PRESS RELEASE – 28th September 2015

LOCAL GRANT HELPS WOMEN IN WEALDEN FIND THEIR WAY TO SUCCESS

Wealden is set for a new batch of female entrepreneurs after a conference run by WayfinderWoman last week in Uckfield, part-funded by Wealden District Council gave over 20 women the opportunity to find out more about work opportunities and becoming self-employed.

The conference “Working your Way: Building the foundations for women at work” was to support women thinking about getting into work or setting up their own businesses. Attendees heard from four inspirational women who had their own stories about the challenges they’d faced in getting into work. They ranged from a woman in her late twenties who’d overcome her dyslexia and a serious back injury to become a fitness manager, to a 70-year old who was in engineering until she lost her sight and was now a story teller.

Swindells Chartered Accountants spoke about managing finances when setting up a business and Caroline Hart from KentLaughterCoach brought energy and confidence to the event by getting the women up and laughing.

Laura Murphy, Chairperson of WayfinderWoman said “The panel were incredibly honest about their own lives, the enormous challenges they’d faced, and how they’d got over them. They were truly inspirational.”

After a warming lunch provided by Food for Comfort, the participants had the opportunity to ‘speed date’ with a variety of support organisations and

employers so they could find out more about different opportunities there were available for them. Many signed there and then onto courses and other events run by the organisations that would help them to find work or become an entrepreneur.

Laura added, “The energy in the room was amazing. With the help of some fantastic volunteers and companies who willingly gave their time, women who came thinking they were too old, or unskilled or not experienced enough discovered the confidence to get out there and change their lives. They thought they were on their own when they weren’t. They’ve now got a community they can dip into for support as they find their way into work.”

For more information about WayfinderWoman they have the website www.wayfinderwoman.com or email info@wayfinderwoman.com. You can also see the WayfinderWoman Facebook or twitter accounts for information, hints and tips

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