Eastbourne is set for a new batch of female entrepreneurs after a conference run by WayfinderWoman last week, funded by the Feminist Review Trust gave nearly 30 women the opportunity to find out more about work opportunities and becoming self-employed.

The conference “Working your Way: Building the foundations for women in business” was to support women thinking about getting into work or setting up their own businesses. Attendees heard from a panel of inspirational women who had their own stories about the challenges they’d faced in getting off the unemployment register. They ranged from one woman with a physical disability who’d got fed up of being asked to do “simple” things and set up her own business, to others who’d had serious health issues, were carers or single mums in a foreign land, all of whom were now volunteering, employed in interesting and satisfying work or heading up their organisations.

Laura Murphy, Chairperson of WayfinderWoman said “The panel were incredibly honest about their own lives, the enormous challenges and discrimination they’d faced, the setbacks they’d endured and how they’d got over them. Afterwards people said because of that, they realised that other women were in the same boat as them and that there was a way out.”

After a confidence boosting session and a workshop on putting together a CV the participants also 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 women who attended all 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 email info@wayfinderwoman.org or view the WayfinderWoman Facebook or twitter accounts for future events.

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