Success Stories

Since our inception in 2005 Women Making a Difference have trained over 700 women across Wales, empowering them with the skills, ability and confidence to succeed.

We believe it is important to share some of the success stories to encourage other women to achieve their potential. On these pages you will find a series of real women's stories on how they overcame their barriers and achieved the goals that they set for themselves.

All of these women have taken part in the Women Making a Difference training programme.

Annette Monks

Annette is another superb inspiration that has gone on to achieve great success after attending our Engendering Change training programme.  Despite being severely dyslexic, Annette has learnt to overcome this through her endless determination and perseverance and has gone on to achieve things not only for herself and her own ambition, but for others too.

“My biggest barrier was my dyslexia.  I couldn’t write ‘the cat sat on the mat’ without looking in a dictionary.  It was a new student at the adult literacy class who asked if I was dyslexic and gave me a book about people who have been successful despite being dyslexic.   No one in the literacy class could give me advice on dyslexia so I left.

My first barrier to overcome was to take that first step through the door and participate in the Engendering Change course.  I was mentored by Ann Cox, past County Councillor and one of the founders of the Women’s Workshop.  I told her how, at the age of 16 I used to peer through the glass of the Workshop at the computers, how I was drawn like a magnet but never dared to go inside as I was unable to read or write.”

 “Due to the experience that I gained from attending Engendering Change I am now much more politically aware and I tend to get involved rather than staying on the side lines.”

“I felt very supported by WMAD, and did not have to ask for help - the courses are designed with lots of support in place. Now, my barrier is my self-limitation.  I have changed greatly; although I had an opinion before I would never speak up or put myself forward; without Engendering Change I wouldn’t have been doing anything.

 As a direct result of WMAD I got involved with Step Up Cymru, but more importantly I attended Cardiff University – a life-long ambition – gaining a Women into Management certificate and was awarded the Departmental Prize for exceptional research based on my WIM paper”

“Being able to go to University stands out as a great achievement for me, as it was always something that seemed outside of my grasp.”

“The only difficulty I had was trying to do everything at once - I was like a kid in a sweet shop, I had my hands in as many sweet jars as I could – so I would say pace yourself.  Use the tools WMAD provide to build the career plan you want in life.  I have and am achieving my goals.  Without Engendering Change this never would have happened.”

“To anyone contemplating the course I would tell them what a great opportunity it is, how it is life changing; they have nothing to lose – they are only going to gain.”

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