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Peer Networks. Action Learning Programme for Lancashire Women Leaders

January 7, 2022 @ 09:30 - 12:00

Peer Networks. Action Learning Programme for Lancashire Women Leaders

Lancashire Women’s Peer Networks

Peer Networks is a government initiative that brings together diverse cohorts of women leaders so you can discuss your organisational challenges, in a safe space with your peers.

Delivered through a series of high impact action learning group sessions, you will gain and reflect on valuable feedback from your peers and identify practical solutions to overcome challenges you each face.

Build Back Better

From finance and HR, crisis management, to sales and marketing challenges, our expert facilitators, business owners, Lorraine Birch and Caroline Charnley, will create a safe support network, helping to build and strengthen your business, and improve its overall performance.

Why a Women’s cohort?

We know that, even in the best of times, women leaders of SMEs and not for profit organisations, carry a lot on their own and can feel isolated. In addition, it is clearly recorded that women led organisations have been severely economically disadvantaged by the pandemic.

Female run organisations, often in sectors vulnerable to economic shocks, experienced a higher rate of closure during the lockdown, and many more are struggling with the unprecedented situation.

Thus BEIS have allocated funding for a Peer Networks programme to support organisations through this difficult time and, knowing the specific challenges faced by women, The Growing Club, via Boost Lancashire, has secured funding to run another cohort, specifically for women in Lancashire.

So what are Peer Networks?

It is well recorded that accountability to our peers is a powerful motivator.

The aim of this funded programme is to provide a safe learning environment with trained facilitators, in which local women entrepreneurs and senior managers can share the difficult issues their organisations are facing in this current economic climate. Using action-learning methodology, possible resolutions to those issues can be discussed within a supportive framework in the group sessions, with an intention to effect change.

Subject specific trainers will be available to provide the group with assistance in the areas they need it, such as finance, marketing, HR and recruitment.

Course participants will receive:

**A total of 18-hours of action-learning group work with a small group of peers, through 2.5 hour Zoom sessions each fortnight (with a break for Christmas).

** 3.5 hours of one to one coaching.

There are 11 places available, which means only 1 place can be allocated per organisation.

The cohort starts on Friday 7th January 2022

Dates and times:

Sessions will run on a Friday morning 9.30am to 12.00pm

January 7th, 14th and 28th

February 11th and 25th

March 11th and 25th

Is this programme for you?


*Women applying for the course will be the owner of a business, or a senior decision maker within an organisation.

*The business (including not for profit organisations) must be based in Lancashire (including Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen).

*The organisation must have been operating for at least one year.

*The business must be small to medium sized (SME) with between 5 and 249 employers (associates will count as employees for creative industries ).

*The turnover of the business must be over £100,000 pre-Covid.

*Participants will be women who value peer support and collaboration and are open to learning.

How to apply: Fill in your details here on Eventbrite and you will be emailed a link to application form .

Participants will complete a feedback form at the end of each session, to enable quality monitoring and to capture the impact the programme has on the participating businesses.

All information given will remain confidential, in accordance with GDPR.

Women who accept a place on the course are expected to commit to the full length of the programme.

Feedback from previous participants..

“If you are serious about making positive changes to your business and want a sounding board and would like to learn from others experiences this is the course for you. Be prepared to be open and honest to get the best out of this programme”

“This was much more than I expected. The timing couldn’t have been worse in terms of the time of year and my workload but it couldn’t have been better in other ways as it took me away from the day to day and made me focus on my future plans and making decisions.”

“a safe space to discuss challenges and explore solutions in a non-patronising environment”

The Facilitators:

Lorraine Birch has been a business owner since 1996 and says she has “latterly matured to become an experiential mentor/trainer, with an unending desire to see women in leadership roles build resilience, create long term success by investing in themselves, identifying and confirming their inner skills”

Caroline Charnley is a customer service expert with experience in large, medium and small companies. In recent years she has been using her experience to found and develop her bricks and clicks store, Kitty Brown Boutique based in North Lancashire.

Any questions? Please email Jane@thegrowingclub.co.uk

To find out more about the initiative go to https://www.peernetworks.co.uk

To find out more about The Growing Club please visit www.thegrowingclub.co.uk

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