What is the Rural Women’s Network?
The Rural Women’s Network (RWN) (2001-2006) was set up through Voluntary Action Cumbria to help women in Cumbria realise their full potential through business support and the development of personal and workplace skills.
Why do we need a Rural Women’s Network?
The Rural Women’s Network enables women to gain confidence in their ability to create a business, learn new skills, work with like-minded women and improve their prospects for finding work.
What does the Rural Women’s Network do currently?
The Network Groups, originally set up by Rural Women’s Network are carrying on meeting and continue to be accessible to a diverse and varied membership.
How did the Rural Women’s Network work?
The Rural Women’s Network has helped women in Cumbria by providing a wide range of services. These have included:
What has the Rural Women’s Network achieved?
Over the last few years, the Rural Women’s Network has had a significant impact on the entrepreneurial women and economy of Cumbria. Some of its achievementsare:
Many of the women that we have helped through our services have commented on how much the support has helped them:
“The service has enabled me to gain the confidence to move my business plans forward.”
“I have learnt to be more positively assertive.”
“Services are delivered in a professional, informative manner. It is free of charge, delivered for women and tailored for women.”
The high quality of the Network’s services has been recognised through:
National Rural Women’s Conference (April 2005)
The Rural Women’s Network organised a National Conference which was held at Carlisle Racecourse on 20 and 21 April 2005. The theme for the Conference was ‘Women’s Contribution to the Future of Rural Regeneration: challenges, constraints, strategies and solutions’.
Please click here to read the full conference report