I’m running 5 unique workshops with 12 women who have been out of work for between 6 months and 15 years. All of these women are bright, intelligent and resourceful and have a lot to offer. They have just, to different extents, lost sight of this. I have been amazed by the impact of some simple tools to unlock the huge potential in these women. When given the space and permission to spend time with themselves they have begun to recognise their own unique gifts and talents.
For the first workshop my focus was on creating a safe learning space and, for the women to take an honest look at ‘where they are’. I used the Wheel of Life as a tool for the women to begin this honest assessment of themselves and their current situation. This proved to be illuminating as for some it involved looking at areas that had been otherwise overlooked.
Another interesting exercise was looking at the challenges and opportunities the women faced. Once confronted with the challenges – they were asked to write and share all of these, the opportunities then seemed easier to recognise and also write down.
The session finished with time to create Vision Boards. A simple method of gathering together more of what you want to bring into your life. The participants enjoyed the freedom of ‘cutting and sticking’ and the permission to do something for themselves.
This was a productive and informative first session and a learning for all involved. I learnt the importance of relatively simple tools that I often take for granted. I also learnt the significance of the journey I have taken over the past 7 years. If I knew then what I know now I’m sure it would have been a less bumpy ride!
What the participants said:
“Thank-you for giving me space and permission”
“I usually don’t like ‘life’ coaching as I’m very much a black & white type of person, but it was good to focus back into work”
“Very insightful and thought provoking”
“Inspired. Ready to take some first steps.”
TechPixies is funded by the Government Equalities Office and Better Broadband for Oxfordshire via the Oxfordshire County Council. Its principle aim is to help women in Oxfordshire get back to work.
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