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Funded courses for women considering the option of setting up a business

The Sowing Club

Funded courses for women considering the option of setting up a business

The Sowing Club provides funded, pre-start up courses for women in Lancaster and Morecambe who are deemed to be socially disadvantaged due to one or more of the following circumstances.

  • In low paid work
  • Living on benefits
  • Disabled
  • Lone parent
  • Leaving domestic violence
  • Leaving prison

We will deliver courses that are from 6 half days a week for any women who consider themselves socially disadvantaged and would like to consider the option of becoming self-employed.*

The courses will look at;

  • your skills
  • what it means to run a business
  • available support

Women completing the course who are ready to start a business can then feed into the next start-up course for 12 months of taught input and support from other women running businesses, to make sure that your business has the best possible chance of growing.

*Please note that self employment is not about zero hour contracts, but learning to run a sustainable business that will enable you to come off benefits and contribute to the community’s economic growth.

This group has been very important because it's helped me to think [...] realise that it is important that women need to share with women to make advances.
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So, what programmes do we run?

The Sowing Club runs a variety of courses at different times of the year.

Our courses, past and present: 

Course Open

This is a funded skills training course for women who are deemed to be economically inactive.

The course will look at problem solving, confidence building, communication skills and more. These sessions are run in small supportive groups.


This course is funded by ESF and the next course open for booking starts on 28th February 2020.

Course in progress

Crafty Women is a course for women makers in the Morecambe area who would like to earn an income from their skills. The course is fully funded for women on benefits.


Crafty Women 3 has now started, however if you would like to hear about future courses, please contact us.

Course closed

A 6-week level 1 introduction to a skills and enterprise course funded by Lancashire County Council via the Syrian refugee settlement programme.


The aim of the course is to give the students skills and the confidence to be economically active.

Course closed

In January 2019 we ran a 8 session course for women aged 50 plus who were unemployed, a carer, unwaged or facing redundancy.


The course was designed to help you explore whether self-employment is a good option for you. This course is currently closed and we hope to re-open in the future.

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"The Sowing Club has been useful to meet women with tremendous passion for life, brilliant creative ideas and an attitude that will shape a great future for every one of us. Gaining support, being positive and overcoming adversity have been main themes, and I have benefited from the collective knowledge and input from Jane and Mandy. I have particularly benefited from the moral support, and challenges to think and speak positively about the future; to be creative; to get on with it. To believe I can do it. I have benefited from being encouraged about my own ideas and from the positivity in the room... I think the continued surrounding support of the Sowing Club women will be vital to encourage and build my confidence."
- A.T -

Join the Sowing Club

If you are interested in finding out more about The Sowing Club and the programmes currently running, please get in using the contact details below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

  • 07892 712417
  • The Women & Enterprise Hub, 6-0-5, Alston House, White Cross, Lancaster, LA1 4XQ

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

Funded by the European Social Fund.