Women Making a Difference deliver a progressive programme of training, personal development, mentoring, and role-shadowing. Beginning with our accredited course Women for a Change which is delivered within, and in partnership with, local communities. This can be followed by Women in Community Leadership which offers academic traing alongside practical skill development and is also accredited. The final stage is our Let's Get Women on Board scheme as this offers women the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of public and political life.
This educates and empowers the women participating to become more self-aware and to take responsibility for their own lives and the directions they take. We offer this programme nationally in Wales as well disseminating our knowledge overseas in countries such as Egypt, Jordan, and Sudan.
Training is delivered within local communities and allows women to become more strategic in their thinking and actions by understanding the decision-making processes of local, national, and central government. Not only can women acquire the supervisory and management skills they need to take up higher level public appointments, they gain transferable skills for the workplace and to enter Higher Education.
Mentoring & Role Shadowing
Mentoring gives women the confidence to take control of their own journey, empowering them to plan their future, and capitalise on their potential. The Let's Get Women on Board scheme provides the opportunity to spend six months to a year sitting on the Boards and Committees of a range charities or public services with an experienced member of that Board as a mentor.
We believe that women require opportunities to interact with the decision-makers and gatekeepers in public life. Observing post-holders in action gives an honest insight into what those appointments and roles truly involve and is vital to the participants' learning journey.
Our role models come from a wide range of backgrounds and positions including Councillors and Assembly Members. By role shadowing them, participants gain an insight into what these roles involve and a great chance to build a network.
Making a Difference
Our programme truly has made a difference to women's lives in Wales. Women completing all three stages have been inspired to use their qualifications, confidence, and experience to take up a diversity of roles in public life as well as improving their employment prospects. You can find out more by reading some of our success stories.
Equality and fair representation of society in public and political hierarchies will build and engage society for the greater good of all citizens and we pledge to continue our work to achieve this.