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.

Nampo Mzana

Nampo from South Africa has always been a strong believer in promoting independence; Women Making a Difference has helped her to become more active in her new community in Cardiff.

Nampo came to the UK in 2003 when she was 17 years old. She moved around a lot with her family so it took her a while to acclimatise to life here. Most recently she moved to Cardiff and felt that this could be her permanent home. She wanted to put down roots but did not know anyone and initially felt very isolated and alone. Nampo also unfortunately experienced racial abuse. Normally outgoing, she found herself getting increasingly withdrawn but as a determined character she resolved that she did not want to live her life in fear and forced herself to seek out new opportunities. Through her work with the elderly and adults with learning disabilities she had seen first-hand how giving people the right support and opportunities can promote greater independence and a better quality of life. Looking to spread this message further and wanting to find a way for herself get settled in a new community she decided to volunteer with several charities. One of these told her about courses with Women Making a Difference.

Going along to enrol on the Women for a Change course Nampo felt very nervous but the warm reception she received soon allayed any initial fears she had. The group environment immediately felt welcoming, positive and encouraging and she was eager to be involved.  She found it inspiring hearing how other women had overcome multiple challenges in their lives and found ways to get their voices heard in society whilst also supporting other women to achieve. Meeting women from other countries and cultures who she could relate to and who shared her desire to contribute to the community and make positive changes she soon made a new wide network of friends. She feels the course has empowered her, boosted her confidence and renewed her determination to move forward. She would recommend it to other women who might be facing similar challenges to her, who may be lacking in confidence or direction. She found the course strikes the right balance between supportive and challenging and is a very nurturing environment where everybody’s opinions and input are equally valued.

When the course ended she left feeling challenged to do more. It gave her momentum to sign up for other projects and since then she has the confidence to take up more opportunities. Recently, she has secured a work placement to facilitate a career change and is looking forward to experiencing a corporate work environment in the head office of a housing association. She also now sits on two committees with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Her plan is to build a new career and continue to be involved in her community and hopes one day to be an inspiration to others.

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