Providing Professional Women with Support, Focus and Connection in Lockdown
Our online ReLaunch Course supports women on a career break to understand the value of their strengths, build confidence, clarify their goals and create an action plan for next steps. Eleanor, who took part in our March 2020 online ReLaunch course says:
“If you are uncertain about where to start following a career break, the online Relaunch course is a great opportunity to be part of a supportive community that helps you focus on your next steps while rebuilding your confidence.”
~ Eleanor (Spring 2020 ReLaunch Participant)
Our ReLaunch course was launched in January 2018 and has already helped dozens of women gain confidence to take their next steps, go on to further education, engage with skilled volunteering, obtain part-time and full-time employment, change careers or start a business.
The online ReLaunch course takes place through weekly interactive, discussion-based sessions, which fit into women’s busy lives. ReLaunch is led by experienced facilitators and held in small groups, so participants not only finish with an action plan but with a new support network too. ReLaunch encourages participants to take small steps throughout the course to create momentum. As ReLaunch coach Henrietta Nelson says, “Confidence doesn’t tap you on your shoulder or fall into your lap – confidence grows when you take action.”
Participants have provided really great feedback about ReLaunch:
• 96% of ReLaunch participants reported that ReLaunch helped them to understand the value of their strengths
• 96% of participants reported that, as a result of participating in ReLaunch, they felt motivated and supported to take their next steps after a career break
• 100% of the women who took part in the online March 2020 and May-June 2020 ReLaunch Sessions gained clarity on how to achieve their professional goals
Since completing ReLaunch, participants have gained full or part-time employment, started their own businesses, changed careers, engaged with skilled volunteering or gone on to further education.
“ReLaunch made me set aside time to really think about my strengths and weaknesses, what was important to me and how that could translate into a new pathway going forward. The group was small and supportive, and the facilitators were well trained and capable. I learnt about Link UP London’s skilled volunteering projects, and through their team I became engaged on a project with the Katherine Low Settlement, the much-loved Battersea Charity that supports the local community in a variety of ways.
I really enjoyed being back in an office environment, where I brushed up on my IT skills and gained confidence. When the project came to an end, I was offered a paid role within KLS as their Community Partnerships Manager. In these unprecedented times I couldn’t be busier or more fulfilled. Coronavirus has thrown us a host of new challenges and I am working with KLS and the Coronavirus Angels to support Battersea residents through these difficult times. I fully believe ReLaunch made all this possible; without it I would still be considering my options without the confidence to press forward as it’s so easy to make excuses and procrastinate. I encourage you to take the plunge and see where ReLaunch takes you!”
With a view to providing connection, community and support for women, we are running our next ReLaunch course via 6 online sessions, with a 1 to 1 coaching session, starting Tuesday 15th September 2020.
Session 1: Tuesday 15th September | 09:00 – 11:30
Session 2: Tuesday 22nd September | 09:00 – 11:00
Session 3: Tuesday 29th September | 09:00 – 11:00
Session 4: Tuesday 6th October | 09:00 – 11:00
1 to 1 Coaching Session: (slots from 7th - 12th October)
Session 5: Tuesday 13th October | 09:00 – 11:00
Session 6: Tuesday 3rd November | 09:00 – 11:30
Early Bird: £245 for the course (full price is £275)
The price includes a complementary one-to-one virtual coaching session with a ReLaunch coach in October.
“After a 7-year career break to raise my children, I wanted to obtain a fulfilling role which suited me, but which also gave me time to care for my family. I took part in ReLaunch because I was ready for my next chapter and needed clarity and support to move forward. ReLaunch gave me the tools I needed – to understand my strengths and what kind of work I really enjoy doing. ReLaunch also helped me to create a plan to take concrete steps towards realising my career goals. The support and encouragement which I received from the women in my group and the ReLaunch coaches was fantastic!
ReLaunch is amazingly good value for money – because of taking part in the course, I felt motivated and more confident to apply for jobs. Subsequently I successfully obtained my current role as Project Support Officer with the Home Office. There can be challenges in returning to work after a career break, however overall, it has been a very rewarding experience for me. I really enjoy the intellectual challenge of my role, meeting incredibly passionate people dedicated to public service and being part of a vital team. Over the past few months, I have been able to work remotely from home, which has given me a positive focus in these uncertain times.
I’m glad that I took part in ReLaunch, as it set me on the right path to enjoy the next stage of my career. If you are thinking about your next steps after taking time out, ReLaunch is a great way to kickstart your career!”