A three-week women’s self-defence course is being hosted at the Carpenter Centre, Overdale in November 2022. The classes are free and open to all women over the age of 12, subject to availability.
The three-week course is being run by volunteer Bill Gilmour and the Modern CQC team, working with the Telford & Wrekin Council’s (TWC) Safer, Stronger Communities project and Lawley and Overdale Parish Council.
Attendees will be taught the modern close-quarter combative (CQC) method of self-defence, developed by the military, police, and martial arts practitioners, which prepares people for real-life encounters.
“A lot of it is about building confidence, giving women the power to not be victims, regardless of their age, strength, size or fitness. After just three sessions, we have already noticed a big difference in confidence, awareness and ability,” said one of the organisers.
The Safer, Stronger Communities project is led by TWC with support from the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), John Campion. The joint initiative will see TWC contribute £2 million, and an additional £500,000 will be invested into areas in Telford by the PCC over the next few years.
The classes will take place at the Carpenter Centre, Overdale, between 6:45pm and 8:45pm on 2 November, 9 November, and 16 November.
It is open to all women above the ages of 12 years old, but children aged 12 – 15 must be accompanied by a female adult.