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Extended Hands would like to thank all who attended its 2016 Annual General meeting.

Great appreciation and thanks to all EH supporters, friends and to the speaker of the day Leonie McCarthy who inspired us greatly with a speech on women empowerment.

She shared a very inspiring testimony, which was encouraging to all, that despite life challenges one can still impact others in the community. Some Extended Hands women also spoke on how the organisation has impacted their lives which makes all of EH’s efforts worthwhile. Women who lived in isolation are now community champions-- sharing and imparting their abilities and talents and supporting other women.

The organisation shared its achievements of the past year despite challenges faced. The numbers of women reached, lives touched, and the number of one to one support offered were phenomenal. ESOL course and workshops were great successes. The regular Friday coffee mornings, skills classes, celebratory, empowering, wellbeing and the family fun and sports events were also notable.

The unique, unprecedented and colourful International Friendship Day and Unite together event with support from PCVS and the Police was very remarkable. On this day Peterborians united to promote great acceptance and understanding amongst people of different backgrounds, race, colour and religion.

It was an honour to announce that EH is now based at St Mary’s Church New road, PE1 1TT. All women and girls are invited to coffee mornings/skills classes on Fridays from 11:00am to 13:00pm, and to sewing classes on Wednesdays from 11:00am to 14:00pm. Extended Hands wishes to thank PCVS for providing support and an office space for the past 2 years.

Massive thanks and appreciation to all of EH’s fabulous and valuable volunteers who give their time and talents to impact the lives of others and to make the organisation a great success.

It has been said that ‘One person cannot change the world, but you can change the world for one person.’ EH will continue to touch lives one at a time.

Extended Hands looks forward to the coming year with great enthusiasm. The organisation will continue to foster well being, to prevent isolation and loneliness, to promote inclusion and to motivate and empower women and girls to thrive and to live a life of a great sense of dignity, pride and purpose.

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