Our 2019 AGM, chaired by Lady Appleyard, was an important opportunity for members to hear all about the Sharan Project employability programme which is being part-funded by Futures for Women in 2019 and 2020.
Sharan Project founder, Polly Harrar, and Trustee Jeff Prescott, joined the meeting to give us an update on the first programme which has just completed in Birmingham. We heard all about the disadvantaged women from the south Asian community whose lives are being turned around by the support they have received following their attendance at the programme. As well as receiving help with writing their CVs, interview training and an interview wardrobe the women have also grown in confidence and made new friends. A second programme will run later this year to repeat the success of the first.
During the AGM there was a change in Trustees for Futures for Women. We were sad to lose Grace Meadows and Harriet Hall from the Board, who have both resigned due to pressure of work. But we welcomed a new Trustee, Becky Clifford, who is looking forward to establishing an alumni network with our ex-beneficiaries of interest-free loans.