Mentoring and Opportunities

There are plenty of opportunities to support The Growing Club. Whether that’s working with the Growing Club directly, such as mentoring or becoming a peer trainer, supporting one of our women or volunteering. There are lots of ways to get involved.

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Work with us

Support a woman starting her own small business by volunteering as a Growing Club mentor or taking on a peer trainer role.

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If you're a small business, you may be interested in some of the opportunities The Growing Club has to offer.

Work with the Growing Club​


Would you like to support a woman starting her own small business? Then why not become a voluntary Growing Club mentor and support our startup group!

If you run your own business and can remember how hard the first years of business can be, a role as a mentor could be right for you…​

Become a Peer Trainer

This is a paid opportunity to support our women as a peer trainer.

You must have been through a Growing Club course, a trainer course or qualification, and co-worked with Jane.

If you would like to be peer trainer – please get in touch.

Would you like to run a fundraiser?

The Growing Club is always looking for funding and support, such as non-tied funding. Perhaps you'd like to run a fundraiser?

Growing Club Mentors

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Sarah Ludford

Connect with Compassion

“I would have loved to have had a mentor when I started my business, and at many times since then, so I am delighted to be able to offer that support to someone starting up. I love hearing about her progress and providing a space for her to mentally unload, everything she is is holding and how this helps her to get clear about what needs attention this month.

Most of all I love coming up together with actions and seeing her implement them and take a step forward in her business, often on the same day that we have spoken! It’s great to know I am making a difference.”

Find Sarah online here

Love the support and accountability I get from the growing club. It is a safe place to talk all things business and is a great opportunity to learn from like minded women.


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Angel's Den

Support one of our start up businesses, by becoming an Angel to one of ten budding female entrepreneurs who will be pitching their business.

How could you support a small local business?

Those interested should contact: mandy[@] for future opportunities.

Slow Fashion Show

Are you a local seamstress, maker or designer? Would you like to feature on the catwalk at the Annual Slow Fashion Show in Lancaster?

If you would like to host a stall, run a workshop or submit your designs for the catwalk, please contact: corkerryl[@]
Organised by Gabriella Bavone of Artisan Bazaar.

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What our volunteers and supporters say

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Nicola Combe

Director, Morecambe Bay Wills and Estates Limited

“I’ve been volunteering at The Growing Club for a year now, helping out at the weekly Drop-In, assisting on the Roots and Shoots start up course, and more recently as a mentor for one of the women launching her own new business.

On average I give a half a day a week and I can honestly say I get so much value out of that time, I wouldn’t change it. I came from a corporate background but now run my own business so I can see both sides and bring lots of varying experience, helping women out in many different ways. I think I add lots of value to many of those who attend.

But it’s also two-sided! I get so much out of my time at The Growing Club. I’ve built networks and friendships, learned so much more about small business, and grown my own skills. I especially value working with women from lots of different backgrounds – it gives you a much wider view of the world we live in, and the local environment we all operate in.

I would recommend it to anyone who wants to develop themselves as well as help others. Come and join us!”

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Janie Ash

Founder, Better with Jam

A Brand Marketing Agency who are Brand Builders and Storytellers.

“We are a business rooted in purpose. Our purpose is to share our expertise and talent with our community. We believe good business makes for a better world and also makes business sense. We offer a helping hand in enhancing a company’s brand image,for those who need it most, by sharing a passion for creativity, happiness, teamwork and partnership. We believe if you can consistently impress your customers they’ll trust you.They’ll write about you and instil trust in others. This is modern branding at it’s finest. It’s not your name that counts but the experience you provide.

“We are passionate about what we stand for and believe in and working with The Growing Club, is something all of us will own together. We believe in Jane and her mission to help women. And we believe that working in collaboration and partnership, we all become more than the sum of our parts.

This important work that Growing Club does to help and support women wanting to start up or grow a business as well as building their confidence to thrive in business, is ample reason for other organisations and businesses to support them.”

Artwork: “Just a girl who decided to go for it” by Textile Candy

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