We believe it is important to share some of the success stories to encourage other women to achieve their dreams. 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.
"I didn't really have a life until I was 11 years old, but things changed when I got taken into care – that's when my life really started. It was my foster mum who taught me the values I have today.
I never went to college and I had my first job at the age of 14 working in a cafe. It was in my early twenties when my health started to really deteriorate. Amongst other problems, I was diagnosed with 'spinal synosis'. I had to give up work and became depressed. After a bad few years I met my partner Peter and we have been happy together for many years.