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.

A second step towards sustainable Chinese Studies

A second step towards sustainable Chinese Studies

Cardiff Confucius Institute, in partnership with Lampeter Confucius Institute, organised a second pan-Wales Schools forum in a bid to help the growth of sustainable Chinese Studies at all levels in Wales.

Welsh schools and organisations were invited to University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen for a two-day round table discussion with language experts, modern foreign language advisors, Chinese tutors, validating authorities and language practitioners to explore the future of Chinese Studies.

Discussions were also built on issues that were raised in the first forum that took place last year in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Cardiff and involved representatives of Cardiff Council, the Welsh Assembly, and Cilt Cymru, who joined teachers, head-teachers, modern foreign language advisors and examination/validation authorities.

As part of the Confucius Institutes for Wales China Schools Project, both forums sought to work alongside all schools in Wales currently engaging in activities with China and also to raise aspirations for other schools that would like to see Chinese studies integrated into their programmes in the future.

Scott Andrews, Project Manager of Cardiff Confucius Institute said: “This second meeting of the Wales China Schools forum has attracted even more schools than last year and demonstrates the increasing interest in the development of Chinese language opportunities as a genuine alternative to other modern foreign languages in both primary and secondary schools across Wales.”

Helen Potts, School Governor of Llanfair Primary School benefited from the second forum. She said: “It was a really good event that provided a really helpful understanding of all the opportunities available to build Mandarin/Chinese Culture learning units into the curriculum.”