For the year 2009-2010 the then Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Michael Wilkes chose WAITS (Women Acting In Today’s Society) as one of his lead charities to publicise and raise money for throughout his term in office.

Being selected was a wonderful honour and a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile and awareness of WAITS in the West Midlands.

One of the key events held in association with Lord Mayor Wilkes was the WAITS 10 Year Anniversary Gala Ball. 200 guests were invited to the event including, Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress Wilkes, WAITS staff members, trustees, volunteers and service users. The event was a fantastic success with everyone involved having wonderful evening.

Policy Forum
The success of the Policy Forum was reflected in the volume of women signing up for further information and courses. Some of the popular workshops were the Employment/Career and Lifelong Learning Workshop, the Money & Resources Workshop, the Women into Public and Community Life Workshop and the Work/Life Balance Workshop.

Lord Mayors Market Festival
As one of the Lord Mayors chosen Charities, WAITS was invited to hold a stall at the Lord Mayors Market Festival. Alongside WAITS Evergreen also held a stall promoting their services and activities.

Evergreen
Other events that WAITS had taken part in during our year as one of the Lord Mayors Charities includes “Art from the Heart” in association with Evergreen; a group run by Chris Tse – Women’s Support and Development Officer for the Chinese community.

The “Art form the Heart” event was the last event in this financial year & proved to be a fantastic end to a very successful year.