Thursday, June 14, 2012

Plan for Success with The Women's Organisation's FREE 2 Day Event

The Women's Organisation offer women across Merseyside opportunity to receive free support with business planning by attending their FREE 2 day 'Planning for Success' workshop. These sessions are held regualrly at The Women’s Organisation's head office at 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB.

Open to women with a clear business idea this 2 day workshop covers all the basics of business planning looking at:

• Building a business plan

• Putting together a financial forecast

• Exploring how to market your business online particularly through websites and social media such as facebook

The following dates are available for bookings:

• Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th June

• Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July

• Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st July

• Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th August

If you would like to book a space on any of the above dates, call 0151 706 8111 or email

Monday, June 11, 2012

Prove, Improve and Account (PIA) Workshop Available in Liverpool

The Women’s Organisation has teamed up with Social Audit Network (SAN) to bring training in social accounting and audit to Liverpool 'Prove, Improve and Account' (PIA) Workshop.

ON: Thursday 26th & Friday 27th July 2012

AT: The Women’s Organisation

54 St James Street

Liverpool L1 0AB

The two day Prove, Improve and Account (PIA) Workshop will give you an understanding of SAN’s Four Step social accounting and audit process. It is targeted at social economy practitioners who want to apply social accounting to their own organisations as well as those who will support organisations to undertake social accounting. This workshop will be facilitated by: Lisa McMullan & Helen Millne.

What is Social Accounting and Audit?
Social Accounting and Audit (SAA) helps you prove, improve and account for the difference you are making. It helps you to plan and manage your organisation as well as demonstrate what you have achieved. Social accounting and audit is a logical and flexible framework which enables your organisation to build on existing documentation and reporting systems and develop a process so that you can:


account fully for and report on your social, environmental & economic performance and impact


provide the information essential for planning future actions and improving performance


be accountable to all those you work with and work for

Social accounting and audit helps you to understand the impact your organisation has on people, the planet and the way you use resources. It will also help you manage your organisation and improve your effectiveness. Social Accounting and Audit can be used by any organisation, of any size or scale.

SAN’s Prove Improve Account workshops explore the 4 key steps in the SAA process.

The cost is £375 +VAT, including a copy of the PIA Guide. To book your place, please complete and return a booking form which can be downloaded here. The Women’s Organisation is offering a number of discounted places to Merseyside based social enterprises – contact us to check if you are eligible.

For further information tel: 0151 706 8111 or email:

Business Women - Have Your Say in Stockport!

Stockport Council are holding a public meeting to help inform choices that will directly effect businesses in the Stockport area. A number of proposals have been submitted to the council for possible business support in the area. The meeting which will take place at Stockport Town Hall on Tuesday 26th June 2012 4pm – 8pm will offer attendees the opportunity to vote and back the proposal they think would most benefit the local economy.

The Women's Organisation's bid will be among those up for public vote. Our proposed project is aimed at encouraging women-led businesses to grow. Women entrepreneurs will have the chance to attend our seminars, networking events and access 1:1 growth clinics with experienced and accredited mentors to help them move their business to the next level.

If you would like to have your say you must email your name and company name to to book a place at the voting event.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Let Women's Voices Be Heard

When setting up the Women's International Centre for Economic Development in Liverpool, a core part of the plan for The Women's Organisation was to establish an international research hub on women's economic development. The organisation have rallied the support of a wide panel of international experts from all over the world who have signed up to contribute to the research. The research produced by the panel of experts (who you can read about here) supports the organisation in its mission to "influence local, regional, national and international policy and practices in the area of women's economic development".

Using this research and our own experience in the field, The Women's Organisation campaign tirelessly to raise awareness of gender equality issues and to encourage positive action that will support the economic positioning of women. With this in mind we wanted to give a mention to some key campaigns and issues that we have recently been made aware of.

The first is the 'Counting Women in' campaign. This campaign hi-lights that "At the current rate of change, a child born today will be drawing her pension before she has an equal say in the government of her country." It asks for supporters to sign a petition encouraging the government to stick to their promises to ensure women are better represented in parliament. Find out more about Counting Women In here.

The second was as a result of an interesting letter we recently received from a local woman raising valuable points regarding new volunteering schemes proposed by the government. We have uploaded the letter here so you can read it too and see if you agree. We thought Evelyn raised some important points and as a result asked her permission to share it on.

If you would like to let us know about a key campaign that supports women please feel free to email our team on or tweet at us on Twitter @TheWomensOrg

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Women's Organisation Support Liverpool Women into Employment

Working in partnership with Liverpool City Council, The Women's Organisation have been able to extend their services for women offering additional support to help women into employment. This new programme of support includes the introduction of two new courses helping Liverpool women to make the most of job opportunities. These are:

How to Sell Yourself on Application Forms

At:The Women’s Organisation, 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB

This one day interactive course focuses on:

• How to identify your skills, abilities and qualities

• How to build a personal profile based on them

• Explaining how the job application process works

• How to market yourself to potential employers on an application form

The course will run 9.30am – 3.00pm on the following dates:

Thursday 14th June

Thursday 28th June

Tuesday 10th July

Wednesday 25th July

Thursday 9th August

How to Sell Yourself at Interview

At: The Women’s Organisation, 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB

This one day interactive course focuses on how to sell yourself effectively at an interview. It will explore:

• How to plan and prepare prior to the event

• And tips on how to respond to a variety of questions that may be asked on the day

The course will run 9.30am – 3.00pm on the following dates:

Thursday 21st June

Wednesday 4th July

Thursday 19th July

Wednesday 1st August

Tuesday 14th August

Enterprise Director Jackie Williams said "With the current economic climate seeing vast numbers of women seeking employment due to redundancy and other factors, it is really important for women to get the right support to help them take their next step. Whatever career path they are pursuing, we hope that this new programme along with our continued support for self-employment will enable women to take confident strides to a brighter future."

The Women's Organisation also offer the opportunity for women to consider which career path they want to pursue, while building their confidence and recognising their skills and potential through our 'Become a More Confidence You' course.

This new programme of support compliments the continued offering of help for women going self-employed, including a £200 grant towards business start up costs.

To book on any of the above course dates, or to find out more about the support on offer to women contact our team on 0151 706 8111/ or visit