Truro City Council supports Inspiring Women Network project at Malpas Road Community Centre

3 April 2024

Truro City Council is supporting an exciting partnership between Inspiring Women Network and the Malpas Road Community Centre.

Dedicated to empowering women and fostering inclusivity in Cornwall, Inspiring Women Network (IWN) is a women-led diverse community organisation founded in 2012. Since then, it has evolved into a vibrant grassroots organisation creating positive change by providing support and empowerment to women from all walks of life.

The partnership will see members of IWN providing a range of activities at the Centre which are aimed at enriching the lives of residents and contributing to the vibrancy of the local area. 

The organisation has already delivered a gathering for Spanish-speaking (and learners) families and individuals which welcomed over 30 people. The aim is to make this a monthly event. with the next gathering currently due to take place on Saturday 27 April.

On Friday 19 April members of IWN will hold a drop-in session between 10 am and 12 noon to meet people in the local community. As well as providing an opportunity for people to learn more about IWN and what they do, it will enable the group to find out how they can serve the local community.  Tea \ coffee / biscuits will be available.

Following the drop-in session, weekly workshops will take place between 10 am and 12 noon every Friday during term time, providing an opportunity for people to try out craft activities or just make new friends and enjoy a cup of tea.

“IWN is more than just an organisation; it’s a community,” says Nour Chakroun, founder and director at IWN. “Our core mission is to connect, inspire, and empower women to thrive and achieve their unique potential. Moving into the Malpas Road Community Centre allows us to further this mission by providing a welcoming space for women to come together, share their stories, and support one another.”

“We are very pleased to have Inspiring Women Network delivering at Malpas Road Community Centre “ said Truro City Council’s Community Development Officer Damien Richards.  “ The centre is there to improve lives and bring communities together so having Inspiring Women Network, Children and Family Services and the CHAOS Community Larder located there together means we are going some way to achieve this.

“We will be meeting regularly with partners to discuss what is being delivered, the difference it is making to the local community and how we can further support them.”

IWN welcomes women of all backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and abilities offering a range of services and activities, including workshops, support groups, and community events. IWN is known for the vibrant, affirming, and inclusive spaces they create where women and their families can come together to support each other. The organisation’s work extends beyond its physical location, reaching over 1,000 women in the past year alone.

“We are committed to building an equitable, just, and inclusive Cornwall for all women and their families,” adds Nour Chakroun. “Our tenancy at the Malpas Road Community Centre represents a new chapter for IWN, and we look forward to continuing to make a positive impact in the community.”

For more information about Inspiring Women Network and its programmes, visit www.inspiringwomennetwork.co.uk or visit their social media platforms.

The City Council’s Community Development team supports a number of local communities by developing and managing projects for the oldest and the youngest in the community and actively works with them to improve their lives, help grow the use of community centres and open areas and encourages strong, open community groups to deliver positive action in their neighbourhoods.

For further information about the work of the City Council please visit https://truro.gov.uk/

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