The first step to getting help is, it is universally accepted, to acknowledge you need it. But sometimes the barriers go up before you can get to that point. Coaching is expected in disciplines such as sport, dance, music, but what about in life and in business?For two Lancashire businesswomen coaching is not just their chosen calling, it has changed their lives.Kate Pollitt of Desire Branding is due to qualify as a business coach in March, a skill she will offer as part of her services to clients.Her journey to qualification started when she decided to invest in coaching for her own business which she set up 14 years ago. The Ribble Valley-based graphic designer and branding expert said: “I was seeking a business coach for me and this ran in parallel with the fact that working very closely with small business owners they would sometimes come to me with things that were not branding and marketing-related and I didn’t feel equipped to help them - things like work life … [Read more...] about Can coaching change your life for the better? These two Lancashire businesswomen believe it can.
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HANDS up if you’re excited about returning to work tomorrow after two weeks of sleeping in late, sitting around in pyjamas watching Netflix and eating too much? Don’t all shout at once. I get it. There is nothing cosier than the cocoon of Christmas. And leaving it is a wrench. So a lot of people will be full of dread at the prospect of going back to work. But I actually think that January can be one of the most productive, exciting and dynamic months. And just in case you don’t agree, I’m going to share my tips on how to make January into Fan(tastic)uary. The first step is to focus on what you want out of this new year. Because if you don’t make a plan you will end up exactly where you started, but this time in 2020. If you hate your job, don’t just keep saying that: Work out why you hate it and what steps you need to take to change it. Brush up on your skills. Look for learning opportunities wherever you can — and take them. From eating … [Read more...] about Focus on making January your most productive month by learning skills, developing your CV and applying for jobs
Individuals and organisations who play a vital role in the cultural life of Cheshire West and Chester have been honoured at a special awards ceremony. Chester Town Hall was the venue for the fourth Community and Voluntary Arts Awards ceremony which is organised by Cheshire West Voluntary Arts Network in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council. The Sheriff of Chester, Cllr Stuart Parker, presented the awards in front of an audience of 200 representing more than 30 voluntary arts groups. The awards celebrate and acknowledge the contribution that community and voluntary arts groups and individuals make to the sense of wellbeing and community cohesion across west Cheshire. David Woods, chairman of Cheshire West Voluntary Arts Network, said: “We are pleased that our awards continue to attract such high quality entrants who are doing so much great work in creating interesting work that engages large sections of our community. “We want to celebrate the contribution that … [Read more...] about Who won what at the Chester Community & Voluntary Arts Awards
Poverty and marginalisation are deeply rooted and change will not happen overnight — but tangible results will be realised in time, with the right interventions, says Anastasia Crickley.With Ireland reporting on its progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to the United Nations next month, up to 400 delegates meet at the World Community Development Conference 2018 in Maynooth from June 24- 27 to consider community development as a response to social and economic inequality, poverty, climate justice, rights realisation and other global challenges.One of its organisers, the International Association for Community Development, argues that there can be no sustainable development without community development.Another, Community Work Ireland, suggests that the vibrant, inclusive, and participative civil society essential for reaching SDG commitments is created and supported by community development.Echoing and reinforcing these concerns the other key organiser, the … [Read more...] about Community work key to tackling inequalities
PUBLISHED: 11:28 25 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:24 25 May 2018 Sarah Chambers Volunteers from Hopkins Homes including James Hopkins (back row, third from left) with staff from Deben Community Care Farm and children from the Pitstop Preschool in Melton. Far left is care farm director Heather Heelis, and Andrea Pittock and Judy Dow from Suffolk Community Foundation are on front row Picture: ANDREW HENDRY Hopkins Homes A care farm which boosts the confidence of youngsters and adults has been fitted out with new features, thanks to help from volunteers. James Hopkins, executive chairman of Hopkins Homes, Heather Heelis, director of Deben Community Care Farm, Joshua Hopkins, land buyer at Hopkins Homes Picture: ANDREW HENDRY A total of 20 staff from housebuilder Hopkins Homes at Melton, near Woodbridge, carried out a range of work at nearby Deben Community Care Farm, on Wednesday, May 23, including constructing a polytunnel, raised beds and fencing around two paddocks. Hopkins Homes … [Read more...] about Volunteers build new features at care farm helping youngsters learn new skills