On Wednesday 7th December 2016, Workshops for Women participated in Whalley Range High School’s ‘Deep Learning Day’, speaking to Year 8 girls about resilience, including what it means, why it’s important, and how we can use our strengths to become more resilient.

During the workshop, Year 8 girls shared people they knew or looked up to who they felt were resilient. Not surprisingly, family was big on the list, with a total of 80 mentions! Mum got the most of those mentions, with over 33 students listing her as their 'resilient person'. Not far after family was friends (20 mentions), ‘me’ (16), and teachers (7). Also mentioned were some famous names, the most popular being Nelson Mandela, Hilary Clinton, Adam Saleh, Barrack Obama, and Safia Sheikh. Youtube stars and celebrities such as Nicki Minaj and Selena Gomez were also popular.

We also asked the girls to share what helps them to be resilient. Support from family and friends was high on the list, as were 'inspirational people and stories'. 'Never giving up', self-belief, confidence, perseverance, and positivity were also seen as essential, as were some more interesting items, such as experiencing failure, faith, food, pets, and seeing results from the things you do. Struggle, suffering, and pain were mentioned as key elements of resilience, as were encouragement, compliments, and love. 

All in all the sessions were inspiring and engaging, and we really enjoyed getting the girls’ insight into how they felt about resilience. We also discussed the particular need for women and girls to be resilient, moving one student to write “Just because you’re a girl doesn’t mean that you’re weak”.

80% of the students agreed or strongly agreed that the session inspired them and 67% agreed or strongly agreed that they felt more confident about themselves as a result of the workshop. We are so pleased to hear that the girls got as much out of it as we did.

Some comments from the year 8 students:

“This has really helped me emotionally.”- Aleeza

“I really liked this lesson. It has made me quite confident and proud of myself.” –Kiran

“In my life now I feel really confident about not giving up later in life. Today’s workshop has been a really big help!” – Tanika

 

Thank you so much for having us Whalley Range High School! We really enjoyed working with your Year 8 girls, and hope to be back soon!