After attending the “Confidence Building for Women Returners” course I was feeling more optimistic and generally motivated than I had felt for quite some time.
I had already signed up to receive the regular Future Intentions newsletter which I find is uplifting and positive.
I was delighted to see an opportunity to offer my help in an admin capacity as this I felt would be my chance to give something back and show my appreciation for all the help I received.
The ethos and motivation is something I feel strongly about and I am thrilled and excited to be part of the team.
Ellie is our Lead Administrative Assistant
For many the reality is not having the capacity to move forward due to their lack of confidence and self-belief. For some women this often leads to mental health issues and an experience of feeling trapped in a cycle of social isolation, loneliness, discrimination and poverty. Working closely with communities of women returners across York, Scarborough, Norton and Malton has over the last several months helped Future lntentions to tap into those women needing ongoing intensive 1:1 support in their own communities, with the reassurance of viable options and opportunities to access and engage with work-readiness and self development, with clients been able to access support for as long as they feel they need it. lf a client's experience is that they feel they are falling back into less constructive thoughts even after initial success in achieving their goals, the support network of Future Intentions will come into play again until they feel empowered to begin to move forward again. NO RED TAPE simply a viable option for women to feel empowered in bringing about lasting change in their lives.
Not surprising is the fact many clients reported missing out on opportunities to return to the workplace after a career break due to multiple complex issues they are experiencing for months or years. For some women returning to the workplace is a goal they feel they need to work towards and taking small steps is the solution for some.
With over 90% of Future Intentions clients either experiencing mental health issues or having experienced issues in the past, it is not surprising they feel they need a safe haven, a non-judgemental place to share experiences with like-minded women and opportunities to improve their work readiness and economic contribution to oneself, their community and society.
A win-win situation for businesses, employers and women returners across North Yorkshire.
Author: Liz Hempshall
For some women returners they feel the need to leave their paid employment after the demands of the job become too overwhelming whilst struggling with mental health issues. At Future Intentions we promote our motto "It's OK, to not be OK, we engage and support women to practice self-love and acceptance of any mental health issues they may be experiencing and adopt the idea it's OK to not always be on top of lives challenges and sometimes this may mean experiencing issues with their mental health.
We strongly advocate our mission to help women returners access opportunities for rebuilding confidence and self-belief as a starting point to moving forward with their life, so they feel ready to accept oneself as a suitable candidate for employment. or volunteering. With so many candidates applying for each vacancy, it is not surprising many returners feel disadvantaged by the challenges of mental health.
According to several clients their experiences of managing their emotional responses to juggling their workload and emotional wellbeing before their career break is usually one of fear, this fear can be all consuming and may leave women feeling they have no alternative but to leave their job, for many their experiences of employers is not one of tolerance and support. For these women returning to the workplace may be a major worry and time of increasing anxiety about the attitudes of potential employers when applying for jobs and attending interviews. Having the resilience to rebuff any negative experiences around returning to the workplace is all important.
We introduce our clients to our half day introductory courses and block courses in Confidence Building, Goal Setting, Employability and Assertiveness, although our free taster courses are an introduction to work with clients on encouraging them to challenge their own self-limiting beliefs and attitudes and to understand more about how they may be holding them back.
For women self-awareness is key to feeling empowered about how to manage their mental health and access to ongoing intensive 1:1 support with Future Intentions will enable women to feel they can push the boundaries and feel good about going out of their comfort zone and more likely to lead to a successful return to the workplace or volunteering as a route into employment.
For those women who feel self-empowerment are more likely to challenge any discriminatory attitudes of employers and feel more confident in dealing with a situation should one arise. Overall it’s about educating employers to the benefits of employing women returners and how they could champion their stance on offering viable opportunities for women to return to the workplace after a career break. A win-win situation most would say!
Author: Liz Hempshall