Success Stories

Since our inception in 2005 Women Making a Difference have trained over 700 women across Wales, empowering them with the skills, ability and confidence to succeed.

We believe it is important to share some of the success stories to encourage other women to achieve their potential. On these pages you will find a series of real women's stories on how they overcame their barriers and achieved the goals that they set for themselves.

All of these women have taken part in the Women Making a Difference training programme.

Gill Dentus

Gill from Pontypridd has always reached for the top in her personal and professional life. As a youngster she was an accomplished competitive swimmer who represented Wales at national and international level. She put her swimming skills to good use becoming a teacher and qualified lifeguard, then moved on to be a proficient lifeguard examiner. She also had an interest in business and when she secured a position in the Automobile Association she traveled extensively around England to meet the demands of the work and seek promotion. Following a move to Halifax Bank Gill returned to Wales and settled in Cardiff where she decided to gain some formal business qualifications at post graduate level. This led to work as Business development manager and advisor in academic settings.

When Gill’s mother became ill she took a career break to care for her. On returning to the employment market it was much tougher for Gill to find a job but she was determined not to give up and explored a number of avenues looking for new opportunities. She recognised that networking can open all sorts of new doors. It was at a WEN networking event at the Senedd that Gill first heard about courses run by Women Making a Difference.

Before joining the train the trainer course Gill says her confidence was at an all time low and repeated knock backs were starting to take their toll on her self belief.  She credits the course with helping her greatly, with moving back into training work and giving her new ideas for how to progress . Meeting other participants and shadowing a tutor on the Women for a  Change course gave her a further boost and she found herself some freelance business consultancy and training positions.

Finding out about decision making processes locally and nationally was an eye opener and Gill wanted to learn more, she was particularly interested in how she could use her business acumen to affect change in some sort of health or caring organisation.  When Gill heard about the Women Making a Difference mentoring programme she decided she would like to be involved. Gill was paired with Sylvia Mason, an experienced board member with the Carers Trust. Since being mentored by Sylvia, Gill says she has gained extensive knowledge about the way a board works and what the trustee role entails. Joining a board was not something Gill  had thought of doing before but now she has seen how she can apply her skills and pick up new ones to further enhance her career prospects. She has been inspired to apply for a place on the Carers Trust board herself and is waiting to hear the outcome of her application. Though she has yet to secure a permanent job she now has renewed confidence, has direction and feels ready to take up new challenges.

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