YOUR MAN­AGER

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Name: Tracey Ar­den Role: Pro­gramme man­ager – Work­fit Women Or­gan­i­sa­tion: Lan­cashire Women’s Cen­tres

How long have you been

do­ing this for?: Work­fit Women is a new project so I have only been in this role since May 2017.

Tell us a lit­tle about the ser­vices you host?:

Work­fit Women pro­vides a tai­lored sup­port package for any women who are not work­ing and are look­ing to get back into work, gain qual­i­fi­ca­tions or sim­ply start look­ing for a job. We of­fer one-to-one advice and guid­ance around em­ploy­a­bil­ity, group train­ing cour­ses such as Work­fit and Mind­fit, one-to-one coun­selling, vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, work­shops and money advice.

What do you most en­joy about this role?:

Be­ing part of such a sup­port­ive team. Be­ing in a job that is re­ward­ing and that has such a pos­i­tive im­pact for so many peo­ple would be enough in it­self, but be­ing able to do that job along­side such a fan­tas­tic team of peo­ple with shared val­ues and goals – I know I am priv­i­leged to be part of that.

What are your high­lights of do­ing this?:

Be­ing part of peo­ple’s jour­neys and see­ing the changes in peo­ple from when they first come to the cen­tres to when they move on. The peo­ple we see in our cen­tres re­ally do go through life-chang­ing jour­neys and to watch that hap­pen is noth­ing short of mirac­u­lous.

What are your funny or mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences while you have been do­ing this?:

Well I have been do­ing this for a while and I have so many fan­tas­tic me­mories shared with such amaz­ing friends. Most re­cently was our pro­duc­tion of Bryan, the Witch and the Gy­na­phobes at Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre which in­volved lots of laughs and a huge sense of achieve­ment and ca­ma­raderie.

What is your favourite place in Ac­cring­ton?:

There is a mag­i­cal space in Oak Hill park with – I think it is called The Rock­ery – where a lit­tle stone bridge crosses a small stream and you are sur­rounded by plants and trees. Ei­ther that – or Moya’s house (learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment man­ager at LWC).

If you could of­fer any advice, what would it be?:

Some­thing a very good friend used to say to me – “If you do what you have al­ways done, you will get what you have al­ways got!”

Lan­cashire Women’s Cen­tres aim to en­sure women and their fam­i­lies in the com­mu­ni­ties they serve are able to achieve their po­ten­tial to de­velop their skills and live safe, healthy and pros­per­ous lives. There are five cen­tres across Lan­cashire in­clud­ing Ac­cring­ton, Black­burn, Black­pool, Burn­ley and Pre­ston.~

Fur­ther de­tails can be found via the web­site www.wom­en­scen­tre.org or via Facebook and Twit­ter

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