Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
3:47 PM 5th March 2014

Help Is At Hand For Sheffield Mums Looking To Return To Work

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Help is at hand for Sheffield mums looking to return to work after having their children thanks to a brand new initiative launching in the city.

Women to Work will help mums in the city regain the confidence they need to go back to work, or set up their own business, starting with four free drop-in sessions to give a flavour of what to expect.

The programme has been set up by working mums Emma Shute and Jenny Pollock, who were inspired by their own experiences and those of their friends after having children.

Emma said:
"We came up with the idea to set up Women to Work partly through our own frustrations and those of our friends who have found it difficult to go back to work after taking a break to have their children, and in particular to find a fulfilling work life balance that fits in with family life.

"There is an awful lot of wasted talent out there and we've found that there are a number of women who are lacking in the confidence to know exactly how to go back to work after a break, so we wanted to come up with something to address these issues and make sure that women are well-equipped to make the most of their work and home lives.

"Jenny and I are both working mums and are passionate about supporting women to reach their potential, whether that is by returning to their previous role or by setting up in business themselves, and not to be unfulfilled or dissatisfied with their working lives just because they want to be good mums too.

"The initial drop-in sessions are a really informal and relaxed way for women to come along and find out what we're all about, with a coffee and a cake. We'll be on hand to talk through the coaching workshops and sessions that we will be running in the future, as well as giving people some tips and self-coaching tools to take away with them.

"We have already had a number of bookings for our coaching workshops, which will start in May, but there are plenty more spaces for mums looking for that helping hand."

The free drop-in sessions will take place from 9-11am on 11 and 25 March at Café Ceres on Junction Road then 12 and 26 March at Thyme Café on Glossop Road.

For more information about Women to Work please visit, follow @womentoworkuk on Twitter or like the Facebook page at