Centre marks women’s day

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PETERBOROUGH Women’s Centre was the place to be as the centenary of International Women’s Day was marked in the city.

Last Tuesday proved a day of both opportunity and remembrance for staff at the centre, in Broadway, as they celebrated the 100th International Women’s Day (IWD) with information sessions, guest speakers and a dedication to one of its founding members.

Recent MBE recipient Glennis Bentley was the star speaker on the day, talking to more than 60 visitors at the centre about women’s ability to succeed and the voluntary work she has been praised for doing in Peterborough.

The day also saw the dedication of the centre’s recently refurbished conference room to founding member and former Mayor of Peterborough Mary Rainey, who died in February 2010.

Mrs Rainey was also chairman of the centre between 1999 and 2009 after being one of the driving forces in its opening in 1988.

Stella Lanning, manager at the centre, said Mrs Rainey was remembered fondly and also spoke of the success of their IWD event.

She said: “The dedication was something that attracted a lot of people in the city as many of them remember Mary and she did a lot for this centre and the city.

“Glennis Bentley was very inspirational, talking about how you can succeed even when it seems impossible, as well as talking about the work she did with community associations and youth clubs in the city. It was a very successful event.”

As well as the guest speaker and the dedication, centre staff were also on hand to speak to visitors about the services they provide.

These include parenting classes, homework clubs for families, working with ex-offenders alongside the Probation Service and even running a Dad’s Club on Saturdays.

The centre is reliant on grants and fundraising to keep going and it is looking for new funding streams with a grant from the Ministry of Justice for its work with ex-offenders due to run out at the end of this month.

Anyone who wishes to help out can contact the centre on 01733 311564.