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Up the DOVE : The History of the DOVE Workshop in Banwen

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It is important to tell the story of the DOVE Workshop from its birth during the miners' strike 1984-85, through its development as a community education and training resource and effective social enterprise and finally recognised as a 'shining beacon' in the Dulais valley. The DOVE Workshop was set up by a group of women from the local Miners' Support Group and other women from the valley with a common purpose that strove to save their communities. They were young and older women who as teachers, factory workers, miners' wives, mothers and homemakers worked collectively to 'break the mould' and establish a centre that would benefit all in the community. They could only achieve this by working in partnership with other education and training providers from the local universities, colleges, the voluntary sector and the local councils.This model of partnership was disseminated throughout south Wales, the United Kingdom and Europe and thus DOVE was recognised as an example of best practice.This book celebrates DOVE Workshop's achievements through the successes and achievements of the students, tutors and learners who have participated in the venture - without their support the aspirations of the women in 1984-85 would not have been realised.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 148 x 202 x 8mm | 158.76g
  • Parthian Books
  • Iconau
  • Cardigan, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1905762720
  • 9781905762729

Table of contents

Foreword by Glenys Kinnock VFrom Humble Beginnings to a Centre of Excellenceby Moira Lewis VIIAcknowledgements IXMy Story, Our Story 1Women & Community Roots 3Wider European Horizons 27A Community University in Banwen 43The New Millennium& New Democratic Opportunities 47DOVE Today 53Flying into the Future with DOVE 59Bibliography 63The DOVE team 65show more

About Mair Francis

Mair Francis was born in Barry in 1948 and is currently the Senior Parliamentary Assistant for Dr Hywel Francis MP since his election to the constituency of Aberavon in 2001. They have been married since 1968.Mair Francis is a qualified graduate teacher since 1970 when she studied at Cardiff College of Art and Cardiff University where she qualified as a Ceramics teacher. She taught in primary, secondary and special schools and in evening classes in London and south Wales between 1970 and 1985.In 1985 she led the successful campaign to establish the DOVE Workshop, a women's training centre in the Dulais valley. This arose out of the experiences of the local women's support group during the 1984-85 miners' strike in which she was actively involved. Her history of DOVE completed in her spare time, will be published in March 2008. During the 1980s and 1990s she was Manager of DOVE and is currently its President. In 1995 she was awarded a postgraduate degree, a Masters in Economic and Social Studies, following two years of part-time study at Swansea University. Her subject was the Aftermath of the Miners' Strike: A South Wales analysis.In 1996 she was chosen as Welsh Women into Europe in recognition of her work in developing education and training partnerships with other women's organisations from coalmining areas in Europe.Throughout her adult life Mair has been active in a wide range of social and political campaigns, principally on equality, carers and social justice issues at local, Welsh and European levels. It was on the basis of these experiences that she was selected as a Labour Assembly candidate in 1999, being placed at the head of the Party list in South West Wales.Having been a carer of her son Sam for over 16 years, she played a major role in the successful passing of her husband's Private Member's Bill, the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004.Mair Francis' current post is to manage the busy parliamentary office for Dr Francis Her duties include research, administration, arranging visits by constituents and other visitors from Wales and abroad and parliamentary monitoring.Mair and Hywel have two surviving children who are both qualified teachers and four grand children.show more