In Oct 2019 we went with a group of young lesbian, bisexual and pan sexual women on a residential weekend to the Lake District. The young women came from our Proud Trust groups across Greater Manchester and Cheshire and we were also joined by young women from Merseyside. They ranged in age from 15-24. The purpose of our weekend was to discuss Young Women’s experiences of the spaces we provide and the wider issue of women only spaces. Over the course of the weekend the young women also discussed other issues which were important to them. The recordings that capture some of those discussions, can be found here
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. – By Sophie
The event is free and will take place on Thursday 23rd August in Manchester, with 250 places available for young people. We are grateful to receive funding from Manchester Pride and Greater Sports towards the event, and in kind support from Manchester Metropolitan University.