Join us on 6th March 2020 for Kyra’s International Women’s Day

We’re excited to welcome all women (both members and non-members) to this special event in March.

When you arrive, volunteers (wearing blue lanyards) will help you sign up for the activities you want to take part in. There will be a range of stalls offering advice, therapies, activities and other treats all day. We are charging 50p for entry and you’re welcome to stay as long as you want and this covers all activities.

Let our volunteers know if you have any access needs or if you would like some time away from the activities. We have rooms set aside to provide a quiet space if you feel overwhelmed. We will have a photographer here to document the day, please let a volunteer know if you don’t want to be in any photos.

We will be serving refreshments throughout the day and you’ll be spoilt for choice with a selection of delicious homemade foods at lunch.


Registration | 10:00 – 10:30 | Main hall

Volunteers will be on hand to direct you and sign you up for any activities you want to do. We’ll be serving refreshments in the Main Hall throughout the day.

Welcome | 10:30 – 10:45 | Chapel

The day will start with a welcome from the Civic Party and Chair of the Kyra Women’s Project:

Janet Looker – Lord Mayor of York Jo Trythall – Sheriff of York
Natalie McMillan – Chair of Trustees

Rag Rug Crafting | 10:00 – 16:00 | Upstairs

Have fun turning old t-shirts and forgotten favourites into recycled works of art with the age-old skill of rag rugging. Carol and Angela will share the skills you need to make unique rag rugs, cushions and art to spice up your home. Careful though, it’s addictive!

LUSH massage | 10:00 – 16:00 | Upstairs

Lush return to Kyra on International Women’s day to offer pampers to everyone. They will be demoing their beautiful products, offering hand and arm massages, and selling their fresh handmade cosmetics.

Kyra Creativity | 10:45 – 11:30 | Chapel

  • Celebrate the talents of our members with: A series of short character monologues inspired by everyday objects and people we meet written and performed by KYRA Women with the help of Paula Clark from York Theatre Royal.
  • An extract of Shirley Valentine written by Willy Russell performed by Sue.
  • A poetry performance of poems our members have written or would love to share.
  • A joyful burst of song with Kyra Voices our women’s choir
  • Pebble Painting | 11:30 – 13:00 | Room off hall

Paint a positive affirmation on a pebble to take away and help our ROSE young women’s project members hide them across the city to spread joy and spark confidence wherever they are found.

Panel of Speakers | 13:00 – 14:30 | Chapel

Dr. Rebecca Biggins from York Business School will lead a conversation on what challenges women face in the workplace. Put your own questions to our expert panel and ask their advice on leadership, entrepreneurship, mentoring, work-life balance and achieving your career goals at any level from finding your first job, starting a new role or leading a business or team of your own.


Mindfulness Beginners | 13:00 – 14:00 | Carecent

Alison Gear will offer an opportunity for quiet and for mindful speech and listening. The first session is for women new to mindfulness, and Alison will guide you through your first meditations and provide some simple practices you can take away and try at home.

Mindfulness Experienced | 14:30 – 15:30 | Carecent

Alison Gear will lead a second session for those with some experience of mindfulness. The two practices she will lead will be focused on appreciating pleasant experiences, helping us to balance our tendency to dwell on difficulties.

Raffle Draw | 15:30 – 15:45 | Main hall

Have your tickets at the ready because we have some fabulous prizes to be won in our raffle!

  • First prize – hotel break with dinner, bed and breakfast
    Second prize – meal for two at a top restaurant Third prize – £50 voucher for top class hairdresser

…and many, many more!

If you have any questions about Kyra’s International Women’s Day get in touch.


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