Cardiff networking team say ‘adaptability key to business survival’ during coronavirus

By Raspberry Jim,


The Cardiff networking team behind Warrior Women Collective, whose events were transformed overnight due to the coronavirus pandemic, say “adaptability is key to business survival”.

Charlie Morgan and Amy Holland, the creators of the increasingly popular series of female-focussed events, are urging business leaders to adopt greater flexibility in their approach following the worldwide virus outbreak in March.

The duo are speaking out after being forced to swiftly adapt their events offering, which have soared in popularity since their launch in 2017.

Warrior Women Collective aims to empower and celebrate women through their series of female-focussed events. The uplifting, inspirational, and empowering events aim to engage women in thought-provoking and positive discussions.

They have featured speakers including some of Wales’s leading businesswomen and entrepreneurs, including Sophie HoweFuture Generations Commissioner for Wales, and Hannah Pycroft co-founder of Spectrum Collections, while also shining a light on thriving female-run businesses.

Their popularity has soared over the past three years, with up to 1,000 women attending their 12 events last year and a 290% surge in attendees from the previous year.

Ms Morgan said: “Warrior Women Collective has been growing in strength over the past three years and we have been blown away by our growing community of women who attend our events and support us online too. We have also been humbled by the amazing women and inspirational speakers who have really made our events so memorable.

“Our events have consistently sold out, our audiences have increased, and the venues have grown, so we were really delighted with how well the events were doing and had big plans on how to keep developing and growing them.

“I think Cardiff was really ready for an informal, uplifting, and empowering series of events which celebrate the achievements of women.”

However, like millions of other businesses worldwide, the Warrior Women Collective co-founders were forced to re-valuate their business rapidly when the coronavirus pandemic broke out.

Ms Holland said: “Our events were completely transformed overnight by coronavirus.

“Social distancing and lockdown restrictions have indefinitely put a stop to our networking style events in their existing format, which is such a shame, and something which we were devastated by.

“But we didn’t want to just give up and let our amazing audiences and community down. More than ever women need to be supported, united, and empowered during this challenging time.

“So, we were forced to quickly regroup and re-evaluate how we could still cater to our audience and continue to host these events.”

After discussions, Ms Holland and Ms Morgan decided to launch their sell-out events online, enabling existing, and new attendees from across Wales and beyond to get involved. Ms Morgan added:

“Initially we weren’t sure how successful these would be online, would the format translate to Zoom? What happens if we have technical issues? Would our speakers be able to open up and share their stories as effectively on an online platform?

“These were big concerns for us as it’s the connection between our audience and the speakers that is really special at a Warrior Women event.”

Thankfully, the duo has seen their online events sell out, and over 100 attendees log in to listen to thought-provoking and inspiring speakers since March. Ms Morgan said:

“We’re amazed with the response to these online sessions, which have been beyond our expectations. 

“We have been able to reach a far wider audience online, and become more inclusive helping to benefit those who we previously couldn’t reach.

“Women who previously may have been too nervous to share their stories are speaking out for the first time, women who were unable to attend due to childcare responsibilities, and many others who for varying reasons couldn’t take part are now logging in and enjoying our events.

“We can’t thank our network and speakers enough for all their support and for adapting with us in these challenging times. 

“Warrior Women Collective, like millions of other initiatives, has had to become flexible and draw on creativity in order to survive.

“Our success underlines the importance of adaptability and how that is key to business progress in this unprecedented time.

“Yes, it was daunting taking the leap and deciding to recreate our offering in this format, but it was worth the risk, we have learnt so much and we’d encourage anyone considering it, to just go for it.”

Warrior Women will be hosting its next event on June 18. For more information and tickets visit https://warriorwomencollective.co.uk/next-event

Disease litigation specialist appointed to Watkins and Gunn to ‘expand offering’

By Raspberry Jim,


A disease litigation specialist is “thrilled” to have been appointed to Newport firm Watkins and Gunn to help “expand and strengthen” the firm’s offering.

Lyndsey Gordon-Webb has joined the award-winning firm as an associate solicitor and will also head up the growing Disease Litigation team from this month.

As part of her new role, the 35-year-old will handle all aspects of industrial disease, which have been created as a result of work-related negligence.

The Bridgend-based solicitor is also aiming to expand the firm’s specialist Disease Litigation department, and enhance its offering throughout Wales.

On her appointment, Mrs Gordon-Webb said:

“I am thrilled to have joined the team at Watkins and Gunn and have the opportunity to work with this fantastic team of dedicated solicitors.

“The prospect of heading up and really growing the Disease Litigation department was such an exciting opportunity, and one that I am looking forward to undertaking.

“I am sure it will be a challenge, but one that is certainly worthwhile, and I am very excited about what the future holds. I’d like to thank the managing partners for their belief in me, and I look forward to working alongside them to make the department a success.”

Mrs Gordon-Webb joins the firm after amassing 14-years’ experience as a senior associate solicitor at Hugh James, and also building an extensive reputation for her specialist work in international disease litigation.

On her appointment to Watkins and Gunn, managing partner at the firm, Clive Thomas, said Mrs Gordon-Webb’s experience would be an asset to the firm. He said:

“We are delighted to welcome Lyndsey to the firm, who will head up our growing Disease Litigation department.

“Lyndsey’s breadth of experience, is certain to be an asset to Watkins and Gunn as we look to expand and strengthen our offering going forward.

“Lyndsey’s expertise and knowledge in this area precedes her, and as such we are sure that she will enhance the reputation and capabilities of the team.

“We’d like to congratulate her on her appointment and look forward to working alongside her.”

Watkins and Gunn Solicitors are Newport, Cardiff and Pontypool Solicitors offering a wide range of legal services including Accident Claims, Medical Negligence, Wills and Probate, Employment Law,  and Business Law.

Traveline Cymru celebrates “exceptional” customer service results

By Raspberry Jim,


Satisfaction levels among public transport passengers using Traveline Cymru’s suite of information services have reached 94% thanks to its ease of use and helpfulness, according to its latest report.

The research, which was conducted by independent organisation Finger on the Pulse, reveals that customers found its ‘one-stop shop’ for travel information to be highly regarded and valued over the past 12 months.

Customer feedback suggested that staff helpfulness, accuracy of information and ease of use were among the reasons users rated the bilingual service highly.

The research found that the public transport information provider’s website scored an overall satisfaction level of 80%, with users most likely to view it on their mobile phone.

Its freephone number, managed by its contact centre in Penrhyndeudraeth, also achieved an impressive overall satisfaction rating of 94%. Among the main reasons cited for its success by survey respondents were staff helpfulness and its ability to efficiently deliver information to customers.

The research showed that thanks to its effectiveness, few customers were able to suggest improvements to the service.

The positive results follow an impressive year for the Welsh Government’s public transport information service and umbrella organisation PTI Cymru, having won the Services to the Transport Industry Award at the 2019 Wales Transport Awards. They have also secured two new contact centre contracts with National Rail Enquiries and the Rail Delivery Group’s ‘Rail to Refuge’ initiative after quickly adapting its business to facilitate staff working from home during the coronavirus crisis.

Jo Foxall, Managing Director at Traveline Cymru, said:

“We are proud to have maintained an extremely high level of customer satisfaction this year with these exceptional results. Our dedicated team work hard to prioritise customer satisfaction and are thrilled by their continued success.

“While our scores this year are high across the board, we are keen to take on board comments which highlight opportunities for us to improve our services so we can continue to offer the exceptional standard of service our customers have come to expect.”

Traveline Cymru is a not-for-profit company providing route and timetable information for all bus, coach and rail services in the country. The company is based on a partnership between the Welsh Government, public transport operators in Wales and Welsh local authorities. Its services are delivered via a bilingual website, a freephone telephone number, an app and text service and social media.  

ScoutsCymru launches Celebration Awards searching for ‘dedicated’ Welsh Scouts

By Raspberry Jim,


ScoutsCymru has launched its fourth annual Celebration of Scouting Awards searching for the most “inspirational and innovative” members across Wales.

The organisation, which supports over 15,000 young people in Wales to gain skills for life through exploration and adventure, will this year recognise volunteers of all ages across nine categories.

These include Inspirational Volunteer, New and Innovative, Community Impact, Group, Trustee Volunteer, Adult Volunteer, young Volunteer, Lifetime Achievement, and this year’s newly launched award Excellence in Leadership and Resilience.

The awards, which will launch online, aim to celebrate and recognise the success of Scouts throughout Wales, who strive to do more, learn more and be more.

On this year’s launch, Chief Commissioner of Wales Rhian Moore, said they were extremely excited to be celebrating the very best in Welsh scouting once again this year. She said:

“The Celebration of Scouting Awards are the highlight of our calendar here at ScoutsCymru as they enable us to shine a light on the fantastic work being undertaken here in Wales.

“Our awards recognise the outstanding work of volunteers of all ages and experience and act as a thank you for all their inspirational and innovative work over the past year.

“This year’s awards will be even more special as we’ve added a new category, recognising leaders who have demonstrated excellence and resilience and truly made a difference within Scouting and their community during unprecedented times.

“This is your chance to get involved and nominate a leader, fellow Scout, or volunteer who you think has gone above and beyond and deserves to be celebrated.

“With most of us now socially isolating, this is a chance to come together to recognise and celebrate those who are uniting communities and inspiring positive futures for the people of Wales.”

The Celebration of Scouting Awards will take place later this year with a date set to be determined by ScoutsCymru.

To nominate a volunteer please fill in this form www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/COSA2020 or to complete in Welsh fill in this form www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/COSA2020Cymraeg by 31st August

Newport Scouts hike to the moon for charity

By Raspberry Jim,


Adventurous Scouts across Newport have taken social distancing to astronomic levels by hiking to the moon in aid of life-changing local charities.

The Newport District Scouts have taken part in Scouting’s UK-wide Hike to the Moon challenge, which saw members walk the equivalent number of miles to the moon in aid of charities supported by Comic Relief and Children in Need.

Over the last few weeks, 150 Newport-based Scouts and three Explorer units have taken part in the challenge, with each member tasked with completing a mile in the most creative way possible.

Across the nation, they were joined by thousands of Scouts, friends, and family who collectively walked 240,000 miles raising over £328,000 for Children in Need and Comic Relief.

Newport’s Scouts added around £500 to that total by completing approximately 300 miles from their homes, gardens, and local areas while adhering to social distancing rules.

Deputy District Youth Commissioner Dylan Murray said he was “thrilled” with the creativity and determination shown by Newport’s Scouts and Explorers when taking on this initiative. He said:

“The Hike to the Moon challenge was a fantastic way to bring our groups together for something worthwhile a time when they are apart.

“The challenge really brought out the best in our members, who displayed their determination and creativity in undertaking their individual mile. Whether they skipped, danced or walked it was a highly enjoyable and rewarding event for all involved.

“We are thrilled with how much we helped to raise, which will make such a difference to the lives of vulnerable people throughout Newport and beyond at this particularly difficult time.

“We’d like to thank all those who took part, and supported us during this nationwide initiative.

“As Scouts it’s our mission to unite people through adventure, activity, and exploration, and we feel that this challenge really underlined our core values.”

The Hike to the Moon challenge is part of The Scout’s Great Indoors initiative, which has been launched to entertain and inspire children during the coronavirus lockdown.

Great Indoors is a collection of over 200 free activities suitable for families to undertake at home. The collection aims to enable families to have fun and develop skills for life during self-isolation.

To explore the Great Indoors visit https://scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors.

ScoutsCymru gives over 14,000 young people in Wales the opportunity to enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future. Open to all young people in Wales regardless of faith, gender, sexual orientation, race or social background, the movement encourages its members to do more, learn more and be more.

Oil 4 Wales fuel donation aids ‘vital’ Maesteg charity deliveries

By Raspberry Jim,


A Bridgend charity whose “incredible” volunteers are providing invaluable support to vulnerable, elderly and isolated people are getting their journeys fuelled thanks to Oil 4 Wales. 

Special Families Maesteg has received a £100 a week petrol credit from the proud Welsh oil distributor, to enable it to continue carrying out vital deliveries and services in the community during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Bridgend-based charity has been supporting at-risk individuals through its Maesteg Fairfield Centre Coronavirus help group, which was established after lockdown measures were introduced in March. 

As part of its service, the group’s 30 volunteers have been constantly behind the wheel delivering and collecting prescriptions, delivering food and carrying out wellbeing calls to lonely and vulnerable people across 250 homes.

Volunteers are providing around-the-clock service, highlighting those most in need, and dedicating themselves to ensuring that shielding, vulnerable, elderly, Ill or isolated people receive the care they desperately need. 

On the donation from Oil 4 Wales, which supplies over 160 million litres of fuel to commercial and residential customers annually, Chair of Special Families Maesteg Claire Edmunds said they “couldn’t be more grateful”. She said:

“Our trusted team of volunteers are making a real difference in our community.

“We are determined to keep looking after those we have found in the community that need our support during the lockdown and even after the lockdown is lifted. We will be there until they are back on their feet.

“The pandemic has left people struggling in so many ways. Basic essentials have become unaffordable for some families and it’s a real concern. We’ve been issuing foodbank vouchers to people who need them but unfortunately, not everyone will qualify for them. In these cases, we have a small supply of food that has been donated, so we are making hampers and delivering them to those who need them.

“We’ve recently offered a free garden clean up service for those who can’t do it themselves. Being stuck indoors 24/7 can have such a detrimental effect on an individual’s mental health so we hope this service will ensure people have access to some fresh air.

“We’ve linked with social services, GP surgeries, chemists, housing agencies and mental health resources to be able to provide as much support as we possibly can to those struggling in the community.

“To keep carrying out our work we are always in need of support, whether a champion to support us, donations, or anything positive that supports us in making sure that every single person in need gets help really goes such a long way.

“The donation of petrol from Oil 4 Wales is such an incredible help to our volunteers. They are continuously driving around the town and surrounding areas and the petrol costs add up. We couldn’t be more grateful. The donation will ensure that we can keep providing care to our community during this worrying time.”

Oil 4 Wales, which prides itself on working with communities and for communities, is also offering local NHS staff in Carmarthenshire discounted fuel during the coronavirus pandemic.

Its dedicated staff have been working around the clock to deliver essential oil and fuel supplies across the country, and it also played its part in creating Wales’ largest field hospital at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff supplying fuel for generators at the new Dragon’s Heart Hospital.

Colin Owen, managing director of Oil 4 Wales, said they were delighted to be able to help such a worthwhile cause at this challenging time. He said:

“The work being carried out by the Special Families Maesteg coronavirus help group is absolutely incredible. They are providing vital services to help so many people in the community 24/7, so we are delighted that we could support them.

“The pandemic has had such a devastating effect on everyone, so to see the community pulling together, and supporting each other, has been extremely heart-warming. We hope our donation will help the incredible volunteers to continue carrying out their essential work during this turbulent time.”

To support Special Families Maesteg email Claire Edmunds at sfmaesteg@outlook.com 

Seventy Beaver Scouts enjoy mass indoor camping event and pirate-themed challenges

By Raspberry Jim,


Over 70 Beaver Scouts across Ceredigion have swapped the great outdoors for the great indoors for a series of challenges with a swashbuckling theme.

The Beaver Scouts, from eight different locations across Ceredigion, have come together online to take part in six Pirate-themed activities.

During the weekend they enjoyed a mass sleepover, with members challenged to sleep somewhere other than their beds, whether that was a tent, their living room, or the dining room.

As the original sleepover was due to be held over St George’s Day, the Scouts also renewed their Scouting pledge during the online event.

Alongside this the Beaver Scouts were also tasked with making a campfire, and creating a treasure map

All the Beaver Scouts who took part in the unique indoor challenges have earned a special Scouts badge to commemorate their efforts.

Ellie O’Neill, leader at 3rd Cardigan, created the Pirate-themed activity challenge, while Claire Jones, Assistant Area Commissioner for Beaver Scouts, brought it to life. Ms Jones said:

“We were thrilled that so many Beaver Scouts were able to come together and take part in this challenge.

“When we first learned it was going to be cancelled we were disappointed, so this was a great way to keep their spirits up and still allow them to enjoy all the fun of camping.

“During the challenge, our members came up with ingenious sleeping arrangements, including tents in dining rooms and living rooms.

 “One parent said that it was a great idea that kept their children entertained all weekend.

“Were thrilled with the success of the event and we’d like to thank all those involved.”

Unpaid carers facing ‘extreme challenges’ in coronavirus pandemic to get £10k Loteri Cymru donation

By Raspberry Jim,


Wales’ 370,00 unpaid carers, who are facing “extreme challenges” through the coronavirus pandemic are set to get a £10,000 boost thanks to Loteri Cymru.

Carers Trust Wales, which provides support, services, and recognition for those caring for family and friends, will receive the donation from the all-Wales lottery this month.

Loteri Cymru, which creates winners across Wales and raises vital funds for Welsh charities, chose to support Carers Trust Wales after hearing of the difficulties carers across Wales are facing.

With lockdown forcing millions of people into isolation, the charity is predicting a dramatic 25% drop in its income. This income deficit, coupled with the fact that thousands of carers across Wales are struggling to cope as a result of a reduction of the services they depend on, difficulty accessing essential foods and medicines and not being able to get any break or respite from caring, means Loteri Cymru has made an unprecedented donation.

Loteri Cymru was created to support Welsh charities and causes close to the hearts of the people of Wales.

This year it is supporting LATCH – the Welsh Children’s Cancer Charity, Welsh Hearts, The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales and Youth Cymru.

Alongside raising vital funds for charities in Wales with 100% of all profits distributed, lottery players have the chance of scooping the £25,000 weekly jackpot cash prize.

Phil Gerrish, marketing manager for Loteri Cymru, said it was a pleasure to support charities such as Carers Trust Wales, and this unprecedented donation reflected the “life-changing” work the charity undertakes. He said:

“Carers Trust Wales is an invaluable lifeline for thousands of unpaid carers across Wales every year, as such we felt it was imperative that they received a significant donation to aid them at this particularly challenging time.

“Without their support unsung heroes supporting family, friends, and loved ones would not have a voice, would lack financial aid, guidance, and would go unrecognised for the selfless care they provide.

“Lockdown has proved to be difficult for many of us, however for carers who are regularly stressed and emotionally drained, they will be feeling even more under pressure as a result of the current pandemic.  As such, we felt it was more vital than ever to donate funds to this extremely worthwhile cause.”

Through their Network Partners, local charities that provide direct services to unpaid carers , Carers Trust Wales supports up to 36,000 carers a year from the ages of 5 to over 100, assisting those with dementia, addiction, ill health, and mental health issues. It provides practical support, advice, engages with Government and educational establishments, and campaigns for carers’ rights.

In order to support unpaid carers in Wales during the coronavirus pandemic, Carers Trust has established an Emergency Fund, which will provide essential grants to cover the costs of vital food, travel and repair costs.

Simon Hatch, Director of Wales at Carers Trust Wales, said that “extremely generous” donations such as this were crucial to enable it to continue helping under-pressure carers. He said:

“We are delighted to be supported by Loteri Cymru. Their generous donation will help us to continue to support unpaid carers across Wales in a variety of ways including through our recently launched Emergency Fund.  

“The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on unpaid carers and the support services that they rely on. Carers are increasingly reporting that they are struggling to cope with the growing physical, emotional and financial pressures of caring. This donation will directly make a huge difference for unpaid carers and it will help us to continue to work nationally to create a better landscape for carers of all ages.”

It costs £1 per week to play Loteri Cymru and support charities in Wales. Visit www.loteri.cymru to take part.

ScoutsCymru sees all four Welsh Regions take part in lockdown initiative ‘The Great Indoors’

By Raspberry Jim,


ScoutsCymru has been working hard to ensure that all young people are staying active, having fun, and continuing to learn invaluable skills for life during isolation.

As the UK enters its fourth week of quarantine, groups from each region in Wales have been proving that isolation shouldn’t stop young people from Scouting.

Hundreds of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, volunteers and parents have been taking part in The Great Indoors initiative which is providing 100 free activities to keep young people active and engaged while staying safe at home.

Scouts in South Wales have taken on Scouting at home with the 5th Neath Bryncoch group hosting a camp-at-home where each young person was tasked to pack a bag, set up their camping area and help to cook a meal. Leaders have also been setting weekly activities for their group which have included star gazing, building a model solar system, and building rafts and catapults.

Cub Leader and Group Scout Admin, Mike Lyons, said:

“We’ve had around 30 Beavers and Cubs get involved in The Great Indoors so far, it’s been fantastic. The young people have adapted to the situation incredibly well, and so have their parents. I’ve been told that the parents look forward to the weekly challenges as much as the young people!

“Everyone keeps in touch on our WhatsApp group and Facebook page which has been great for us all. Keeping in touch with each other has allowed our young people to stay connected and provide support to each other during this time which has helped them to cope with the huge changes they have faced.”

Similarly, Scouts in West Wales have been getting creative during isolation. The 2nd New Quay and Llanarth Air Scout group have ensured that The Great Indoors is just as much as fun as the great outdoors with new and exciting challenges being set weekly for their young people, including Easter treat baking and Spring inspired art sessions.

Group Leader, Claire Jones, reflected:

“The Easter baking was a fantastic activity, it was great to see our young people getting creative and having fun! I’m hoping in the coming weeks we will see even more young people take part in our weekly challenges. It’s a difficult time for everyone but The Great Indoors is allowing our young people to keep in touch with each other and continue developing their skills for life.”

North Wales is also taking part in The Great Indoors action. From stargazing in hammocks to testing out their baking skills the Gwynedd Explorers have been extremely busy. They have taken part in a Welsh themed baking competition, treasure hunt and virtual camp which saw 16 explorers and two leaders come together for a fun-filled evening powered by Zoom.

The latest task set for their young people will see them create animated films based on a scene from their favourite movies, with the winner receiving a trophy at their virtual awards evening. They are also planning to hold a Young Leader Camp over the next few weeks to ensure that their YLA explorers continue to develop their skills during isolation.

Rob Hughes, Explorer Scout Leader, praises his group for how well they have adapted to the new way in which Scouting is being delivered.

He said: “The Explorers have been fantastic at getting involved, they’ve embraced the silliness of the activities and even got many of their parents involved. It’s been really great to see. Everyone has adapted so well to this new way of Scouting. Initially, it was a challenge holding meetings via Zoom and Facebook, but everyone is getting the hang of it now.

“Over the past few weeks our motto has been to keep a physical distance but remain socially together. The young people have really enjoyed keeping in touch with each other virtually and doing something a little different. It can be challenging for them to stay engaged and motivated but being part of a wider Scouting movement helps them recognise that we are all in this together and together we will come out the other end.”

Powys has joined the other three Welsh regions in taking on The Great Indoors in a bid to keep their young people inspired and active throughout isolation. The Hay on Wye Scout Group has seen Scouts, Cubs and Beavers join in on weekly virtual meetings. They have been taking part in scavenger hunts, a code-breaking Easter egg hunt and an online campfire where they played map symbol bingo.

All sections have also been utilising OSM badges at home. The Beavers and Cubs are taking part in a sunflower growing competition which will contribute towards their gardening badge along with some group challenges that have included a ‘Thank you NHS’ video compilation. In addition, the young people are also making poppies at home from recycled bottles which will be used to decorate the cenotaph in Hay for VE Day.

Claire Bunton, acting District Commissioner, said: “The Great Indoors has been fantastic for our young people, those who have signed up are ready to give anything a go and we’ve had lots of happy smiling faces on the other end of our virtual meetings. We’ve got 15 Cubs and 12 Scouts that regularly join, and we also have a Guide joining in during isolation which is fantastic.

“The resources and activities have most definitely helped our young people to cope during this time, we’ve had quite a few parents contact us to say thank you and tell us how much their children are enjoying themselves. That’s the most important thing right now and we are so happy we can keep Scouting going and our young people happy and learning.”

ScoutsCymru has pulled together one hundred activity ideas into the ultimate resource for families. The activities are fun, free, and designed to keep young people entertained and educated throughout any extended time in the home. Each activity has a clear set of outcomes, such as developing communication skills or learning how to problem solve, which will also support schools in their aim to keep young people learning in their homes.

Warrior Women Collective shortlisted for Womenspire Award

By Raspberry Jim,


Founders of Warrior Women Collective, Charlie Morgan and Amy Holland, have been recognised for their ‘remarkable accomplishments’ by gender equality charity Chwarae Teg.

Charlie and Amy have been shortlisted for a Womenspire Award in the Rising Star category.

The Womenspire Awards, run by Chwarae Teg, aim to celebrate the achievements of Welsh women in every aspect of life.

Since launching in 2017, more than 1,000 women from across Wales have been united through the events held by Warrior Women Collective. Bringing together like-minded women – in a relaxed, friendly and welcoming environment – the monthly events feature a range of inspiring female speakers – allowing their voices to be heard, their experiences to be shared and their stories to be told.

The events have not only helped to showcase and celebrate the diverse talents of strong Welsh women but have also helped to create meaningful, supportive connections which encourage women to thrive.

Charlie said: “We are so happy to have been shortlisted for this award. We initially launched Warrior Women Collective as we recognised there was a gap in the market for empowering, inspiring, and thought-provoking events tailored to women.

“So far over 60 inspirational women have been given a platform tell their stories at our events and over 40 local female-led businesses have had pop-up shops to showcase their products. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to achieve and I’m excited about growing our offering further in the coming year.”

Amy added: “Our events have been created by women and for women, with the aim of elevating their achievements, celebrating their successes, and helping women grow. What we have set out to do is very much aligned with the work of Chwarae Teg so we’re honoured to have been recognised.”

“As a response to COVID-19, we are adapting our events and content so that we can continue to engage with our tribe. We will be holding monthly panel events on an array of subjects as well as generating lots of feed good, inspiring content.”

Warrior Women Collective recently rebranded from Warrior Women Events to reflect its growing offering and to allow for future business plans. Already the duo have launched a new podcast and monthly newsletter to continue to profile inspiring Welsh women and they have more plans in the pipeline.

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