We've started the New Year with a spring in our step...More Than Mum is back!
We have just received funding from the European Social Fund through the LIFT project administered by Norfolk County Council, to run two programmes in Ipswich - yay!
We have already recruited for the first programme which started on 23rd January, but don't worry - if you are interested in taking part, you'll be pleased to know we will be running another one in September 2020.
We also have DJ's lined up through the night- female of course!
Including DJ Mel, Saffron and Grace.
We are hoping to raise some funds and awareness of our work, to bring people together and showcase some of the amazing talent we have around this town!
Please come and join us on Saturday 27th July @ Cult Cafe from 2.00 pm.
March 11, 2019
International Women's Day 2019
Future Female Society were getting their voices heard during this years International Women's Day...
For the second year running, Founder Kim was invited to host an event at the East of England Co-op's Headquarters at Wherstead Park. Colleagues from across the business came together to listen to tips and advice, attend a workshop and hear a panel of inspirational women tell their stories.
Kim then hopped on a train to Norwich to appear on BBC Look East after being asked to give her advice on how women can support other women. The day wasn't over yet though as she then whizzed off in a taxi to the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket for an International Women's Day gig hosted by 'Get on the Soapbox Events' Amy Wragg.
At this event Kim was part of a panel discussion alongside Future Female Society Lead Facilitator Angelle Joseph, supported by our very own Girls Where You At crew member Sienna Potter who performed earlier in the evening.
Angelle and Sienna then went on to represent Future Female Society by performing at another International Women's Day gig in Diss (Kim had gone home to bed by this point... lazy!)
What a day for Future Female Society - bring on International Women's Day 2020!
December 13, 2018
Woman 2 Woman Radio
Our newest project 'Woman 2 Woman Radio' has been bubbling away in the background for few months now, and this week took a massive leap forward.
Getting women's voices heard is of primary importance to FFS and using radio is a superb way to do that. It also builds confidence, increases technical skills, improves English language skills - and is brilliant fun.
We have been working in partnership with Ipswich Community Media to visit their English classes and run radio sessions and the results have been hilarious, and brilliant.
We made a feature about improvements to the town centre, interviewed a local councillor even accosted some locals to gather some Vox Pops!
On Tuesday 5 November Girls Where You At (GWYA) stormed the bastions of the BBC and took over the airwaves!
Ok...they maybe didn't storm the BBC... they were maybe invited... by journalist Jon Wright to be part of his new Tuesday Takeover slot.... BUT anyway- they were magnificent.
They had been preparing stuff for weeks and when the mic turned to them- they clammed up ha! At first- but then they got into the swing of it and held their own for a two hour show.
What an accomplishment for this amazing group.
October 31, 2018
When Pudsey paid a visit...
Last year Girls Where You AT (GWYA) were really proud and fortunate to receive funding from Children In Need to support this brilliant project.
The money they gave paid for staff, room and equipment hire, specialist sessions and allowed us to ensure the girls had a brilliant year of sessions and experiences.
We are so grateful.
To top the year off, last week we were visited by the BBC to make a film of the project to go out on BBC Look East as part of a week of programmes showing where your money is spent.
The film is brilliant and we can't wait for you to see it, and for all of you that give to Children in Need...
THANK YOU xxx
October 08, 2018
Votes For Women!
WE DID IT!
Future Female Societyand a coalition of women's groups from across Ipswich came together as Women's Voices Women's Votes and pulled off THE most amazing festival day at the University of Suffolk.
We had talks, workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, a market place, performances - singers, poets. rappers, AN OPERA! We even had a bus park outside and named after Constantine Andrews, a local suffragette.
And let's not forget a party in the evening with feminist Comedian Kate Smurthwaite who was delightfully filthy!
It was soooo good, we are totally on a high.
We HAD to celebrate the centenary of some women getting the vote- it was IMPORTANT.
And we did - with bells on!
Well done to the Action Group and ALL the women involved and who came along.
September 13, 2018
Winner Winner chicken dinner!
Last night our More Than Mum project WON the Learning Project of the Year Award sponsored by East Coast College.
We were so pleased to receive this recognition for a fabulous project and had a great time at the awards ceremony. We took along some of the mums who have been part of the project and threw one of them in at the deep end to make a speech!
She was brilliant and showed just how much our support helped her on her journey.
Thank you all for this- ain't gonna lie, we love winning!!
July 18, 2018
Smashing it as More Than Mums
Our More Than Mum programme has come to an end and it was an amazing journey with this group of brilliant young women.
We have laughed, and cried, and learnt so much. I am truly sad the journey is over, for now.
We came together for a fundraising and celebration event today, and the group did us proud. They organised, baked, collected raffle prizes, second hand toys and clothes, painted faces and henna'd hands - and they ran the whole thing raising money for Future Female Society.
A BIG Thank You to all that came - especially our brilliant mayor!
July 06, 2018
Future Female Societyhad an stall at the awesome Global Rhythm festival , and we didn't even mind missing the quarter final of the world cup!
That was nowhere near as important as our Girls Where You At (GWYA) crew performing their songs again.
The Girls Where You At (GWYA) programme started in May and has been a really positive and energising programme, with some awesome girls signed up!
We have been learning radio production, video production, DJing, VJing, music and poetry as well as attending excellent community events such as May Day and and Global Rhythms.
The girls have been learning new skills alongside building their confidence and meeting many female role models in the creative industries. We have some positive news about funding going forward we hope to share soon, and the GWYA radio show should be hitting IO radio soon!
Our More Than Mum group has come to an end and culminated in a superb vintage tea party fundraising event for the St.Johns playgroup.
The More Than Mum group chose to help support the playgroup as it was upstairs in the hall where we met. They organised the event in two weeks, gathered raffle prizes, baked cakes, made posters and publicised the event and where thrilled when it was a full house with participants of all ages from the local area.
A total of £120 was raised and the playgroup were thrilled to receive the money which they are going to put towards their outdoor play area.
We are thrilled to be able to announce that Future Female Society has been awarded a grant of £10,000 to run our Girls, Where You At? Project from the Big Lottery Fund.
This project, in partnership with Ipswich Community Media and South Street Studios, will give young girls the skills, confidence and networks to inspire them to pursue careers in the creative industries.
For girls aged 13-20 this is an exciting and dynamic programme. Read more about our feature in the news HERE!
If you are interested in signing up or volunteering with the project please click the link below.
This is a community development programme aimed at supporting the Women of Whitehouse to get stuff done!
We know there are lots of women like you with great ideas, but you may not be sure how to put them into practice. This programme will develop your confidence, communication and presentation skills, it will also network you in with professionals who can help turn your ideas into a reality and give you access to possible funding.
The programme is starting in the new year and will be taking place at the Meeting place in Limerick Close.