The Building Yourself Up programme, our women’s employability project for 2017, is now complete. We offered group and individual support for twenty women who were currently not working.
Every woman received:
- Individual support from a qualified and experienced mentor to identify and work towards her goals
- All kinds of taster activities, including health and well-being activities, ideas for enterprise, arts and crafts, and practical skills. These sessions are all run by local women who have set up their own services or businesses and can offer advice and support on the way.
- Access to accredited learning to help take next steps. We can provide courses on personal development, setting up an enterprise, health and safety, working with wood, horticulture, creative writing, skills for working with people such as mentoring skills, and working in the service industries, such as cleaning, housekeeping, hospitality.
- Support for getting into further learning, volunteering, work or enterprise.
The programme was run at a range of venues including:
- At the Women’s Workshop in Amble, where we offer practical skills days, helping to complete the path and final touches to the Women’s Workshop self-build – with Helen Hill (manual and practical skills), Ruth Thompson (willow and basketry)
- At Coquet Children’s Centre, Hadston – a taster programme with Lindsey Foley (Reiki), Laura Mathieson (online trading) and Angela Noble (doll-making) and followed up by a longer accredited course for trading online during June.
- At Ashington Job Centre, Friday mornings from 10 – 11.30 am, exploring how to build confidence and skills for work or self-employment and group learning leading to a qualification in personal confidence and self-awareness.
Some sessions were supported with a creche, or childcare sessions elsewhere, and travel costs, to enable women to take part.
This project was supported by
We have recently achieved the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation Approved Provider status because we offer high quality support to women facing challenges.
At the moment we can offer support to a limited number of sessions on a one to one basis, to women looking for support in moving forward or making changes. We can offer:
- Three free support sessions focussing on setting goals and taking steps to achieve them.
- Transport to take part in group activities and sessions to meet up with other women
- Support for exploring career routes where women are under-represented.
- Supported referral to and from other agencies.
Here are some of the resources we use in our mentoring process
We can offer group activities to bring women together to focus on particular issues such as mental health, skills and learning, financial independence, alternative career routes, risk of offending, child development, enterprise, or we can support women who share a background such as migrant women, single parents, disabled women, young women. Members of our support groups are encouraged to take a course in peer mentoring skills so they can keep the support going amongst themselves and extend it to others.
We run the Coquet Teens, a young women’s group which meets on Wednesday evenings at the Women’s Workshop in Amble. The group is working on some community research to find out attitudes towards violence against women in the area, and will be hosting a self-defence workshop in the autumn of 2017.
We can offer projects to give women the opportunity to take part in creating something as part of a team, to volunteer or organise a work experience placement. Current projects include:
- Next steps with the self-build
- HERitage – an eco-tourism project for women involved in promoting their products and services to local and visiting women. If you would like a listing get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hestia, a social enterprise idea is developing, to involve women in providing women-friendly care and repair. This team can offer anyone over 55 help with clearing their loft or shifting furniture, ready for insulation or central heating installation. If you know anyone who might like this free service let us know – 07775 817544 or email@example.com