Mersey Care NHS Trust are staging an event on 6 March to begin the celebrations for International Women’s Day when they will gather information which they hope will guide the future development of services across the city.
It is the fourth year Mersey Care have run an event to mark International Women’s Day, which has been held annually on 8 March since 1911 to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.
Staged at Oakmere Conference Centre, from 9.30am until lunch at 1.00pm, the event will be opened by Beatrice Fraenkel, chairman of Mersey Care NHS Trust.
It will also inform a report by the Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, who are evaluating from a wide range of girls and women about their experience of caring and parenting and the impact it has on their physical or mental wellbeing.
“We hope to share the early findings of that work at the event,” explained Carol Bernard, Women’s and Think Family lead for the Trust. “Those attending will hear personal experiences from young carers, a parent and from a more experienced carer and we will, of course, be seeking the views of those present.
“The views of those attending are vital if we are to move forward as a city and help support the physical and mental health of carers and parents, whose wellbeing is often overlooked because of the needs of those in their care.”
The findings from the event will help inform the final report, which is due out later this year, and will guide Mersey Care’s future policy and direction of their services.
The event will also include a singing workshop with renowned Liverpool choir ‘Sense of Sound’, while Pauline Rowe, the poet in residence for Mersey Care will attend with poems written especially for the occasion.
All are welcome for the event, but spaces are limited and can be obtained by registering firstname.lastname@example.org .