We believe International Women’s Day is a positive celebration that brings women together to promote solidarity and the building of women’s networks, to highlight women’s achievements and what still needs to be done to secure equality and equity for women in Calderdale, nationally and globally. That is why every year All 1 Collective commits to being part of the International Women’s Day celebrations around Calderdale.
IWD 2019 #BalanceforEquality
March 6th 2019 We will be at Queens Rd Neighbourhood Centre developing an interactive installation on the issues and priorities of local women.
March 13th 2019 – We will also be holding an exciting event at the Piece Hall in partnership with the WEA, the Women’s Centre, the Square Chapel and the Piece Hall.
This will include a performance by Kate Radford, followed by a panel of inspiring women including MP Holly Lynch, Sally Bogg (IT Business Role Model of the Year 2018), Deborah Newbold (Associate Artists Square Chapel), Angela Everson (Women’s Centre), Sisters United and Shirley Allen-Jackson (WEA).
In the afternoon participants will get to choose from 3 brilliant workshops: 1: Phenomenal Woman – radical poetry (Sally Baker); 2. Crafty Collectivism (Harriet Lawton); 3. Interactive Forum Theatre Anna: Daughters of Fortune (Mind the Gap)
The event is free but if you’re interested in coming please register by calling the WEA on 0300 303 34 63 giving the reference number: C3675361
Active Citizens is the British Council’s social leadership training programme that promotes intercultural dialogue and community-led social development. Since 2018, All One Collective has been working in partnership with the Worker’s Education Association (WEA) to deliver the programme in Calderdale and Sheffield. We have been training participants so that they can further develop their skills and knowledge to develop social action projects and to bring about positive social change in their communities.
In December 2018 we hosted a group of Active Citizens who came from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Morocco, Bury and Newcastle in Calderdale on an International Study Visit to see the amazingly vibrant community projects and organisations that exist in Calderdale.
In February 2019 two of our Active Citizens from Calderdale and Sheffield travelled to Ukraine, visited projects there and connected with other Active Citizens from all over the world.
Delivered throughout summer 2018, at Todmorden Learning Centre, the Feel Good Club aimed to improve well-being, reduce isolation and improve emotional resilience for participants
Six workshop sessions were delivered giving participants the opportunity to meet others from the area, explore techniques to develop confidence and self-belief, develop practical skills around public speaking and conflict resolution and to understand and develop active listening skills. Each session ended in a dialogue session using a ‘conversation café’ style methodology.
Following on from the project an informal peer support and meet-up group was established by the participants.
Welcoming asylum seekers and refugees, especially in deprived areas, can and does lead to increased conflict between communities, due to a perceived competition for resources such as housing, doctors’ appointments and school places. But many of the issues faced by refugees, asylum seekers and British people experiencing poverty are the same.
During 2017 and the beginning of 2018 All One Collective & Lab worked in partnership with the St. Augustine’s Centre to deliver a Stronger Communities pilot project. The aim of the project was to test different methodologies around the promotion of community cohesion.
The project delivered activities to promote better relationships between people of different backgrounds and to build confidence, skills and knowledge amongst community members to enable them to take action on issues important to their lives.
The project delivered a number of activities with community groups in Park Ward and North Halifax which included:
• Community Skill Training – focusing on raising political literacy and an understanding of the wider systems impacting on communities. The training also included training on practical and concrete skills in leadership and public speaking.
• Halifax Stories – an art-based programme of workshops delivered in partnership with Counterpoints Arts using story- telling and creative writing to explore the different identities of community participants and their connections to each other.
• Dialogue Sessions – Conversation Café style dialogue sessions run with community groups in Park
• Refugee Awareness Training – delivered by the St. Augustine’s Centre to children and young people in local schools
Watch this video to gain insights into the impact of our Community Skills Training programme. Delivered to participants of the Stronger Communities pilot project in the summer of 2017.