Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Meet Our New Team Member - Alison Blackhurst

We've had an exciting few months at The Women's Organisation, with a number of new faces joining the office. In January, we introduced you to Jenny Wallwork - if you missed it, you can catch up here. Now, we would like to introduce you to Alison Blackhurst, another of our new staff members who is working alongside Jenny on the Training Team, currently delivering our new programme 'Change It: Progress to Success' in Speke Children's Centre and Picton Children's Centre.

We sat down with Alison to find out more about her interests, delve into her past and discover how she ended up with us here today at The Women's Organisation.  

What’s your full name and where are you from?

Alison Blackhurst, from Liverpool

Tell me how you first found out about The Women’s Organisation and become part of our team?

I have known about the Women’s Organisation for some time now.  When I was setting up my business I came here for some business advice, and have followed the W.O on social media since then. It was here that I saw the job advertised and decided I would apply for it. I was invited for interview and was offered the job - yay!

What kind of things have you done prior to coming to The Women’s Organisation?

I studied Psychology and I.C.T at Liverpool Hope University and completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership Development at Chester University. I have worked within the Training & Development field for over 20 years working across the public, private and voluntary sectors .  I also have my own training business which I set up in 2012. More recently I was a carer for my Mum for 4 years until she sadly passed away last year.

What has surprised you about working at The Women’s Organisation?

The amount of support the W.O provide for women across the Liverpool City Region is great. The atmosphere in the office. It is such a nice environment full of energy and great people.

What’s the best thing about working at The Women’s Organisation?

Working with like minded people who share the same belief’s and values as I do.  I really do enjoy working out in the community, meeting women from across the City and listening to their stories, whilst providing training and support to help them develop.

Could you describe one of your typical workdays?

We are currently delivering our new 8 week Personal Development Training Programme, Change It. I deliver the course  on a Monday and Tuesday morning . Once I have finished the session I will  head back to the office, to complete admin etc.  I would also be arranging meetings out in the community to engage and network with organisations.

I will also be delivering various courses for our Enterprise Hub Project including Business Planning.

What might (someone) be surprised to know about you?

I used to be an Air Stewardess and as a single Mum I completed a combined degree with two daughters under 5.

What do you do when you aren’t working? 

My favourite thing is spending time with Henry our King Charles Cavalier ( When I say “our” Henry he does belong to my daughter Sophie, but spends half the week with us!).  I also love gardening and spend hours planting and pottering.  I’m currently learning to speak Spanish, something I have wanted to do for a long time.

Welcome to the team Alison, we are very happy to have you here! 

You can find out more about The Women's Organisation's new programme Change It: Progress to Success, which Alison will be working on here.

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