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Staff Women's Network celebrates it's second birthday

Posted on 16 October 2023

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service' Women's Network celebrated it's second birthday party on Friday 13 October at the organisation's Joint Headquarters.

The Network is a space for both operational and non-operational colleagues who identify as female to come together for support, discussions, and learning. Male allies across the organisation also attend events as members.

Staff were joined by Assistant Chief Fire Officers Candida Brudenell and Damien West, and the Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry.

Attendees heard from Sian Trafford from the Nottingham Women's History Group, who spoke about the Women's Suffrage Movement in Nottingham, and Charlotte Hashim from Pure Wellbeing, who ran a session on wellbeing during the menopause. The afternoon ended with a Stretch and Relaxation session.

Ellie Watson, Chair of the Women's Network said, "it was really positive to see women and allies across the organisation come together to celebrate our Women's Network. 

"The afternoon was a chance to speak to new people, learn something new, and eat lots of cake.

"Members of the Network have achieved so much in the last two years, including organising Service-funded staff sanitary provision, reviewing our menopause policy, offering training and advice on our buildings and our uniform, and providing a space for mentoring and coaching, and more. These achievements are worth shouting about."

The Women's Network is just one of the employee networks we have to support our staff and make their voices heard, including the LGBT+ Network, Ethnic Minority Alliance Network and Disability Matters Network.

a group of people stand around a room talking
a speaker stands at the front of a room, next to a projector which shows a suffrage flag. in the foreground there are two blurry heads.
Sian from the Nottingham Womens History Group, speaking about Womens Suffrage in Nottingham.
a caterpillar cake with a 'two' stick in it