At the ERSA Conference in December I attended the ‘Returners to Work’ Breakout session hosted by Elizabeth Taylor, CEO of Bootstrap Enterprises, Caitlin O’Kelly of the Government Equalities Office and Rosie Ferguson, CEO of Gingerbread. It was inspiring to hear from these women, all committed to making a difference to other people’s lives and I … Continue reading Women Returners to Work and what the sector can do to help
With the retirement age soon to go up to 68, The 50-year career is becoming a reality. What are the challenges we face and will they affect men and women differently? Liz Sewell is the Director of Belina: Get Ready for Work, a programme that supports women into employment, enterprise and training across London With … Continue reading The 50 Year Career
INTRODUCTION Unlike lots of people on employability programmes most women don’t have a barrier to working. Most women want to work but can find it difficult due to having external considerations such as caring responsibilities for children or relatives. Women can quite often experience breaks in their work patterns too which means there can be … Continue reading 10 THINGS EMPLOYMENT ADVISERS NEED TO KNOW TO SUPPORT WOMEN INTO WORK
Building confidence and developing employability skills Get Ready for Work at Cranford Park Academy, Belina - a partner in the SWEET Project AND FAMILY WORKS This group is made up of mums from the school who want to get back to work. Belina is working together with the group to develop confidence and to help them … Continue reading Employers told – Mums-R-Great!
Here we are: ready to support women across London get ready for work. What makes us different? - We live our programme every day - we are women who want to help other women combine work and family life. Our commitment is to ensure that we support people to get the best for both their … Continue reading Meet the New Belina Grow Team
A key element of Belina’s Get Ready For Work approach is to link with local groups and organisations to help women build their confidence and self esteem and support them into suitable, sustainable employment. One of these organisations in Croydon is Empowering Tamil Families which specialise in providing practical and social support services to the Asian community … Continue reading Boosting Confidence and Self Esteem is Key to Empowering Tamil Women
Belina is delighted to be part of the team working with Kennedy Scott on their the new Help to Work project. Help to Work is a highly innovative back-to-work project that aims to tackle worklessness amongst the most disadvantaged in the Coast to Capital LEP region. This includes Croydon, Brighton and Hove, Worthing and parts … Continue reading Kennedy Scott launch their new Help to Work project – Belina part of the team
Mercedes Grant is heading up our work in Hammersmith and Fulham with a weekly drop-in based in the Edward Woods Centre with contact with the Somali and Bengali women’s Groups She is also undertaking outreach in the local community with H&F children’s Centres and we will be looking to set up a GRoW programme soon.
Our contacts at Uxbridge wrote to all the children’s centres in the area and suggested they work with us. McMillan have been the most proactive and following a number of outreach visits, we held a two-hour outreach session for parents and everyone who came to the session wanted to do more work with us. There … Continue reading Case Study: McMillan Children Centre Sweet GRoW Group
Through our work with the Hillingdon Women’s Centre we have developed a partnership that is embedding our work in the local community. We agreed to base our weekly drop-in at the Women’s Centre to coincide with their job-club. Through this work, Belina was asked to speak at the Hillingdon International Women’s Day event on employment … Continue reading Case Study: SWEET Bengali Women’s GRoW Group