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Celebrating women #EmbracingEquity in the North East

  • Venue: Recovery College Collective (ReCoCo), No 1 Carliol Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6UF
  • Start: Wed, 08 Mar 2023 10:15:00 GMT
  • End: Wed, 08 Mar 2023 13:30:00 GMT

About this event 

On International Women’s Day 2023 we are embracing equity by celebrating resilience and showcasing the lived experiences of women in the North East of England in a joint event with the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria (NENC), REFORM, and Changing Futures Northumbria. This face to face event brings together experts by experience, researchers and practitioners to discuss the health and social care inequalities of women in the North East.

At this event we will present and discuss research and innovative practice from across the region and begin planning areas for future research. Presentations from a range of speakers include: Joanne McGrath (Northumbria University) and Trudi & Sue (experts by experience) who will discuss research exploring health impacts of hidden homelessness and social networks. Claire Smiles (Newcastle University) will share insights  from her Fuse funded PhD ‘Women’s Sexual Wellbeing Study’ with poetry by Patient and Public Involvement Lead Donna Kay. Amy Van Zyl (REFORM) will present findings from the “Still a Mam” report which explores women’s experiences of child removal. The session will include an overview of the wider public health cost of child removal as well stories presented by the women who have experienced it. And Sarah Charlton and Beverley Hunter (Changing Futures Northumbria) will discuss their innovative work with people who are currently under reached by services.

The event will include a workshop exercise inviting attendees to contribute to an ‘Iceberg Model’ of support. This first explores the kind of support that people are usually offered due to their ’Presenting/Visible Needs’, which will go on the part of the iceberg above water. We will then think about what’s ‘under the surface’, the ‘Invisible Needs’ which traditional support services don’t address but are vital to consider when working with someone who is facing multiple and complex disadvantages.

What will I gain from this? 

This event will provide an overview of current research exploring women’s health inequalities, how this is experienced, and the current unmet need within the region. Emerging findings from the various studies will be shared and reflected upon, with opportunities to discuss and ask questions. In addition, the event will provide an opportunity to contribute to a workshop prioritisation exercise for future research in this area. The event will also feature a celebration of women, including group artwork framing ideas for change.

Who should attend? 

This is an inclusive event which hopes to bring together a diverse range of people with an interest in women’s health and social care inequalities. Academics, researchers, practitioners, staff volunteers and members of the public with an interest in women’s health and wellbeing are encouraged to attend. 

Final programme - 8 March 2023


Joanne McGrath - Women’s experiences of hidden homelessness and social networks

Claire Smiles - Findings from the ‘Women’s Sexual Wellbeing (WSW)’ study

Wider health inequalities of child removal and how to overcome it - Amy van Zyl

Beverley Hunter and Sarah Charlton - What Matters to Me


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