The WEST Fund was established in memory of Ros Wall who was instrumental in setting up a range of local and national projects to encourage women and girls to take up careers in non-traditional roles in Science, Engineering, Technology and the Built Environment.

WEST is a voluntary organisation based in Sheffield and run by a group of trustees who have been involved in this area since the 1980s. Every year WEST makes small bursaries to offer practical support to women and girls who are learning or working in a non-traditional role or would like to do start to do this. For the last five years the bursary money has been raised through an annual film night.

Since 2013 WEST has also been working with three partners and other organisations to encourage girls and women in Sheffield to get involved in subjects and careers that they might not usually consider.

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09 Mar 2017

Yes We Did!

Thanks to everyone who came and celebrated the launch of Yes We Can Too!

Our second kids activity book is for girls and boys aged 7 – 9  and includes cartoons, puzzles, and activities built around the real life characters of the six women above (left to right):
Sarah-Louise, the design engineer; Terri, the civil engineer; Aisha, the powergrid engineer; Sarah, the mechanical engineer; Amanda, the aeronautical engineer

All six women work in or around Sheffield, and several studied to be engineers in the city.

Paulette Edwards from BBC Radio Sheffield interviewed the six “book mates” about what they wanted to be when they were girls, and Terri, the civil engineer showed pictures of the 2000 tonne railway bridge that she was responsible for engineering, moving and putting in place at Hazel Grove.

Yes We Can Too! is a brilliant way to celebrate and show just some examples of women working in six different kinds of engineering jobs. We want it to inspire girls and boys to think about what they can do in the future, and keep all their options open.

The books are free, and we can also organise women in engineering events for local schools and community groups.

Contact us to find out more and to get your copies.

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