Recognition for Sutton Coldfield mum helping parents get the right work balance
A Sutton Coldfield mum has been recognised for her dedication to improving family life by an entrepreneurial charity and will receive support to set up her family friendly social enterprise.
Clara Wilcox, who owns the Balance Collective, is launching a self-funding social enterprise which will help parents get the confidence and skills to find the work life balance they need around their family.
The mum-of-two, who has always worked in recruitment, is getting a kick start in her dream as one of 42 social enterprises chosen from over 200 applicants to get the extra support to make her dream a reality.
Clara, who was chosen as part of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, was singled out from hundreds of applicants across the country and will get help and support from industry experts to make her project flourish.
“The School for Social Entrepreneurs is a great chance for me to grow the Balance Collective. When parents return to work after having children it can often be very daunting. Confidence change is a big issue and I am looking to help mums and dads to find the skills, update their CV and get the confidence they need to get back in to work after taking time out to care for their children.
“As a mum myself I know how hard it can be to settle back in, how things often change and you find yourself walking back in to a different job or struggling to balance work and life commitments.
“The Balance Collective offers practical advice and tips on getting the work / life balance right. It is fantastic that the School for Social Entrepreneurs has seen my potential and recognised that with this scheme.”
The School for Social Entrepreneurs is a charity dedicated to helping people using social entrepreneurial ways to tackle complex social problems.
The Balance Collective has been chosen to receive a year of mentoring, funding and support through the program, funded by Lloyds TSB and the Big Lottery Fund, due to organisers seeing the potential in Clara’s program.
Charles Rapson, CEO at the School of Social Entrepreneurs Midlands, said:
“Clara was given this opportunity because of her understanding of the need for this service and its social value, plus the entrepreneurial spirit she demonstrated in developing a sustainable business solution to the issue.”
Clara uses her 16 years of recruitment experience to offer career coaching, employer support, workshops in interview technique, CV advice and tips to help parents get back to work. Funds from packages to both employers and employees through the Balance Collective helps her to offer free CV feedback workshops to those struggling to get back to work.
“My aim is to offer a more flexible working life to all mums and dads so that parents and employers can find the right balance and help parents to get the support and confidence to get back to work.”
The Balance Collective workshops are held throughout the year. For more information or to sign up for one of the classes visit www.thebalancecollective.co.uk.