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    National Peer Gathering – January 2018

    The national gathering took place at the end of January and marked seven years since the, now famous, group of women from Glasgow first went on that trip to India.  Elaine, who had travelled with that group, joined us and we heard from the Maryhill group, one of our most ‘senior’ SRGs.  There was especial excitement on this occasion because we were joined by new SRG members from Manchester.  Over the last year, the movement has been spreading south of the border, and it was a treat to meet them.
    As ever, it was a boisterous, loving affair.  SRG members from all the Scottish regions turned up ready to hurtle themselves into the day’s activities and to find as many opportunities to connect and seek new ways of working together.  Activities ranged from a crazy selfie station to a serious talk about product development from a key player in Warner Brothers products.  We were treated to a fabulous talk on appreciating and valuing ourselves.  The talk was sprinkled with magic tricks and we enjoyed the opportunity to listen to such a thoughtful presentation delivered with such humour. In the afternoon, we competed with one another to create new companies and to sell to one another. The winner – ‘Miss Fix It’.
    For many, hearing the stories from SRG members was the most powerful part of the day.  One group after another spoke passionately about their groups, their work and their commitment to the movement.  As well as those from south of the border, we heard from recently formed groups in Fife and Renfrewshire.  Visitors to the event talked of being ‘bowled over’ by what they heard.  No wonder – such fabulous people, such fabulous stories.

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    Tiling in Paisley

    This November at the Paisley hub we combined our endless interest in grabbing every opportunity to learn new skills with our concern about the lack of decent splashback in the kitchen area and hosted a tiling workshop. Cameron Bauer from Building Futures (www.building-futures.org.uk) joined us in Paisley to teach the skills of tiling to an enthusiastic group of SRG members. End result – an elegant splashback. End result – competent trained women. “Better than housework” was the verdict.

    In 2018 we will continue to work with Cameron to support SRG members to develop the skills that will take them into various construction industries.

  • Scottish Women in Business – Charity of the Year

    Scottish Women in Business (SWIB) chose WEvolution as their charity of the year for 2015-2016.  Since that announcement, the SWIB members have been busy hosting a number of events to raise funds for WEvolution’s work.  One of the fundraising events was ‘5×50’ which involved SWIB members keeping fit and busy by exercising for 30 minutes a day for 50 days to raise money for WEvolution.

    To cap off a year full of events, SWIB invited WEvolution along to accept a cheque for the money it had raised over the past year.  It was a fantastic opportunity for WEvolution to share more about the SRGs and their work, as well as showcase SRG products by hosting a market stall at the event.  Karlie Stewart from Wine Time SRG attended as a representative for WEvolution and describes the inspiring event in more detail: “It was amazing to see all these women who have built companies and businesses from the ground up and turned it into something so successful.  I was really inspired!  They were so down to earth and wanted to give me advice and tips on progressing further!  Everyone wanted to give me their details because they can help in some way or, know someone who can help o,r even just to keep in touch.  It was such a nice feeling.”  At the end of the evening WEvolution walked away with a cheque of £2,300 (the most they have ever raised for their charity of the year!) but, more importantly, with a larger network of impressive businesswomen ready to support the SRG movement.

    Thank you SWIB for journeying beside WEvolution and the SRGs!

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