Celebrating International Women's Day with women in Northern Ireland

8 March 2016

We're celebrating the remarkable achievements of disabled women in the UK and internationally and voicing their opinions this International Women’s Day.

Group photo: Clare Pelham with staff from Springfield Court in BelfastOur chief executive, Clare Pelham, was at Springfield Court in Belfast today talking to the disabled women who use Leonard Cheshire Disability services, as well as those who work there.

Siun and Marie

Clare Pelham with Siun and Marie

Siun lives in Springfield Court and has been volunteering for us for over six years.

‘I’m on the steering group for Be Safe, Stay Safe and I’m trying to set up a Northern Ireland user forum for developing the services locally. My advice to other women would be to take all the opportunities that come your way and build on them.’

Marie also lives in Springfield Court and volunteers her time. Her advice to women today is simple:

‘Just go for it!’

Eileen, Anita and Angela

Eileen ArnottEileen Arnott has worked with us for over 16 years. After beginning as a support worker, she now is a team leader.

‘I’ve taken opportunities when they have come my way and would encourage other women to be brave and do the same.’

Anita ScullionAnita Scullion has been at Springfield Court for over 15 years. She started as a support worker and now is managing four services in the Lurgan and Banbridge areas.

‘I love my role, no two days at the same. I’ve been given development opportunities that have given me my chance to shine.’

Angela KavanaghAngela Kavanagh has worked for us for 10 years. Starting out as a housekeeper, she undertook training and is now a support worker.

‘I didn’t think I wanted to study more to get promoted, but I love it and glad I did it.’

Clare Pelham with Angela, Eileen and Anita

Supporting women to make their mark

Clare talked about the balance of children and career and how she has felt very lucky to have had people offer their time and guidance throughout her career.

‘I feel really honoured to meet this group of clever and impressive women. They all share a determination, warmth and energy that has pushed them forward in their careers and in their ambitions.

‘We need to encourage many more women to put themselves forward, to believe in themselves. Leonard Cheshire Disability believes in the talents, careers and aspirations of women and we want to get better at supporting all women to make their mark.’ — Clare Pelham

See more ways in which women are celebrating International Women's Day.

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