It was a busy day on Sunday for the many female volunteers at Diversity Matters who attended a Volunteer Celebration in the morning and helped run a successful Family Fun Day in the afternoon.
As the sun made a rare appearance on Sunday the 25th of March, lots of people made their way to Hyde’s Grafton Centre where local charity Diversity Matters North West (until recently known as Hyde Community Action) held their annual gathering to celebrate the achievements of their volunteers in combination with a Family Fun Day celebrating the achievements of international women over the last 100 years.
Women drive the work
The theme of the day was women. We heard the stories of ladies from every part of society – from hard-working housewives and supportive volunteers, to self-made women as well as the fantastic and enthusiastic Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Joyce Bowerman, who gave a fantastic opening speech to start the day. The Mayor also stayed on to enjoy hearing all the inspirational and humbling stories of the DMNW volunteers and to enjoy all the activities in the afternoon.
In her speech, DMNW’s Chair of Trustees, Caroline Gregory, told the audience: “DMNW achieves a lot with a little, and we do this because of our excellent volunteers!”
Caroline continued: “The experience and confidence gained through volunteering can be used in many different ways and for many this is part of their journey into further training and employment.”
From shy to confident
Before opening up for an afternoon of female performers and family fun, the guests at the Volunteer Celebration heard the story of Rubina, who said:
“Before coming to Diversity Matters I was shy and had no confidence at all. I was looking for a job and my aunty suggested I go there to volunteer. Then I went and worked on the Stop Using Tobacco project and supported Arm Chair Exercise.
I am really glad that I came to Diversity Matters. I just want to say that, those women who want to get job and need to build confidence just come to Diversity Matters and start work as a volunteer. They will encourage you and guide you until you reach your goal.”
Activities all around
The afternoon was as eventful as the morning. The crowds enjoyed performances by local performers and heard the story of DNMW’s Trustee, the remarkable Liza, who shared how she has reinvented herself as a successful business owner after many years spent looking after family.
There was plenty to occupy both young and old. The bouncy castle was fully occupied throughout the afternoon, the queue at the ice cream van was reminiscent of a summer’s day, the craft activities and henna/glitter tattoo booths were busy, there was plenty to see on the many stalls and even an energetic Zumba class that saw both the Civic Mayor and DMNW Chief Officer dance along to some groovy tunes.