Women, and particularly disabled women and single parents tend to be stigmatised around their capacity to work.

Government campaigns to get more disabled people and single parents into work are surrounded with news reports of misery and sorrow. There are very few single parents and indeed disabled women, that are not capable of at least partly providing for themselves. SO what is the problem?

It is my personal opinion that when government leaders create work schemes for those that need help, because their circumstances do not meet those of mainstream workforce, they are in fact asking the wrong people, how they can make access to work better.

I say stop addressing the issue as joblessness. Address the problem as self-generated income. When people learn how to generate income in concert with their circumstances and lifestyle, the focus will shift, onto what is possible rather than what isn’t.

It only takes a few hours with a person, even one in significant poverty to illustrate how they can implement a plan out of their situation. But doing this requires a few significant steps. The first being to step out of learned helplessness and the second the financial security while teaching self sufficiency. This is how I mentor others.


Filling the Gap

A short guide to self sufficiency, anywhere for any woman, whether you’re employed or not – little things that women can do to make ends meet, or tuen life into more than just an existence.

Overcoming obstacles

Removing obstacles to female employment disadvantage.

Self Sufficiency. Opportunity. Skills development.

Job centre tick box exercises need to end. The resources of every long term unemployed person are different. For this reason, it is impossible to work coach everyone using the same formula. It’s not just about finding someone a job. It’s about helping them to help themselves.

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Encouraging Self Employment

The Access to work, New Deal and Self Employment allowances are wholly inadequate when it comes to creating self sufficiency. Income generation can be learned if the objective is redefined and the right kind of help meets the persons emotional needs too.


Creating opportunities

If a person can make a cup of tea, they can generate an income, if they can drive, write a letter, talk on the phone, they can generate an income. Opportunity is far too often viewed as ideas suddenly popping up. We need to understand opportunity as capitalising on everyday skills.  


Learning new skills

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