About this Event

Calling all fashion lovers, equality supporters and local community members!

Fashion Week is fast approaching and Women’s Equality Party York invites you to join us for an evening of bubblies and clothes swapping!

Research shows that fashion generates 4% of the world’s waste each year, amounting to 92 million tons across the world. An average consumer throws away 70 lbs of clothing each year, 95% of which could be reused or recycled.

As an environmental and socially sustainable approach to updating your wardrobe, this year’s community clothes swap will be held at Heslington Village Meeting Hall on 26 March from 19:00-21:00.

Drop by with your old clothes and fill a bag-for-life with new-to-you items to update your wardrobe. Last year’s event included such gems as cozy jumpers, party dresses, athletic wear and even a few vintage-made pieces.

Curious to see what this year’s event will include?

Tickets for the event will be £5 or £10 (depending on what you’re able to donate) and will be payable at the door. In addition to covering the cost of attaining a bag full of new-to-you clothes, tickets will also include a glass of Prosecco or soft drink.

All proceeds raised will be used to fund future WEP events/campaigns.

Whether you’re a WEP supporter. community member and/or keen to support sustainable fashion, we hope we’ll see you there!

A half day conference focusing on priority issues for women in York.

Women’s voices must be part of all policy and decision making in York that impacts on women’s lives and futures in our city.

Join us to:

Find out what the York Women’s Forum/York Human Rights City Network’s commissioned survey in 2019 tells us.

Participate in workshops to discuss priority issues in York for women: equality, power, safety, health, work, austerity, education, environment.

Hear from a panel of local women in politics (from across the political spectrum) with time for your questions afterwards. Participants to date:

Councillor Rosie Baker. Green Party. www.york.greenparty.org.uk

Councillor Anna Perrett. Labour Party. Deputy Leader / Health and Adult Social Care Spokesperson for the Labour group on Council . www.yorklabour.org.uk

Councillor Paula Widdowson. Liberal Democrat Party. Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change. www.yorklibdems.org.uk

Representative from York Conservative Party (TBC). www.yorkconservatives.co.uk

Representative from the Women’s Equality Party. www.womensequality.org.uk. Facebook at wepyork.

Should there be a ‘Womanifesto’ for York?

The conference is inclusive of everyone who self-identifies as a woman. Due to the nature of some of the themes/topics that may be discussed at the conference, we advise using your discretion when considering booking tickets for under 16s.

Clements Hall is about a 15 minute walk from York Railway Station, and about a 5 minute walk from Nunnery Lane bus stops. There is parking available in the car park of the school over the road from Clements Hall. Please see/contact www.clementshall.org.uk for more information on accessiblity at the venue.

Any questions? Email us at yorkwomensforum@gmail.com

Most of the women who ever lived left no trace on the record of history and everything we’ve known about ordinary women suggests they were powerless and downtrodden. Professor Suzannah Lipscomb brings us a different story and allows us to hear the voices of sixteenth-century women, telling us the realities of their lives and showing us the ways in which they could be powerful.

Professor Lipscomb is a well-known British historian, academic and TV presenter who has written and appeared in a number of television and radio programmes about British history. In January 2019 she was appointed to a personal chair as Professor of History at the University of Roehampton.

As organisations with lived experience of poverty, we the APLE Collective are working to tackle poverty across the UK.

APLE invite activist groups with lived experience to two follow up framing workshops bespoke to people with direct experience of poverty. The workshops will provide an in-depth look at the framing tools and how we can use them to build public and political will to take action

  • Workshop One. Thursday 19th March 2020 @ Priory Centre, York.
  • Workshop Two. Tuesday 30th June 2020 @ Priory Centre, York.
  • Who are we: The APLE Collective stands for Addressing Poverty through Lived Experience. Our aim is to create a sustainable, grassroots network across the UK to raise awareness of poverty, reduce stigma and work together with others to eradicate it.

The workshops will be co-hosted with The Frameworks Institute. They are designed for people advocating from a place of experience and are delivered in an inclusive and participatory way. The workshops will equip participants with the tools and knowledge on how to talk about poverty in a way that encourages people to look at the change needed within systems instead of blaming the individual.

The workshops are specifically for groups looking to reach beyond the ‘already converted’ and to engage with the general public in an effective way that not only builds awareness, but also the will to take action.

The workshops have been designed and will be delivered alongside people with experience.


Cost: FREE

Access: Wheelchair accessible; accessible toilets; hearing loop; limited free disabled parking on forecourt

About:  Yorkshire women who lived life to the full, taking risks, standing their ground. Wendy Rayne-Davis discusses York Saint Margaret Clitherow (new bio with trial transcripts). Pauline Kirk discusses the life and work of Rita Jerram. Patricia Riley, children’s rights activist and biographer of Githa Sowerby, talks of her work and that of Leeds suffragist Isabella Ford. Short readings; each book available at cost, just for this event. Refreshments available.

Organiser:  Stairwell Books: t: 07914271871; http://www.stairwellbooks.co.uk

Where: Wellbeing in York, The Raylor Centre, James St, York YO10 3DW

Cost: £5. Tickets in advance from https://wellbeinginyork.org/

Profits to Wellbeing in York Outreach Service which takes mini treatments to women unable to access the centre

Access: Wheelchair accessible; accessible toilet; no hearing loop

About:  Another chance to talk about how menopause matters to you, and hear from some complementary therapists about how they can help. Includes food that can help you balance your hormones.

Organiser: Wellbeing in York, June Tranmer: t: 07932 163602/ 01904 927157; enquiries@wellbeinginyork.org

Join us at Millennium Fields to help maintain and improve this award winning grassland site.

We’ll be doing various tasks on the grassland and small woodland to maintain and improve these areas for both wildlife and people. This month we’ll be working in the woodland behind the meadow. We’re going to do some thinning, coppicing, and pruning to rejuvenate some of the trees and encourage trees to regrow to make elaborate multi-stemmed structures – perfect for low nesting birds!

Any age and ability welcome. Under 13s must be accompanied by an adult and 13-17 year olds need parental consent.

Free entry.

These sessions are supported by the Growing Green Spaces fund. Growing Green Spaces is a small grants programme funded by City of York Council and managed by York CVS.

Where: York Theatre Royal, St Leonard’s Place, York YO1 7HD

Cost: £23 per ticket. Plus 50 free tickets to women who cannot afford to attend. All profits to PTSL support services. Tickets from http://www.pregnantthenscrewedlive.com.

Access: As this event will use the whole theatre, please check here – http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/visiting-us/access/ or phone  01904 623568

About: Pregnant Then Screwed Live is the UK festival of motherhood and work. We bring together the funniest, most inspirational women we can find to help you rebuild your confidence and find work that works for you. Speakers include: Rosie Ramsey, Candice Brathwaite, Emma Conway, Sophie Walker and many more.

Organiser:  Pregnant Then Screwed: hello@pregnantthenscrewed.com; http://www.pregnantthenscrewed.com; I: @pregnant_then_screwed; T: @pregnantscrewed; FL Maternitydiscrimination

A Frock for FROK 2020

When: 14th March │ 14.00–16.00 Event is weather dependent so check website or with the organiser if in doubt on the day

Where: YUMI Community Garden, Fulford allotments, off Fordlands Rd, York YO10 4NU (signage on the day)

Cost: FREE

Access: The area is flat but can be muddy; portaloo on site.

About: Across York there are fantastic organisations led by women, all working towards a better more inclusive environment. We plant trees, work to reduce food waste and improve the environment around us, as well use gardening to build respect and integration throughout the city. Come along and find out more about projects across York, plant some seeds to take home, try out some different bikes and exchange unwanted books.

Organiser:  Candi Colbourn, York Unifying Multicultural Initiative: t: 07979865279; http://interculturalyork.org/events

Where: Theatre 1, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX

Cost: £2/by donation to the Real People Theatre charity

Access: Wheelchair access; accessible toilets; no hearing loop

About: Real People Theatre in collaboration with York Spoken Word will host an “open mic” anchored by 3 set pieces on the theme of how climate change is causing us to re-think our attitude to how we live on this planet. Bring your poetry, prose, songs, stories, hopes and fears to share or just come and listen. Plenty of audience discussion ensured. Please register your interest. All welcome.

Organiser: Real People Theatre. Contact Rose Drew, t: 07914271871; yorkspokenword@yahoo.co.uk OR Sue Lister, t: 01904 488870

Where: Wellbeing in York, The Raylor Centre, James St, York YO10 3DW http://www.wellbeinginyork.org

Cost: FREE – donations to Wellbeing in York Outreach Services, taking mini treatments to women unable to access the Centre

Access: Wheelchair accessible; accessible toilet; no hearing loop

About: How can women in complementary therapies gain the recognition they deserve to be able to help care for the health of our citizens? Where is the evidence of respect for the oldest therapies in the world? Looking at examples of where it works and what we can learn.

Organiser: Wellbeing in York: t: 01904 927157; june@wellbeinginyork.org