The IWD event, organized by community organization The Washington Group at Blackpool Sixth Form, focused on five key themes – being the best you can be and believing in yourself; well-being and benevolence; bringing young women into technology and science; playing sports and being active; and the environment.
The summit was opened by Deborah Terras, director of TWG and Jill Gray, director of Blackpool Sixth Form, it also featured workshops from Fleetwood Town Community Trust offering yoga sessions, North West Pentathlon GB Hub, laser shooting, Fylde Coast speakers club and Blackpool firm Code Galaxie.
Dame Julia Cleverdon opened the afternoon session, with comedian Ruth Cockburn directing to bring out female voices.
It was sponsored by the councils of Beaverbrooks, Wyre and Fylde, BIU, Blackpool Transport and Victrex.
Young people had the chance to discover various careers
Debbie added: “Saturday was just the start of raising the voices of young women on platforms who need to listen to young people to help shape their services. The strategy calls for businesses and organizations to help her success for all young people.” Photo by BT Photography
Deborah Terras, Director of The Washington Group, said: “The IWD22 Festival Summit has lasted four years, we now have the foundation to make a difference on the Fylde Coast, to make it a better and fairer place to live. This youth-led five-year strategy will be the link between what is positive in our community’s strengths and where the gaps are, linking to the incredible plans and strategies across the three areas, Blackpool Fylde and Wyre.” Photo by BT Photography
The TWG invited businesses and organizations to take an active role in the afternoon element of the IWD22 Summit. The World Café session helped support and advance the identified needs of young women and cement the actions of the five-year strategy Photo by BT Photography