In 2015 Lancashire Women's Centres celebrated 30 years of operation. The first seeds of the organsiation were sown in 1982, following work by women connected with the local Labour Party who were keen to raise awareness of and seek to tackle high infant mortality rates in the town of Blackburn.
The lives of women in Lancashire have changed significantly within the last 30 years and our organisation continues to change to respond to this. We hold at the core an idea that gender matters and that women are the beating heart of communities and families.
Following a successful "Maternity Day School" event, held at Bangor Street Community Centre in partnership with local health professionals, a consensus emerged about the need for a local preventative health service for women.
In 1983 a steering group was established which sought to establish a Well Women's Centre in Blackburn, and which would be based on national Well Women's Centre Guidelines produced in 1982. Campaigning and fundraising activity built in momentum, and the charity was able to purchase our Wellington Street Centre and open the doors to local women by 1985.
The past three decades have seen growth and development, with the charity now operating right across the county. However, our core principles remain the same and our network of centres provide a safe space which is run by and for women and which works to foster health and wellbeing in a person centred and holistic way. Thanks to funding received from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a commemorative book was produced which charts our journey from Blackburn and District Well Women's Centre to the organisation we are today.
A celebratory book, produced with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, marking the 30th Anniversary of the charity - charting change and growth in both the organisation and the women who access our services.