Yoga teacher nets £4,000 enterprise award

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A SHEFFIELD woman who uses yoga to help vulnerable young women prepare for childbirth and motherhood has won £4,000 and a place on the first Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme.

Marie McLaughlin set up her business, Yoga Kind, after finding that it can be difficult for many young parents to access mainstream support services in Sheffield, which can leave them feeling scared and unsure of where they can turn for advice and guidance.

She admits that as a sole trader she sometimes feels isolated too.

“Winning a place on the Social Entrepreneurs Programme means I can benefit from some valuable mentoring, network with other entrepreneurs and also put the grant towards practical costs such as premises, equipment and marketing,” said Marie.

Alastair Wilson, chief executive of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, said: “Marie truly is a credit to Sheffield and is doing vital work to help those who need it most.”