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100 Women First awards at Mercure Hotel in Bridgwater

Tuesday 14th September, 2021

AN awards ceremony to celebrate women’s successes took place at the Mercure Hotel in Bridgwater on Tuesday, September 14.

Members of the 100 Women First project came together for a high tea to celebrate the positives that emerged from a difficult 18 months.

Tracey Armstrong-Stacey, employment and skills outreach officer at Sedgemoor District Council (SDC) said the pandemic can be ‘very damaging’ to people’s mental health. And so she has been working hard to promote good mental health during the 100 Women First programme.
“I think one of the most positive things that has come out of the pandemic is that professionals are paying attention to our wellbeing and we are able to talk about our difficulties without having to feel ashamed,” she said.

“The pandemic made us change the way we delivered activities and learning, people still needed supporting but we weren’t able to meet up. I had never heard of Zoom before, but we quickly adapted organising events online.”

Events organised by the 100 Women First project have included:

A virtual quiz
Christmas Cracker craft event
Employability skills Clinics
Soft Skills Sessions
Transformative Yoga Nidra and Wellness sessions
A guided walk across the Quantocks to Cothelstone Hill onto St Agnes Well
Team building retreat at Wimbleball.
Mental Health First Aid course
First Aid at work
Meet the Employer Hinkley Point C events
Business start-up and self-employment
Zoom Bootcamp sessions
And there have been many more events too.

To date 127 women have joined up to the programme, with 58 taking up training opportunities, 48 back in employment.

So far, there have been 17 who have started their own business, seven who have taken up volunteering roles and two who now have jobs at Hinkley Point C.