That time of year is approaching again when the FBU’s women members get together at Wortley Hall in Sheffield to debate ideas, discuss issues impacting on women in the FRS, identify priorities for the National Womens’ Committee for the coming year and spend time with colleagues from around the UK. School this year takes place from 13-15 April.
Previous Womens’ School participant Amy Radcliffe from Cambridgeshire said of her experience:
“I first heard about national women’s school when another FBU member highlighted it to me – so if you’ve been and you liked it, spread the word. It’s how I got there!
"I was interested in meeting other women from across the fire service and it seemed like a great opportunity to do that. I was really nervous going by myself, but I didn’t need to be. Wortley Hall where it is held is such a beautiful location and as soon as I arrived I was greeted by members of the committee and made to feel very welcome.
"Over the three days there are workshops and activities which I found really informative and enjoyable. Whilst you definitely learn a lot it’s not like being back at school, and there’s a great social aspect to the weekend and a real sense of solidarity.
"I would highly recommend the school to anyone. Food, travel, accommodation and crèche facilities are all covered by the union so you don’t need to worry about it being an expensive weekend. If you’re thinking of going but you are unsure, speak to someone you know has been before or reach out to the women’s committee who are all very approachable and helpful.”
And this is what one of the participant’s children, Harriet, 14, said:
“The food is unreal! The views from our bedroom are awesome whatever the weather, and it’s the best place to play hide and seek, inside and out! All the staff are so kind and friendly.”
Various workshops are yet to be finalised, but will include ‘Women’s health and safety’, ‘What your union can do for you’ and ‘Mentoring & confidence building’. Inspirational speakers including Sian James are scheduled. Interactive sessions are conducted in a relaxed, safe environment.
A Crèche which caters for all age groups including an evening service is provided for as part of the school.
Help celebrate 100 years of the FBU and the 21st Women’s School. Join us and take this excellent opportunity to share stories and experiences.
To book your place contact Samantha Rye, national women's committee secretary, via email ([email protected]) or telephone (07508 725 103)