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Baroness Randerson celebrates Women Making a Difference


Lyn Richards receives her award

8 April 2011

Baroness Randerson celebrates Women Making a Difference

Baroness of Roath Park, Jenny Randerson was the special guest at an inspiration award ceremony last Thursday.

The ceremony was a celebration of achievements by students on the Women Making a Difference programme organised in partnership with Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning and the Welsh Assembly.

The programme offers a range of courses that aim to give women the confidence and skills to be able to take an active role at every level in their communities and in public life. This could be in politics, business, civil service or community leadership. What’s more, it benefits women who would otherwise not have a public voice or benefit from Higher Education.

Jenny Randerson presented the well-deserving women with awards in Engendering Change, Women into Public Life, Women into Management and Active Citizens Training.

Lyn Richards, a student on the programme that received an award said: “One of the most interesting and important things about the course was meeting the other women. Women in their twenties to their sixties take part and it is all very enjoyable because these women are from different backgrounds and cultures.

“The Women into Management course encourages a feeling of self-worth and achievement. I feel it has developed my potential. It has been so enjoyable and has covered such varied and interesting topics, there is something for everyone, regardless of age or culture. Overall I have gained academic achievement, fulfilment, inspiration, motivation and social involvement. I would like to continue my studies.”

The ceremony also included speeches from different women, including: Contsance Nzeneu from Women Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group, Gill Webber from Wellbeing Regeneration, Annette Monks from BAWSO and the Baroness herself. Each spoke inspiringly about their challenges and rewarding experiences of their roles in public life.

The ceremony took place in the Reardon Smith lecture theatre in the National Museum Wales.

You can find out more about these courses here.