Sandra Martin, Business Development Manager gives an insight into the Changing Lives, Shaping Futures Project
The Women’s Centre Glasgow is based in Maryhill and welcomes women from across the city through their doors to meet with peers, take part in social activity and learn new skills through a variety of workshops. The organisation is celebrating their twenty fifth birthday this year, a quarter of a century after a group of women worked tirelessly to build a centre and create a space for women.
The Changing Lives, Shaping Futures Project offers a varied training programme of workshops to women including confidence building, time management, digital training and hospitality. As well as self referrals and individuals signposted for other organisations many women are referred in to the service via the local job centre, extending the reach of the programme to a new group of women.
Sandra Martin, Business Development Manager tells us how the centre offers an inclusive and holistic approach to employability and how the programme nurtures informal and formal peer support, learning and is a catalyst for change in the women’s lives. Many women who join the programme are carers, experience anxiety and are single mothers who have lost their confidence. This service delivers one to one support and group work to address these barriers, aiding progression in an area of interest. The project offers volunteering opportunities and funds placements to support self employment and entrepreneurship.
Next steps for the project include workshop delivery in political empowerment, offering information on policies, inviting local MSPs to speak and visit the Scottish Parliament. Additionally, in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland the project will offer a Mobile Journalism Course, offering the opportunity of achieving a recognised qualification as well as educating and empowering women to use social media effectively as a platform for a voice or business promotion.
The Women’s Centre Glasgow supports this year’s International Women’s Day theme of #balanceforbetter as this organisation is giving women the support and encouragement to achieve their aspirations and actively show them the importance of having a voice and being active as an equal in society.