Colette (left), with other members of Women's Voices at Saturday's event

Speaking up, Chilling out!

Saturday’s peer research event was a great success. We invited women experiencing homelessness in Manchester to Speak up and Chill out and have their voices heard around the Women’s Direct Access Hostel redesign.

We had different pamper stations where women could get a haircut, a new make-up look, or a complete new style if they wanted!  Women had fun dressing up before getting their photo taken by a professional photographer.  The afternoon had a party atmosphere, with singing, dancing and good food a plenty.

Feedback from the women who came along was great. One woman said “I like meeting new people and everyone is very kind. I will never forget this day”, and another fed back that “this is the best I’ve felt in ages” and someone also said “thank you to everybody that’s contributed, giving people hope and putting smiles on their faces. Making women feel so equal. Thank you”.

Personally I’m excited to be empowering women in Manchester to find their voice and be part of the change in Manchester services, after all – they are the experts!

If you would like any more information about Women’s Voices or fancy joining us, get in touch.

Colette Cronshaw (Women’s Voice’s GROW Trainee)

Nadia Bennett (Women’s Voices GROW Trainee)


  • commented on September 26, 2016 by Tabz

    Such an empowering and creative peer research event, well done Women’s Voices Group!

  • commented on September 26, 2016 by James

    Fantastic stuff – This is really inspiring and great to see Women’s voices coming together and making change happen

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