By Andi Hardy - Springboard Programme Manager
Today I attended one of the most heartwarming events I think I have ever attended. The Anawim Awards.
The Anawim Centre’s key objective is to help women overcome problems or obstacles that adversely affect their lives, with the overriding aim that they achieve their goals and reach their full potential. This centre is a hub for these women, a safe place for them to grow, develop, to learn new skills and to face their challenges with the support of the amazing Anawim staff.
I have been lucky enough to be invited into Anawim to provide an Introduction to Hospitality Course, funded by the Jabbs Foundation – who are massive supporters of the centre and are part of the reason as to its success.
This course is all about building core skills such as team building, confidence and public speaking but wrapped around the subject of hospitality. Every task we did in group was designed to develop these skills and open up the world of hospitality to them and make the ladies aware that they could have a successful career in the industry.
Today I witnessed sheer determination, grit & strength. I watched women cry on stage as they thanked Anawim for their support, I listened to stories of abuse, marginalisation, depression, loss of children and so much more but the happy ending in all of these stories – Anawim. These women may not be perfect, in fact they may have only just started their journey with Anawim – but my goodness they are onto a great & powerful journey of discovery, self-belief and confidence.
To the ladies I have worked with – please know that you are bright, beautiful and brilliant. You’re journey in 6 short weeks has been phenomenal to say the least and I know that you will continue to grow with the support of Anawim. I am honoured to have worked with you and to have met you.
Now today I didn’t read my prepared speech because I was too overcome with emotion and taken in by the marvellous stories – but I have included this here as I feel that everyone should see how much this course has meant to me and the activities that the ladies have undertaken with tenacity and enthusiasm.
Anawim thank you - for everything you do. Services like yours are changing the world one woman at a time.