Celebrating International Women’s Day

We celebrated International Women’s Day at Carers Leeds by extending an invitation to our Women’s Group to other female unpaid carers in Leeds. We enjoyed an afternoon of poetry and held a creative writing workshop. The workshop used writing prompts such as thinking about our journey today so far since waking up this morning and, as you can imagine, these were very individual stories but all had a recurrent theme. We had some wonderfully descriptive pieces and stories shared.

We also played a fun music quiz inspired by female artists and consumed copious amounts of tea/coffee and cake. After our quiz, carer and performance poet Yvonne Ugarte, who attends our monthly women’s group, wrote us a beautiful poem to inspire our day,  entitled Monsoon.  You can read Monsoon here, and we are very grateful for your contribution Yvonne.

Alongside our workshops and quiz, we spoke about International Women’s Day and it’s history of fighting for equality. At Carers Leeds we believe that no-one should provide unpaid care at the expense of their own health, finances, or relationships. But we know many women do. Our vision is that all unpaid carers are recognised, valued and supported to live a fulfilling life and we will continue to fight to give women who care the proper respect and recognition they deserve.

If you are interested in joining our Women’s group please contact Jo Jenner on 07399 492 263 or give our Advice Line a call. We meet on the first Thursday of every month, 12.30-2pm at Vale Circles in Beeston and more information about the group can be found here.