College Helps County Council Inspire Women Of The Future

Thu, 14/06/2001 - 01:00

A local council ran an inaugural event to inspire young girls on International Women’s Day (8th March 2012).

Schoolgirls from across County Durham were invited to County Hall in Durham to meet female role models.

Durham County Council chairman Dennis Morgan and vice-chairman Linda Marshall staged the event so they could meet businesswomen, councillors and other females of note.

The theme was Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures and saw girls aged 14 and 16 meet inspirational figures such as farmer’s wife, JP and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Sue Snowdon, Sri Lanka tsunami volunteer Sally Beth Marshall and Alison Batey, who founded Chester-le-Street florists Tied in Knots.

East Durham College and Derwentside College also attended to offer advice on training and education in land based studies and engineering respectively. Council staff also gave advice about careers in the fitness and leisure industry.

Dawn James who is the Curriculum Leader in Land and Plant Studies at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus took two Level 2 Horticulture Diploma students, Nathan Ayre, aged 18 from Chester le Street and James Mason, aged 19 from Shildon, to help inspire the schoolgirls about the opportunities in land based studies and careers.

“This was a great opportunity to introduce and explain the types jobs and roles that both genders can and do carry out in land based industries,” said Mrs James.

Councillor Marshall’s daughter, 25-year-old Sally Beth Marshall, travelled to Sri Lanka to volunteer after watching footage of the devastating tsunami on television in 2004.

She joined Roberta Blackman-Woods MP and Rachael Shimmin, corporate director for adults, well-being and health in chatting to the young people about their experiences.

Coun. Marshall said: “It was fabulous to see so many people taking part.

“There was a buzz about the event and you could see the girls really enjoyed talking to older women who could give valuable advice and an insight into their chosen fields.”