Monday, December 16, 2013

Jan Garrity Promotes Youth and Vitality For All Ages With Her New Business Shiva Yoga For Youth

After having her first child, Jan Garrity returned to her job as a primary school teacher with a whole new look on life.

‘When I had my daughter I was lucky to have a whole year off with my baby. During this time I had a complete change of focus; home-life became more important and I also began to let go of work stress and just be myself.’

On returning to work, she became increasingly aware of the fact that children are also under a lot of stress. With pressure to perform, hit endless targets and sit assessment after assessment, Jan began wondering how she could help.

At this time, yoga had become a big part of her life. She explained: ‘It continued to help me grow stronger physically and mentally after a difficult birth. It also helped me maintain my sense of self and the elusive work-life balance when I began teaching again.’

This is when she realised that everyone should be able to feel the benefits of yoga, like the ones that had helped her so greatly through a particularly stressful period. Shiva Yoga for Youth was the result of this realisation.

‘Shiva Yoga for Youth provides traditional Hatha Yoga classes for kids, teens and adults. We promote youth and vitality for all from 3 to 103 years! If you can breathe, you can do yoga. Classes are available in schools, gyms and community settings.’

After deciding to turn her passion for Yoga into a business, Jan began doing some research and came across The Women’s Organisation, who could offer her free business start-up support.

‘The Women’s Organisation helped me with my business plan, tax, bookkeeping and social media. They were all very helpful and useful to bring me up to speed with necessary information. The marketing aspects of social media were particularly great.’

Having all of this knowledge behind her, Jan has moved forward to create a rewarding business, with Shiva Yoga for Youth attracting both adults and children. Currently she is running a very successful Friday evening adult class and has recently began teaching yoga and relaxation to children in schools. This has helped her gain a school contract for 2014, allowing her to grow her business with the hope of running children’s weekend classes too.

Jan is finding self-employment very satisfying. She told us: ‘I am excited about what I have achieved in a short space of time and its potential for growth. I am also quite proud. My advice to anyone who wants to start a business would be… Go for it! Follow your dream, make a plan of action and do it! Also, go to The Women’s Organisation.’

‘I’m doing something I love and I truly believe in how it benefits people. I love seeing this for myself at the end of every session.’

If you are interested in taking up yoga, Shiva Yoga for Youth can be found on Facebook: you can also contact Jan directly on: / 07906523003

Do you live in Merseyside and have an idea that you've been considering turning into a business? Contact The Women's Organisation for free business start-up support and training workshops. / 0151 706 8111 / 

By Beckie Kinsella

Friday, December 13, 2013

Start 2014 Positively with 'Become a More Confident You'

The Women's Organisation are supporting local women to start the new year with a boost of positivity.  Free 'Become a More Confident You' courses are open to women in Merseyside who could benefit from understanding how to build a more positive outlook.  

Whether you are a woman facing redundancy, unemployed and keen to move forward, currently working but in need of a positive boost, a full time mum looking for some me time or a woman looking to set up her own business, join us and be encouraged to make 2014 a really positive year for you.

Become a More Confident You

FREE 1 day workshop

AT: The Women’s Organisation,
54 St James St, Liverpool, L1 0AB
9.30am – 3.00pm

This interactive Personal Development workshop is focused on:

·       Building confidence and self-esteem
·       Creating a more positive outlook
·       Helping you to make a positive plan for your future.

By the end of this session, you will have identified what qualities and capabilities you have and be more confident in deciding where your future lies

Dates available are:

ON: Thursday 16th January
Monday 10th February
Tuesday 4th March
Monday 7th April

Some of the comments from women who 
have previously attended include:

"Really enjoyed the course, very 
helpful and explained really well"

"I learned I am able to say no"

"Very informative and really useful. 
Enjoyed it!"

"Very good trainer. Down to earth, 
put us at ease"

If you would like to book on one of the above dates 
contact our team via 0151 706 8111 or

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Britain ravaged by sexism

A recent article by The Telegraph tells how a study of 2026 adults has revealed that 40% of people in the UK believe women are not suited for roles including mechanic, soldier, surgeon and pilot. The same percentage also believes that men should not be involved in jobs such as nursing, midwifery, child minding and beauty, showing that sexism is still going strong in the workplace.

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The study by WorldPay Zinc points to ‘a number of concerning facts about the opinions of men and women in Britain. Both sexes are still being held back from pursuing occupations that might not be seen as suitable for their gender… The least trusted professionals are male nannies, female electricians, male primary school teachers and female bus drivers.’

Trust is highlighted as one of the main issues; with almost a third of the participants saying they are suspicious of women who choose to be electricians and men who work as beauticians.

Men are shown to hold more ‘dated’ views than that of their female counterparts and Wales appears to be the most trusting country, with their participants expressing the most open-minded opinions. On the other hand, the study exposes London as the having the highest sexist attitudes in Britain.

To learn more about this study, you can read the article here

Or if you would like to check out the entire study, click here

by Beckie Kinsella

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Leadership Styles adopted by Successful Female Entrepreneurs in the UK

University of Leeds and Bangor University are jointly researching the Leadership Styles adopted by Successful Female Entrepreneurs in the UK.

As the business environment becomes more turbulent, complex and dynamic, effective entrepreneurial leadership is increasingly viewed as a source of competitive advantage. Understanding leadership in the context of entrepreneurial female owned businesses is a terra incognita in contemporary leadership research; yet it is an area that offers valuable insights and contributions to advance our knowledge, with important managerial and policy related implications.

Acknowledging the importance of entrepreneurial leadership, we have initiated a very promising project in detailing the leadership profile of successful women entrepreneurs in the UK. We hence contact you today to request for your participation in this research project. We understand that you are extremely busy; therefore, we shall try to take up as little of your time as possible. All that is required of you is to dedicate approximately 15-20 minutes of your time to complete the questionnaire by clicking on the link below:


As a participant you will of course receive a brief summary of the results of this exiting research project. We would like to take the opportunity to thank you in advance for your participation in this research.

Should you have any questions, or need additional information please contact us at or

On behalf of the Project Team

Yours Sincerely,

Dr Sally Jones 

FREE #WOBusinessClub Festive Fun Networking

The Women's Organisation Business Club invites you to join us for women in business festive networking to finish 2013. 

This FREE event will offer relaxed networking over a warming winter cuppa and a festive mince pie.

Come prepared to build business connections.  There will be opportunity for you to give your 60 second business pitch, so get practicing. 

On: Tuesday 10th December, 6pm-8pm
At: The Women's Organisation, 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB

Business Club membership is offered FREE to women running their own business in the north west of England. To sign up as a member and be offered priority booking to business club events, contact