After Breakfast – and after lunch – on the final day it was our time of reflection from each person from these groups, from a residential we won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
By the end of the residential we were all tired out and ready to go home, yet some of us (including myself) were upset that there wasn’t an opportunity for a hike up into the mountains! Overall it was an enthralling experience, and one that everyone should take part in, whether for the nature, the new opportunities, making new friends, or just for a technology detox!
Review of our 2019 residential
In April 2019 the Young Women’s Health Project went on our residential trip to The Castleshaw Centre. We did a range of activities including a comedy workshop, a self-defence class and arts and crafts like rock painting, clay sculptures and calligraphy. My highlights were the French and Spanish workshops as well as singing in a group whilst someone played the guitar, as part of our pamper session on Saturday night. Every morning a small group went on a poetry walk and it was really special to listen to others read feminist poetry whilst surrounded by the countryside. We also played team games so that we could all get to know each other. It was so special to just spend the weekend with other lesbian, bisexual and pansexual women and I am so grateful to have had this opportunity. As a new member of the group I was so nervous but everyone was so welcoming and made the effort to speak to me. I have made some really good friends and I would highly recommend going on a residential trip – no matter how nervous you may initially feel you will be sure to make friends and feel welcome.