Lo­cal women cre­ate em­pow­er­ing group

Mansfield Courier - - Mansfield Show -

WHEN two like­minded friends get to­gether over cof­fee, ideas are cre­ated.

A vi­sion of women help­ing women, through em­pow­er­ing, in­spir­ing, con­nect­ing, ed­u­cat­ing and nur­tur­ing one another, doesn’t have to be a dream.

Over cof­fee only a few weeks ago, Bri Seaton and Genevieve De San­tis de­vel­oped the con­cept of the WiNE Net­work.

The acro­nym WiNE stand­ing for ‘Women in North East’ plans to be a col­lec­tive of women from all walks of life and at var­i­ous stages of life.

“It is not based purely on busi­ness or lead­er­ship, as many other women’s net­works are,” Bri said.

“It is a group of women cre­at­ing a vil­lage to sup­port, em­power and lift each other up.

“I’ve per­son­ally had times where I have been de­pleted, lacked iden­tity and courage, and strug­gled to be ‘me’, let alone a mum, wife, busi­ness owner, friend and more.

“It has been chal­leng­ing to ask for help, as I per­ceived it as a weak­ness.”

But what Bri no­ticed when she asked for sup­port was that peo­ple would come run­ning.

“My own ex­pe­ri­ences, which I share with so many oth­ers, demon­strated the need to bridge the gap be­tween women, to show that as a col­lec­tive we are stronger,” Bri said.

An evening for women to share their ideas, vi­sions and sto­ries has been or­gan­ised next month with the gen­er­ous sup­port of Mans­field Con­struc­tions and the Mans­field Cof­fee Mer­chant.

The event be­ing held on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 5 and will in­clude a so­cial catch up, canapes and drinks, fol­lowed by a mind map­ping ses­sion to discover what the women of the North East want from this net­work.

Genevieve De San­tis, cofounder of WiNE, un­der­stands the ben­e­fits of shar­ing knowl­edge and ed­u­ca­tion through sto­ries.

“The rip­ple ef­fect spreads far and wide; if you help one woman to be her best self, this will flow on to her part­ner, chil­dren, fam­ily, friends, col­leagues and com­mu­nity,” she said.

“If you can em­power one, you, in ef­fect, em­power many.”

The co-founders of the WiNE Net­work hope to hear from women right across the North East re­gion in or­der to help pur­pose­fully de­sign the net­work in prepa­ra­tion for an early 2020 launch.

The duo wants the WiNE net­work to meet the needs and de­sires of the amaz­ingly di­verse women re­sid­ing and work­ing in this re­gion.

“Whether you’re a young pro­fes­sional, farmer, stay-ath­ome mum, CEO or re­tiree, we want to know your story and how the WiNE Net­work can ben­e­fit you,” Bri said.

With ticket sales dry­ing up fast, and a wait­list sure to be needed, the girls sug­gest you get in quick.

Ticket book­ings for this event are essen­tial, so get in fast.

Book on­line via www.try­book­ing.com/bg­tra prior to Novem­ber 29.

For more in­for­ma­tion, fol­low the Women in North East Net­work Face­book page.

The WiNE Net­work is proud to be a com­mu­nity sup­porter of Mans­field Shire Coun­cil’s 16 Days of Ac­tivism cam­paign, with the event be­ing held on the in­ter­na­tional vol­un­teer day for eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

PHOTO: Sam Rouget

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PHOTO: Sam Rouget

HENRY THE BEAR: Kristy Zer­bato and Penny Sta­ple­ton took their furry friend, Henry, out­doors last Fri­day. The De­latite Ho­tel held a raf­fle to help find Henry a new home, with a stall at the show and in their ho­tel.

GIRL POWER: Bri Seaton and Genevieve De San­tis, co-founders of Women in North East (WiNE).

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