THE achievements of women in South Tyneside have been recognised during a special event.
Women’s Health In South Tyneside (Whist) – based in Mile End Road, South Shields – heaped praise on its members, many who have overcome a number of issues to complete a range of courses.
The certificate presentation, attended by South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck, was all part of the group’s celebration of International Women’s Day.
Corinne Devine, volunteer support worker at Whist, said: “It was really important for our women to be recognised for their achievements.
“A lot of them come to us with no confidence, or they haven’t had a very good experience at school.
“What they achieve can be life changing.
“Some of them go on to college to gain further qualifications.
“The presentation was part of a huge event, which saw us working in partnership with women’s groups, Changing Lives and Options.
“We had an exhibition of inspirational women on display, loaned to us from the Hatton Gallery, as well as guest speakers.”
Certificates were presented for a range of subjects including volunteering skills, counselling, assertiveness, confidence building and complementary therapies.