A group of girls in Banbury are feeling the heat after visiting a local fire station to meet female fire fighters in a mission to confront gender role stereotyping.
Visit to Banbury fire station
With funding from Sanctuary Housing, the girls-only self-esteem group, from The Hill Youth and Community Centre in Bretch Hill, visited Banbury fire station to meet the group of female fire-fighters based there.
As well as being able to try on some of the fire fighters’ kit and take a tour of the fire engine and station, the girls were given the opportunity to learn more about the role itself and to hear about the fitness and aspiration required to be a successful fire fighter.
Girls-only self-esteem group
The girls-only self-esteem group, aimed at those aged 10 to 16 years old, offers them with opportunities to enjoy sport and social activities with girls of a similar age, as well as looking at issues that concern them and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
“Understand the issue of gender stereotyping”
Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “The wonderful thing about their visit to meet the female fire fighter is that it inspired the girls to see that they can do anything they put their minds to. The purpose of this visit was for them to understand the issue of gender stereotyping that occurs within certain job roles and The Hill wanted the girls to see this shouldn’t get in their way.
“Community-led projects such as this are really important for our residents, addressing their needs and helping them realise the ambitions they hold for themselves and most importantly for their future.”
“Build their sense of self-worth”
Sheena Gow, from The Hill, added: “We want the girls to be able to meet with a range of people and try out different experiences that will broaden their horizons and build their sense of self-worth, helping them to realise their true potential. Visits like this play an important role in that process.”
The Hill Youth and Community Centre
The girls-only group is one of many youth and community services that are currently based at The Hill Youth and Community Centre, which has now received funding to be demolished and replaced. Cherwell District Council, which owns the building, is rebuilding the centre as part of its Brighter Futures in Banbury initiative. Sanctuary Housing has donated land for outside facilities and parking. A programme of activities will continue during the rebuilding work from various local venues.
Find out more
The group meets on Tuesdays between 5.30pm and 7pm at The Hill until further notice. To find out more information, call The Hill on 01295 266650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The Hill has received funding from Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities, and Cherwell District Council, as part of the Cherwell Active programme.