Family Matters: Back-to-work help for mums

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Help is at hand for Sheffield mums looking to return to work after having their children, thanks to a new initiative launching in the city.

Women to Work will help mums regain the confidence they need to go back to work or set up their own business, starting with free drop-in sessions to give a flavour of what to expect.

The programme has been set up by working mums Emma Shute and Jenny Pollock, who were inspired by their own experiences and those of their friends after having children.

Emma said: “We came up with the idea to set up Women to Work partly through our own frustrations and those of our friends who have found it difficult to go back to work after taking a break to have their children, and in particular to find a fulfilling work-life balance that fits in with family life.

“There is an awful lot of wasted talent out there and we’ve found that there are a number of women who are lacking in the confidence to know exactly how to go back to work after a break, so we wanted to come up with something to address these issues and make sure that women are well-equipped to make the most of their work and home lives. The initial drop-in sessions are a really informal and relaxed way for women to come along and find out what we’re all about, with a coffee and a cake.

“We’ll be on hand to talk through the coaching workshops and sessions that we will be running in the future.”

The free drop-in sessions will take place from 9-11am on March 25 at Café Ceres on Junction Road and on March 26 at Thyme Café on Glossop Road.

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