Volunteers Melissa Todd, Louise O’Toole, Joanne Jenkinson, and Carlo Petza

International Women's Day: Young women in Blackpool set five year agenda to make the Fylde coast a better place to live and work

Community leaders, businesses and young women from across the Fylde coast celebrated International Women’s Day by meeting to draw up a five year strategy to improve their lives.

The IWD event, organised by community organisation, The Washington Group at Blackpool Sixth Form, focussed on five key themes – being the best you can be and believing in yourself; wellbeing and kindness; getting young women into technology and science; sport and being active; and the environment.

The summit was opened by Deborah Terras, director of TWG and Jill Gray, principal 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 Galaxy.

Dame Julia Cleverdon opened the afternoon session, with comedian Ruth Cockburn setting the scene to have female voices heard.

It was sponsored by Beaverbrooks, Wyre and Fylde councils, BIU, Blackpool Transport and Victrex.

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