Monday 25 March 2013

Another Passion - Hillcroft College

I went to London on Friday, for the AGM of Hillcroft College. This is the place that got my life back on track after my first husband left me to be a single parent of two wonderful children. I was really privileged to have a two year course there, a five minute walk from our home in Surbiton, all paid for  by the government. And it paved the way for my degree course, also free to me, and a varied career thereafter. These days there is no free higher education and students are saddled with high debt before they even get their first job.

Hillcroft is a residential college in the further education sector which has a special dispensation from the Equal Opportunities Act so that it can offer places only to women. It  is very special to me, and over the years I have tried to give something back so that other women can have their second chances. I ran a Friends organisation for a while and later served as a governor, taking the Chair for a couple of years. Now I am  Member of College and keep up with what is going on, making occasional visits. It's always good to catch up with old friends there and meet new people who are always very passionate about the opportunities to open doors for women who would otherwise be stuck and unhappy.

This is the latest information I've received:

Start up and Stilettos from InspirEngage International in partnership with Hillcroft launches its first Bootcamp for women entrepreneurs on Friday 12th April at 11am in the presence of The Worshipful the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Councillor Mary Heathcote OBE with special guest speakers from industry who will share their experience and expert knowledge of the business world. There will be an opportunity to discuss various topics with the panel during the launch.
Following the launch, the first Boot camp takes off at 2pm and runs throughout the weekend with an inspiring programme presented and delivered by Melody Hossaini.

What: A high-energy and interactive skills workshop delivered by Melody Hossaini, covering essential core modules that provides the unique opportunity for participants to develop their skills.
Who: Open to any ladies over 19 years of age.
Where: Hillcroft College, South Bank, Subiton, KT6 6DF. Hillcroft is a residential college and accommodation will be available for participants.
Why: Have you always wanted to learn more about social enterprise? Have a great idea and not sure how to get started? Want a unique chance to improve your skills by a world-renowned trainer? Sign up now! All participants will be awarded a Startup and Stilettos certification upon completion.

Join Melody Hossaini former Sir Alan Sugar Apprentice at Hillcroft 

How: There are limited spaces available. Book your place now.
tel: 020 8399 2688

Friday 12th April 2013
 at 11am. 
Hillcroft College, Southbank, Surbiton, KT6 6DF


Anonymous said...

My wife went on a course similar to this a number of years ago. She thoroughly enjoyed it, and it really helped her regain her confidence and her love of ceramics. She hasn't sold any yet, but she believes that it's more important for her to have some fun doing something creative; who am I to disagree. And anyway, I think she's right.

Unknown said...

Hi John. Of course she's right. Be good if she does get some sales though.

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