Free online course to help mid-life women get back on their feet

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If you’re a 50-something women who needs a little help to turn your life around, then Amanda Rose and her team at Western Sydney Women want to hear from you.

They’re running a free Wise Woman program which aims to help those doing it tough be more money smart, build confidence and prepare for future employment.

“This is kind of like a reset in life,” says Amanda, founder of the organisation advocating for women in Sydney’s west. “It’s like saying, ‘this is phase two, let’s get you prepared for that’.

“This age group is also the fastest growing homeless cohort and we want to help prevent that from happening.”

The NSW Government-funded course is split over three modules – All About You, Money Smart and Job Ready – and only requires a minimum input from participants of an hour a week over three months.

While pandemic restrictions are in place, these will be done via Facebook Live, emails and phone calls.

All successful course candidates also receive a confidence pack, which includes clothing from program partner Thread Together.

I know a lot of women who run a lot of companies and they only want to hire mature-age women, because they’ve got stamina and they’re resilient.

There is no guarantee of a job at the end of the program, but Amanda and her team of mentors, and experts in their fields, will do the next best thing.

“I teach people how to hunt for work and where to go to get it, and also prepare them to be one of the top three chosen,” says Amanda.

As for the often insurmountable ageism hurdle many of us strike when job-hunting, Amanda takes that in her stride.

“The reality is, people are going to hire you, or they are not. If they’re going to be ageist, then so be it. They’re not the type of people we want hiring our women.

“We collaborate with like-minded attitudes. I know a lot of women who run a lot of companies and they only want to hire mature-age women, because they’ve got stamina and they’re resilient.”

The main prerequisite of acceptance into the course is that you have a connection with Western Sydney, which doesn’t mean you have to be a current resident, says Amanda

“You could have lived there when you were younger, or you work there now, we just want some connection.

“The reason why we do that is that you’ll have a better understanding of the stigma that you’ll never really make it, or you don’t have ambition, and we want to help those women who have felt that impact.”

For more information and to register your interest, click here, or email community@westernsydneywomen.com.au.

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