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Covid Recovery Initiative from Lancaster Women’s Organisation Launches

Lancaster’s business and entrepreneurial skills training organisation, The Growing Club CIC, is running a second cohort of the Peer Listening Project which supports women’s wellbeing.

Women are one of the groups who have been more severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Gender inequality for women surged during the height of the pandemic, where women undertook more unpaid work like caring responsibilities and having home-schooling children, where warnings were issued that women faced being shunted back to the 1950s in terms of society and inequality.

The Growing Club CIC’s own research corresponds with official studies, in that women’s wellbeing, emotional impact and increased financial burden has disproportionately increased imbalance and set back the minimal progress of ‘levelling the playing field’ in respect of gender inequality.

Prioritising women’s wellbeing in the community during and post-pandemic is a priority for The Growing Club CIC and the Peer Listening Project is the next phase in supporting local women and beyond. Benefits include:

  • improved listening skills
  • improved relationships
  • a chance to regularly speak and be heard
  • improved mental health and wellbeing
  • reduced anxiety and loneliness
  • become comfortable listening to others 
  • connect with others 
  • improved sense of self-worth

Quotes from women who took part in the previous project earlier in 2021 included

“Listening sessions with peers have afforded me a degree of connection which I often miss due to spending too much time alone.”

"The Project gave me an excellent set of tools to use in different areas of my life as well as within listening partnerships. It has given me my first listening partner, which is wonderful and I have already gained so much through this in just a few short weeks. I have been able to alleviate some really difficult anxiety through the listening partnership, which I am so grateful for. Having access to other listeners via the WhatsApp group is an invaluable resource too.”

The Peer Listening Project will run via Zoom on a Monday for two hours, for five weeks. The project begins with an introduction session on the 9th June and starts on the 16th June for five consecutive weeks.

The course is a part-funded course by Rosa‘s Covid-19 Response Fund, so costs are able to be kept to the minimum. The course is £25, but funded places are available for those in hardship or unwaged. Please contact Sarah Ludford for further details: Sarah@thegrowingclub.co.uk

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