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Bermondsey women learn handy new skills

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Over 50 women from Bermondsey and Rotherhithe came together at the Beormund Centre on Saturday to celebrate International Women's Week.

Women's carpentry workshop at the Beormund Centre
Women's carpentry workshop at the Beormund Centre

The event was promoted by Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Neighbourhood Renewal in co-operation with the Hyde Group, Southwark Council's regeneration partners for Bermondsey Spa.

"We arranged for a group called Women and Manual Trades to deliver two workshops on carpentry and electrical skills which the women really seemed to enjoy," says Jean Douglas of Hyde Plus.

"The workshops taught basic skills such as how to use hand tools safely, drilling, changing a lock and wiring a lamp. Childcare was also provided throughout the day by Kids & Play Mobile Creche.

"Hyde works hard to build thriving communities, investing in local people through Hyde Plus schemes and partner initiatives. We are pleased to be supporting this scheme to empower local women and provide them with new skills and opportunities."

The afternoon session included free alternative health treatments and workshops run by Serenity and Balance , which included Indian head massage, manicure, back massage and reflexology. A local organisation, Tower Christian Women's Group, brought a taste of Africa to the event with a vibrant fashion parade.

The Hyde Group is working in partnership with Southwark Council to regenerate a number of sites in Bermondsey Spa as part of a massive regeneration programme. The master plan was adopted in 2000 and includes the development of 2000 new homes, new health youth, shopping and leisure facilities.

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