Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Come and Join Our Community Garden Project!

When setting up the Women's International Centre for Economic Development at 54 St James Street The Women's Organisation were keen to maintain areas of outside greenary. Built into the plans were the installation of colourful blossom trees around the building, and a dedicated garden area to the rear.

The Women's Organisation are keen to bring in local residents to have a say in how the outside space should be further developed so they can take ownership and enjoy the space. The plan is to transform the garden space to the rear of the building into a community garden.

On Thursday 9th August from 11 till 1pm there will be a consultation meeting at 54 St James Street, where we will be sharing ideas on how to use the space efficiently and looking at what we would like to grow.

So, if you like the idea of growing your own vegetables, plants and herbs, and being involved in the project then please come along and join us!

If you would like more details or to let us know you planning to attend the consultation meeting please contact The Women's Organisation on 0151 706 8111 or info@thewo.org.uk

Employment Support Helped My Confidence - Mia's Story

Female enterprise agency The Women’s Organisation is offering unemployed Liverpool women specialist support to get them back to work including a £50 grant.

The financial support is part of a wider package of support called the ‘Women’s Enterprise Programme’ which also includes:

‘Get the job you want’ – a two day course focusing on how to identify your skills and qualities and use them to build a personal profile. The course provides a valuable insight into how the application process works and how candidates can sell themselves on the application form, as well as tips to help prepare for interview

‘Become a more confident you’ – an interactive personal development course focused on building confidence and self-esteem and creating a more positive outlook, enabling women to make a positive plan for their future

Upon completing the programme, eligible women can claim their £50 back to work bonus upon confirmation of finding employment - Full terms and conditions available. One woman who has been through the programme told us about her journey.

Having being made redundant from a previous role Liverpool resident Mia Evans realised that she couldn’t rely on a job to cover all of her outgoings. Mia decided her best plan of action would be to try and work part time in employment and part time in self-employment to hedge her bets. However, after a long period of job hunting she found that she was struggling in a competitive job market to clinch the deal.

Over the last 18 months Mia worked out she had completed around 18 application forms (each taking her a good 12 hours to complete) and as a result had been offered 10 interviews. Although this was a positive result, Mia found that she seemed to keep falling at the final hurdle. Upon getting feedback from the potential employers she was told that she was so close to being chosen, often the ‘runner up’ just a few marks off.

Mia said “I was getting fed up of the same feedback. I found I was really becoming defensive in interviews because I couldn’t understand why I was getting so close and not being chosen.”

While receiving advice from The Women’s Organisation around setting up a small business Mia found out that the organisation were offering additional support to women in Liverpool to also help them explore the path of employment and decided to book on training around ‘Selling yourself at application and interview’.

Mia admitted she was sceptical at first, having managed to secure interviews she wondered if she could learn anything new from the courses.

She said “The course was really helpful. I think it is how Bernie the trainer delivers it. She made it really real rather than it just being the theory. She presents from the heart and makes you feel like she wants the best for you.”

Mia was surprised at what she learned on the course. “Coming on the courses at The Women’s Organisation helped me to understand that there is a legal process involved in recruiting and a system the companies follow. I suddenly understood where I was going wrong and how to improve. I better understood my strengths and limitations and how to put them across on an application form.”

Previously Mia had been applying for all kinds of roles. She said “Coming on the course has made me more selective. It can take up to 12 hours to fill in an application form properly. What a waste of time that is if having gone to an interview you realise it isn’t even a company you would have wanted to work for. It’s made me read job descriptions carefully and put my efforts into roles I would really want so I am not wasting my time, but instead spending it wisely.”

Since attending the course Mia hasn’t yet applied for another job, but says “I am more confident now that I know my strengths and am so mindful of my body language and how I present myself, so I will be putting what I have learned into practice in the future. I’m also getting help to develop my own counselling business so this course also helped me consider how to present my strengths as part of my marketing plan”

Mia has since been spreading the word letting other women know about the support on offer from The Women’s Organisation. “I’ve been telling everyone about it!” she said, “and am encouraging my daughter to go on it next. The course was so helpful and insightful it definitely helped me and I would recommend it.”

If you are a woman in the Liverpool area who is not currently working, working less than 16 hours per week or working full time but at threat of redundancy, contact our team on 0151 706 8111 or info@thewo.org.uk to find out about the FREE support available to you.

Get Free Business Advice Over Free Cuppa!

The Women's Organisation business advice team are heading out into the community across Merseyside this week. Holding free drop in coffee mornings at various venues, business advisers will be available to give advice to women on grant funding, including £200 available from The Women's Organisation, business planning and what support women can access to help them.

There is no need to book, just drop in and have an informal chat while enjoying a cuppa on us!

Below are the dates, times and venues for local coffee mornings you are welcome to come along to:

• Costa Coffe, Huyton Village, Knowsley - Tues 31st July, 1.30pm-3pm

• The Swan Café, Old Swan, Liverpool – Wed 1st Aug, 10am-11.30am

• Starbucks, Lord Street, Southport – Thurs 2nd Aug 10am-11.30am

• Delicious Café, West Derby, Liverpool – Thurs 2nd Aug 1pm-3pm

• Pistachio, Lark Lane, Liverpool – Fri 3rd Aug 11.30am-1pm

• Freshfields Children's Centre, Watchyard Lane, Formby - Thurs 9th Aug 9.30am-11.30am

If you would like advice but can't attend any of these events please contact our team directly on 0151 706 8111 or info@thewo.org.uk

To keep in touch with latest events from The Women's Organisation you can follow us on Twitter as @TheWomensOrg

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Women's Organisation are a MADE Festival Champion

From panel discussions and exhibitions to fringe events and quick-fire speaker slots, MADE 'The Entreneur Festival' held in Sheffield 19th-21st September promises to offer an interesting few days.

"If you’re not at MADE, you’re never going to be MADE. You need to be there.” Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones CBE

MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival is a two-day masterclass in building a Great British business. Described as “the Davos for entrepreneurs”, the festival brings together 3,000 guests with 35 high-profile speakers in venues across the city of Sheffield.

What can you do in 48 hours? Be inspired by Britain's top entrepreneurs. Network with your peers. Discover how to turn your vision into a world beater. Share insider tips on cracking global markets. Learn how to super-charge growth.

To find out more visit www.madefestival.com and book online using this link.

Business Club Women Invited to 'Summer Social' Networking

Every year The Women's Organisation's Business Club offer a nice relaxing networking evening for local women in business to enjoy over the summer, and this year is no exception.

ON: Tuesday 14th August, 6pm-8.30pm

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

Our more relaxed networking evening will include:

• Relaxation demonstration with A Quiet Place

• Business pitch from business club members

• Quiz

• Networking

• Beauty Goody Bags

• Refreshments

Open only to members of The Women’s Organisation Business Club. Membership is FREE and open to any woman running her own business in the North West of England. So don't miss out, join now via info@thewo.org.uk. Booking essential via 0151 706 8111 info@thewo.org.uk or book direct online through eventbrite.

D and N Café/Bar/Bistro Now Open at 54 St James Street!

Visitors to The Women's Organisation's fabulous new building at 54 St James Street, L1 0AB will now be able to treat themselves to something tasty at 'D and N' café/bar/bistro. Open to the public this month the café offers a range of fresh food and drinks including 'brew tea'.

Local musicians will be able to showcase their talents at the 'Open Mic' nights on Thursday evenings, and a live entertainment programme will create a nice relaxing evenign for guests on Fridays and Saturdays.

Below is a poster from D and N with more details. Follw their updates on Twitter as @DandNLiverpool

Thursday, July 26, 2012

£50 Back to Work Boost for Liverpool Women

As part of the wider 'Women's Enterprise Programme' The Women's Organisation are offering specialist support to women in Liverpool to get them back to work including a £50 grant! The grant is to help women to cover travel costs, work appropriate clothes or whatever they need upon securing their new job following the programme.

The Women’s Organisation Employment Programme includes:


‘Get the Job you Want Course’ - This 2 day course focusses on how to identify your skills & qualities, and how to use them to build a personal profile. Learn how the application process works, and how to market yourself to potential employers on an application form and how to plan and prepare prior to interview, as well as tips on how to respond a variety of questions that may be asked on the day.

‘Become a More Confident You Course’ - This interactive Personal Development course is focused on building confidence and self- esteem and creating a more positive outlook enabling women to make a positive plan for their future.

1-2-1 meetings available – to provide support with applications and interview preparation

£50 - Back in Work Grant

To be eligible for the grant a woman must take part in:


• A minimum of 6 hours support through training sessions and/or 1-2-1 sessions

• Completion of a grant application session, grant will be paid on receipt of Job Declaration from employer

And must comply with the following eligibility criteria:


Women have to be residents in the Liverpool City Council Area and must fit into one of the categories below:

•Unemployed on benefits

•Economically inactive – unemployed but not in receipt of benefits

•Working part/time less than 16 hours & not in receipt of any benefit

•Formally registered as Self-employed but currently without work - i.e. econmically inactive

•Under threat of redundancy

For more information on the grant or to book on one of the training days available please contact The Women's Organisation on 0151 706 8111 or info@thewo.org.uk

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Drop in for Business Advice & a Cuppa!

The Women's Organisation business advice team are heading out into the community across Merseyside over the next few weeks. Holding free drop in coffee mornings at various venues, business advisers will be available to give advice to women on grant funding, including £200 available from The Women's Organisation, business planning and what support women can access to help them.

There is no need to book, just drop in and have an informal chat while enjoying a cuppa on us!


Below are the dates, times and venues for local coffee mornings you are welcome to come along to:

• Costa Coffe, Huyton Village, Knowsley - Tues 31st July, 1.30pm-3pm

• The Swan Café, Old Swan, Liverpool – Wed 1st Aug, 10am-11.30am

• Starbucks, Lord Street, Southport – Thurs 2nd Aug 10am-11.30am

• Delicious Café, West Derby, Liverpool – Thurs 2nd Aug 1pm-3pm

• Pistachio, Lark Lane, Liverpool – Fri 3rd Aug 11.30am-1pm

• Freshfields Children's Centre, Watchyard Lane, Formby - Thurs 9th Aug 9.30am-11.30am

If you would like advice but can't attend any of these events please contact our team directly on 0151 706 8111 or info@thewo.org.uk

To keep in touch with latest events from The Women's Organisation you can follow us on Twitter as @TheWomensOrg

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Women's Organisation Join 'Liverpool Business Week'

This week has been branded 'Liverpool Business Week' by Downtown Liverpool who are holding a number of events to encourage business debate. The topic for today was 'Leaders: Born or Made' and saw The Women's Organisation's CEO Maggie O'Carroll join the expert panel which also included Michael Finnigan of 'i2i' and Michael Taylor of 'Think More'.

Maggie, who was leaning towards the 'Leaders can be made' opinion during the discussion founded 'The Women's Organisation' in 1996. The Women's Organisation is a social enterprise deploying an innovative hybrid model to create social value using commercial approaches in order to address issues hindering female enterprise policy and practice development. As a member of a number of influential boards and groups Maggie is often the minority, with women being massively under represented at board level. She was keen to join the discussion particularly to bring a gender focus and encourage more women that they can be leaders too!

You can follow discussions from Liverpool Business Week via Twitter tag #livbizweek and check out event details on the Downtown Liverpool website.

Thanks to Agent Marketing for the photo via twitpic.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Build a Marketing Strategy for Your Business with Business Club

This month The Women’s Organisation Business Club invite you to build your 'MARKETING STRATEGY!'.

Held on:
Wednesday 18th July 6pm-8.30pm

Held at:
The Women's Organisation,
54 St James Street Liverpool
L1 0AB


Featuring:

Internet marketing specialist Amanda Daniels of ‘Koogar’ will be looking at:

• Setting marketing goals

• Most effective Marketing Methods for You

• Do’s and Don’ts of Marketing

• How does Social Media Fit in?


Local business woman Traci Williams of ExcelAce will show you how you can use Excel to track and inform marketing activity.
Whether familiar with Excel or a spread-sheet phobe - Traci will show you how powerful Excel can be…….Simply!!

As well as these interesting talks, enjoy light refreshments while networking with other local women in business.

FREE to members of The Women's Organisation Business Club. Membership is free and open to women running their own business in the north west of England.

To join or book contact 0151 706 8111 or info@thewo.org.uk or book instantly online via http://marketingstrategythewomensorg.eventbrite.com/

Female enterprise agency offers lifeline to unemployed Mersey women

Unemployed women or those facing redundancy are being offered a lifeline by Liverpool-based female enterprise agency The Women’s Organisation.

The award-winning agency has teamed up with Liverpool City Council to launch a new initiative to help women to either set up their own business or find a job.

The ‘Women’s Enterprise Programme’ is backed by European funding and aims to work with more than 300 women within the Liverpool city region.

The Women’s Organisation is offering a range of options to support women in to work – either on a self-employed basis or into a job. The help available includes courses on applying for jobs, standing out at interview, advice from a qualified business adviser about starting up a business and grants that are available and networking opportunities.

The initiative comes as recent unemployment figures revealed that women have been hit hardest in the recession with the numbers claiming Jobseekers Allowance more than doubling in the last five years in the Merseyside region.

Experts say women have been hit hardest by public sector cuts, which have disproportionately impacted on women due to the high numbers working in the sector.

Maggie O’Carroll, chief executive of The Women’s Organisation, said: “It is widely recognised that women have borne the brunt of the recession with many in the area either out of work or facing redundancy and are unsure of what to do next.

“We have the expertise to work with them on a one to one basis and provide support that is very much tailored to individual needs. We are delighted to be working with Liverpool City Council to able to provide this much-needed service and look forward to working with lots of women.”

Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for employment, enterprise and skills, said: “Giving people the help and support to get into work is one of our priorities and I am delighted that we have been able to team up with the Women’s Organisation for this important initiative.

“These are difficult times for everyone, but we know that women have been particularly hit hard and that is why it is absolutely vital that we do all we can to give them the help and support necessary to find new employment.”

The Women’s Enterprise Programme also enables The Women’s Organisation to work with staff facing redundancy within major organisations.

Women eligible to apply for the programme include those who are unemployed, economically inactive, working less than 16 hours a day or are under threat of redundancy.

Situated in the Baltic Triangle area of the city, the £5.3m Women’s International Centre for Economic Development provides a range of services focused on women’s start-up businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises.

As well as an international research and knowledge centre, the building also provides ‘incubation’ units for new and high growth women enterprises. The units are proving popular with more and more female entrepreneurs choosing to run their businesses from the centre.

To find out more about the programme or the other free services available from The Women’s Organisation, including advice and support on starting a business, call 0151 706 8111.

Alternatively please email info@thewo.org.uk or visit www.thewomensorganisation.org.uk

Caption: From left: Jackie Williams, enterprise director at The Women's Organisation is pictured with Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for employment, enterprise and skills and Kim Griffiths, head of employment programmes at Liverpool City Council

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Women's Organisation & Kirwans Support Mums in Business

This week The Women's Organisation joined together with Kirwans solicitors to run a special event for Kirwans 'Mums in Business' network. The event held at 54 St James Street, The Women's Organisation's new Women's International Centre for Economic Development, was a unique opportunity for professional women and female entrepreneurs to meet together and network.

Claire Currie of Kirwans kicked off the event welcoming the women and offering helpful guidance on how best to protect your future with power of attorney. Claire founded the 'Mums in Business' network having returned to work at Kirwans following the birth of her first child.

Claire said: “It struck me that there were plenty of networking organisations in Merseyside, but nothing aimed specifically at professional working mothers. Mums in Business aims to bring together the growing number of working mums in and around the city to socialise and hopefully do business together."

This event was the second event for the network this year, which now has a strong membership and can be found on linkedin.

Claire was followed by Karen Bellion of Parcours LLP, a training and development consultancy specialising in diversity and partnership working. Entrepreneur and mum Karen set up her business with support from The Women's Organisation and now has offices at 54 St James Street. Her interesting talk on 'Building Cultural Competance' explored how body language, signals and phrases can be interpreted differently across cultures.

Bernie Cox from The Women's Organisation also let the women know that they can receive free mentoring support via 'We Mentor UK', a European project for women entrepreneurs run in partnership with NCEE. The project supports female entrepreneurs who have been running their own business for between one and four years who are looking to develop a growth strategy by linking them with an expreienced business mentor to build an action plan. The women were also treated to a goody bag courtesy of Jersey Beauty Company.

Twitter was buzzing following the event with comments from the women who came along:

@RandomTeensuk "Thanks to @KirwansLaw and @TheWomensOrg for organising todays event. Good advice all round!"

@ClearCollection "Thanks to @KirwansLaw and @TheWomensOrg for a great #MumsinBusiness event"

@CheshireHerbs "@TheWomensOrg do some great networking events"

@KirwansLaw "Another great #MumsInBusiness event! Thanks to all attendees! @TheWomensOrg @parcoursllp @JerseyBeautyCo keep following for next event date!"

@ParcoursLLP "@MumsInBusiness @KirwanLaw @54StJamesStreet Well attended event Glad to have been involved"

@jancarlyle "What a great monday! Networking @54stJamesStreet with kirwans + @JerseyBeautyCo"

@GreenFrogClair "Another great ‪#mumsinbusiness‬ event @54stjamesstreet."

Keep in touch with Mums in business events and The Women's Organisation's business club network by following @KirwansLaw and @TheWomensOrg on Twitter.com

Monday, July 2, 2012

Women of Granby are Encouraged to 'Recognise Your Potential'

• Would you like to feel more confident about yourself?

• Do you want to know what skills you have that could help shape your future?

• Would you like to find out more about setting up your own business, grants and support?

The Women's Organisation working in partnership with LMH invite women in Liverpool to come and ‘Recognise Your Potential’.

FREE EVENT FOR WOMEN!!!

AT: Granby Children’s Centre, Eversley Street, Liverpool, L8 2TU

ON: Tuesday 10th July, 1-3pm

Limited crèche places are available to support women attending the session, so if you need support with your childcare get in touch!

For more details or to book on contact The Women’s Organisation on 0151 706 8111 or info@thewo.org.uk