COACHING

Some Women Coach – an initiative from The Pankhurst Trust

These are the things we know:

  • As of March 2018, there were as many people in FTSE 100 CEO roles named Dave as there were women
  • As of April 2018, the average gender pay gap among all employees was 17.9%
  • “Social mobility has stagnated over the last four years at virtually all stages from birth to work,” according to the Social Mobility Commission
  • Coaching can be transformative for women who want to develop their leadership skills 
  • Some women do not have access to coaches, because of the cost or because they believe it’s ‘not for them’
  • Some women, particularly women of colour, women with disabilities and members of the LGBT community, have additional barriers to overcome in the workplace
  • Being part of a feminist network can give all women confidence to excel and reach positions of leadership in their careers

And so in 2018, the centenary year of some women getting the right to vote, the Some Women Coach project was born because, quite frankly, there are already enough Daves in charge.

What is coaching?

Coaching focuses on developing individuals’ skills and confidence, providing people with feedback on their strengths and weaknesses. Personal issues may be discussed but the emphasis is on performance at work.

Coaching is different to mentoring in that coaches and clients do not need to work in the same industry.

What does it involve?

Firstly, this service is completely free of charge and aimed at those who could not otherwise afford it.

We ask that coaches donate their time, but do offer travel expenses.

Coaches and clients will organise between three and six one-hour sessions in total, meeting once a month. The first meeting must be face-to-face and subsequent sessions can be via phone or video call.

Coaches may attend one hour-long continual professional development session per month.

For both coaches and clients, it is an opportunity to become part of a Manchester-wide feminist network based at the Pankhurst Centre, the former home of Emmeline Pankhurst and the house where the Suffragette movement was formed.

Who are our clients?

The clients are women who have demonstrated leadership potential but want to develop these skills and make a difference in society by moving into positions of power and influence.

They are women who are yet to forge networks, but want to move up the career ladder and need support from someone more experienced to work out how to progress.

Our coaches help clients understand the additional barriers they face in the workplace and develop strategies to overcome them.

We particularly welcome applications from underrepresented communities, including BAME, LGBT and disabled applicants, as well as applicants from a working-class background.

To make this a sustainable project, we encourage clients to become a coach or support the programme in other ways once they have completed their sessions.

If you think you know someone who would benefit from this service, pass this information on to them!

 Our clients face barriers to equality other than gender. Some information on the barriers faced by clients:

  • BAME: 33%
  • Disability: 28.6%
  • Mental health: 2.2%
  • Sexual orientation: 21.4%
  • Class 45.2%
  • Faith 9.5%
  • Other barriers: 8.8%
  • No barriers other than gender: 26.2%

 What our clients say

“It’s helped me to understand my reasons for feeling inferior and address them.  I am now more confident because I am able to see myself through the eyes of others.”

“Being able to talk about myself and my needs and aspirations is the best part.  My life experience has been one of always taking a backseat and putting others first.”

“My coach really championed me and my successes in our sessions. This made me feel more confident about myself and my ideas, and in this way I felt supported to take steps at work towards achieving my goals and to present my ideas, where before I had not felt able to do so.”

Who are our coaches?

Our coaches help clients understand the additional barriers they face in the workplace and develop strategies to overcome them.

Coaches have a range of experience; some have coaching qualifications but this is not obligatory.

We particularly welcome applications from underrepresented communities, including BAME, LGBT and disabled applicants, as well as applicants under 40.

What our coaches say

“The project is a collective of women helping other women, which I think can be a powerful entity.”

“I think this project is liberating and has the potential to support women to be successful in achieving their goals. It will give women the opportunity to support each other and grow, hopefully influencing future girls and young women to be confident and successful in achieving their personal goals.

 Other ways to help

If you cannot commit to coaching, we are seeking volunteers with a range of skills who can help support the project in other ways.

We need help with admin, fundraising and marketing, but are keen to hear about absolutely anything you feel you could contribute to the project outside of coaching. Please get in touch with us.

You can also make a donation to support the project. Donations can be made by sending a cheque to the Pankhurst Trust, Nelson Street, M13 9WP (put ‘coaching’ on the back) or by electronic transfer to sort code 16-21-17 account number 10114642.

 For more information or an application form, email us at coaching@pankhursttrust.or

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