Balsall Common based mums launch new company

Balsall Common based, professional coaches, Sally and Nishi, have set up a unique partnership ‘Career-Mums’ to help women relaunch their careers after having a career break.

Both Sally and Nishi have a background in coaching, training, HR and recruitment and run their own independent coaching businesses. They too are mothers and have faced the challenges of having a career break and understand how daunting it can be to make plans to re launch a career after having a gap in the work place.  Careermums evolved from meeting like-minded women who wanted to re enter the work place but increasingly faced multiple barriers.

The ‘Re-launch your career’ workshops are currently being run in central Leamington Spa. During these interactive sessions women are able gain more than advice and guidance and receive real tools and techniques to support and achieve their career plans, whether that’s returning to a job or starting up their own business. Participants are exploring what they want from their career, how they can fit this around their family life, learning confidence boosting skills and creating a return-to-work plan. Workshops are open to women who want to explore re launching their career break, whether that has been a short break after maternity or a much longer period. Women will get the opportunity to learn from career coaching experts and meet like-minded women.

Nishi from Career-Mums said: ‘‘We’ve just completed a series of workshops which have been great. Feedback from the women has been incredibly positive and constructive; one example is “thanks for the course. It’s useful for me to put some structure around what I’m doing in terms of planning my next move(s) and to think about what fits with my values, ideas and circumstances. It feels constructive and positive, thank you”. Another participant quoted “ I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. It’s helping me to focus on what I need to do to get where I want to be. I’ve made progress!”.

Career-mums are also working with businesses, supporting the management of maternity leave before, during and following. The benefits are both for the employee and employers. Maternity coaching through successful transition, improves staff engagement and retention ensuing an overall happier workforce.

‘Re-Launch Your Career’ workshops will be held in Leamington Spa on 20, 27 April and 4 May. Contact Nishi Mehta on 07912 944945 or Sally Dhillon on 07736 066262. Career-mums can be found at or on Facebook.

Christmas at Oakes Farm Shop

Oakes Farm Shop is gearing up for Christmas. This Saturday they are hosting a turkey tasting session with Adlington Ltd.

Everyone is welcome to come along to ‘try before you buy’ between 10.30am and 2pm on Saturday 28 November. The producers themselves will also be on hand to offer cooking tips and answer any questions that you may have.

Adlington Ltd are just one of three local businesses supplying meat to Oakes Farm customers this Christmas. So if you’d like to support them find out more on Oakes Farm Christmas webpage.

Christmas orders are now being taken for collection on 22, 23 or 24 December.

Oakes Farm Shop are also producing a range of Christmas hampers for the first time this year.


Charity Festive Walk

Knowle and Dorridge Lions Club’s 23rd annual Festive Walk takes place on Monday 28 December and will benefit charities including Balsall Common based Lily Mae Foundation.

The walks start and finish at the Baddesley Clinton National Trust site, which has free car parking. Walkers can start from 10am and finish by 4pm. There’s a choice of three, five, and nine mile circular routes, a great way to get some fresh air and exercise after Christmas meals!

The walk is free to enter but all donations will go to the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, the Solihull Bereavement Counselling Service, and the Lily Mae Foundation with 30% retained for other local good causes.

Further details and registration forms are available on the Knowle and Dorridge Lions website

Knowle and Dorridge lions festive walk

A treasure trove of Christmas craft delights

Looking for something a bit different for Christmas gifts? Want to support local artists and crafts people? Head to A Gate Farm Christmas, this Sunday in Fen End.

Now in it’s fifth year, A Gate Farm Christmas was started in 2010 to support the wealth of brilliant artists and crafts people in the Midlands.

It is a friendly, family event and everyone is welcome to enjoy the day and get in to the Christmas spirit.

Visitors can enjoy browsing, shopping and eating cake at this unique seasonal gathering. Open from 11am – 3pm on Sunday 29 November.

For more information visit their Facebook page

Gate Farm Christmas 2015