Forty young people. Five youth work projects. One mission: to give Scots women their rightful place in history.
At the foot of the Galloway hills, work is already well underway to make our #scotswummin mission a reality. Newton Stewart is home to the biggest of our projects, with youth workers Lisa and Shaun training up 22 young heritage investigators. Laura Kiltie, Community Learning and Development worker at Dumfries and Galloway Council, reports back on their first month.
Since we launched in January, our group have been busy making a start on their Participative Democracy certificate. The Certificate helps young people to develop communication, decision-making and negotiation skills. Lisa and Shaun led team-building and research activities, all of which helped frame the group’s research questions. We’ll be focusing our research on four areas: community champions, education, hobbies and leisure, and jobs and work.
So now they’re ready to start interviewing potential Scotswummin and local influencers – it turns out they already had a few in mind! The group have organised coffee morning events in the local community, inviting women from all over the local area to take part in focus groups. They’ve also arranged to visit local hospital and day centres, hoping to discover more hidden historical heroines from some of the residents there.
There’s also plans afoot to celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March with a coffee morning in Wigtown County Buildings. We hope from that they will be able to identify local women past and present who have made a significant contribution to the community.
We’re always looking for stories, photographs and memorabilia of influential women from Dumfries and Galloway, so please get in touch if you’d like to nominate a potential Scotswummin.