Barnstaple, United Kingdom, July 30, 2015 –(PR.com)– A women’s development programme, developed in the UK and now delivered around the world, is continuing to prove its worth in this country.
The Springboard development programme, developed and run by The Springboard Consultancy (SBC), enables women – from all backgrounds, ages and stages of their lives – to identify the practical and realistic steps that they want to take to make a better world for themselves at work, home and in their wider communities, while building the practical skills and confidence to take these steps.
Zoe Thompson, a civilian member of the Avon & Somerset Police staff, runs a Springboard group of, currently, nine women. All of the women in the group are from Bristol and come from a variety of backgrounds.
One is Polish; two are Jamaican; two are survivors of domestic abuse and one woman has been infected with HIV by her partner. Another woman was the victim of someone who broke into her house and raped her.
“In the group, we explore the idea that, although what’s happened has happened and can’t change, you can learn from it,” explained Zoe. “It enables you to consider the options open to you now, the changes you want to make for the future – and helps you to develop the skills and confidence to make these changes happen.”
Zoe also runs the Springboard programme for police employees – with some 30 women in each group.
Nacera Harkati, of Why Refugee Women, based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, joined a Springboard group in Dubai – where the group was conducted in Arabic, her native language. Nacera then became a Springboard trainer and now works with Muslim women in Sheffield.
“Many of the women with whom I come into contact hide domestic violence behind their religion and their culture,” said Nacera. “But things like forced marriage have nothing to do with religion; nor does female genital mutilation (FMG) – the effects of both of which we deal with in the group.”
Jenny Daisley OBE, SBC’s joint-CEO, said, “We have an abundance of evaluation evidence from the Springboard programme, gathered from many organisations over many years. For example, 84% of the programme’s participants say they’re ‘more open to change’ since attending the Springboard Women’s Development Programme; 83% say they have ‘a more positive attitude’; 80% say they have ‘increased confidence/self-esteem’; 79% say they’re ‘better at managing change’; 78% have ‘taken on more responsibility’; 75% say they can provide evidence that they’re ‘better at problem solving’ and 67% say they can provide evidence that they’re making a ‘better use of resources’.”
The Springboard Women’s Development Programme enables women – from all backgrounds, ages and stages of their lives – to identify the clear, practical and realistic steps that they want to take to make a better world for themselves at work and home, while building the practical skills and confidence to take these steps. It’s delivered through an extensive network of licensed trainers and has been used by over 230,000 women in 43 countries. For employers, the Springboard programme enables them to develop staff to their fullest potential and is often a key component in any Diversity, Inclusion and/or gender initiatives.
About The Springboard Consultancy (SBC)
The Springboard Consultancy (SBC) is an international training company, with a proven track record in work and personal development training, particularly addressing women’s development issues – especially via its award-winning ‘Springboard Women’s Development Programme’. Its core business is training and licensing trainers to deliver award-winning development courses – to people of all genders and all ages – via an international network of professional licensed trainers in locations around the world. In this way, over 240,000 people have used its programmes and over 1,300 trainers have been trained in 42 countries around the world.
SBC has developed a reputation for creativity, innovation and quality, balanced with down-to-earth pragmatism and good value. It believes that everyone is ‘born to shine’ and that life circumstances and lack of skills and opportunities often prevent that happening, to the detriment of all. It uses training to enable everyone, especially women, to develop themselves further – benefitting the person, their employer, family and wider community.
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Jenny Daisley, SBC, +44 (0)1271 850828; firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Springboard Consultancy
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