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.

Ishah Speers

Women Making a Difference helped Ishah to take a stand against Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery.

Ishah was searching the internet to find out what was happening in the women’s sector in Cardiff before moving from London when she first heard about Women Making a Difference. The courses on offer appealed to Ishah as she could combine them with her caring responsibilities and they offered the chance to meet likeminded women who also wanted to learn more about the opportunities available to make a difference to their communities.

After spending her childhood in Madagascar Ishah had returned to the UK and studied Drama and Theatre Arts at University in London. For the next 20 years Ishah remained in London except for a brief move to Spain. She worked as a TEFL teacher, consultant and examiner before moving into mental health support work including facilitating Art in Addiction. So it was with some trepidation that she decided to move her family to Cardiff where she knew only a couple of people.

Through Women Making a Difference Ishah forged strong, new friendships and successfully completed the level 2 accredited course “Women in Community Leadership”. From the course she discovered how complicated and involved decision making is when there are large numbers in a group. It also opened her eyes to the complexities of government and local organisations’ struggle to come to decisions in matters where many needs must be addressed, particularly in times of austerity and severe budget cuts. Through this involvement she has met committed women who like her, wish to make social change a reality. The courses have helped Ishah to understand the importance of being realistic about her own and other people’s time constraints and limitations in a collaborative setting, not only to make the workload more manageable but also to enable the group to support each other.

An integral part of the Women Making a Difference training is taking part in a social action project. Ishah joined with several other participants who shared her passion to raise awareness of human trafficking and the “Forget me knot” campaign was born. So far 1000s of people in Cardiff have found out more about the realities of human trafficking in the UK as the campaign took to the streets in October 2015. More than 300 people added their pledges to the giant loom the women imaginatively created and planted seeds to ensure the dialogue about this modern day slavery will continue. Through planning and implementing the social action Ishah now has a better understanding of her own strengths and weaknesses. Women Making a Difference has enabled her to be more autonomous and confident in moving a project forward. The Forget Me Knot campaign is continuing on social media and at events around Cardiff. The women plan to make sure many more people are made aware of the painful reality that slavery is not, unfortunately, a thing of the past.

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