#TechSheCan!

We are delighted to be part of PwCs #TechSheCan initiative.  Since the inception of WayfinderWoman we have been encouraging women and young girls to think about STEM as a career and technology in particular.  Our motivational business conference last year ‘Inspiring Through Technology’ highlighted the enormous impact of tech and the unlimited opportunities available within the industry.

Across the board, fewer than 30% of women consider tech as a career option and of those only 3% say that tech is their first choice.  Yet this is where the careers of the future are going to be located.  Throughout the industry there are cries that employers cannot find the people they need with the necessary skills, or the motivation to learn.   By inference then, jobs within that sector are going to be well paid and employers will have to be flexible in their working practices to keep employees on board.  Some skills are so difficult to find that you can quote your own hours and rate of pay.  Why wouldn’t that appeal to a woman who wants a satisfying career that fits around their family commitments?

We kicked off our commitment to the initiative with a series of workshops running through April to July in partnership with TechResort and Eastbourne Volunteers to encourage women to consider a new career within tech.  Watch this space!

#100 years

It’s difficult to accept that one hundred years ago women had no say in who would rule their lives, who would write the laws, who would represent them at Parliament.  WayfinderWoman are running a series of events to celebrate the emancipation of (some) women, those over 30 with property, and in May they are going to sing out that celebration.

They can announce that Bourne Chorus, the well-known choral group will be joining their WayfinderWoman presents evening of professional music and readings from suffrage writings on 9 May at Christchurch, Seaside, Eastbourne.

It will be a music evening with a difference, perhaps unique for Eastbourne.  In the beautiful environs of the church guests will be able to enjoy a glass of wine and listen to the haunting melodies from Fiona Horsford, harpist.  A highly skilled musician her repertoire ranges from classical to jazz to pop.  Intertwined with the music, professional  actor Kay Cadell will read extracts from writings which have been unearthed by one of Wayfinder’s Heritage project volunteers.

In the second half the sublime Bourne Chorus will perform their own archipelago interpretation of music that reflects the strength and determination of the women who fought for the vote. Their varied programme will bring the audience into today’s world, whilst Kay Cadell also performs extracts from writings through the ages.

Come and join us to celebrate #100 years over wine and music. Entry is £15 in advance and £20 on the door. Tickets can be purchased by emailing info@wayfinderwoman.com

WayfinderWoman wins new award!

Women who’s voices are not being heard in Eastbourne and Wealden will soon get help to change that thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

The £9,962 award from Awards for All will be used to run a series of dynamic workshops in Eastbourne and Uckfield  that will help women be better able to express their opinions, be more confident in their decision making and more willing to step outside their comfort zone.  Women will be more aware of their qualities and thus approach potential employment with more self-assurance and express themselves more easily.

They will then be supported to design, organise and run their own events to support other women in expressing their views about the issues they’re finding and what they can done about it.   The activities will also link to the AQA unit award scheme so women will gain certificates of achievement which can be used on CVs and will also boost their confidence.

The project will be run over the next 12 months and anyone from Eastbourne or Wealden that is interested in joining the workshops can get in touch by emailing info@wayfinderwoman.com

A day to celebrate!

We were delighted to be invited by Eastbourne and District Soroptomists to exhibit and speak at International Women’s Day on 8 March.   We will be joining a long list of illustrious speakers who will be talking about a wide range of issues relevant to the town and East Sussex as a whole.  The day will be celebrating the important role that women play in leadership – particularly relevant in this centenary of (some) women getting the vote in the UK.  We can’t wait to hear from Rebecca Taylor, Sussex Downs College  who will be talking about Women and Leadership.  Then there is Sara Stonor, Vice Lord Lieutenant and Deborah Bedford, Deputy Lieutenant East Sussex.  They’ll be tackling the issue of Women in Public Office – in the presence of the female Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Pat Hearn.

On a more serious note Fiona Melcom from the Samaritans will be educating us on the role of women in suicide prevention and Lorraine McIntyre from the Sophie Hayes Foundation will be addressing the appalling issues of Human trafficiking emphasising survivors not victims.  And then Laura Murphy, founder of The WayfinderWoman Trust: will be celebrating the influential women of Eastbourne’s past, revealed by their Heritage Lottery funded Project – The Hidden Women of Eastbourne. 

It’s going to be a wonderful day!

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