Looking Forward to 2023 & Having the Confidence to Fly
As I reflect on another memorable year of business and look forward to an exciting 2023, I’m amazed that only 10 years ago, I was pensioned out of the police due to events I had been exposed to which affected my mental health.
I absolutely loved my old job, I had wanted to be a police officer since primary school. Leaving the police after 24 years of service was such a big wrench for me, I was left feeling worthless and embarrassed.
After taking around a year off from work to recharge my batteries, I looked at the skill set that I had built as an experienced police detective. During my police career I was (and still am!) extremely passionate about safeguarding children and adults at risk of harm, and felt that I still had more to offer to help safeguard children and the most vulnerable in society. I therefore decided to take the big step of setting up both my own safeguarding business called Safe-guarding.co and work with others in a joint company called Safeguarding Associates for Excellence (SAFE).
During the pandemic I decided I wanted to help other businesses, and charities in particular, who may be struggling, and so I began volunteering to deliver safeguarding training to the Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) through Safe-guarding.co. As well as delivering blended learning training workshops, one of my highlights of 2022 was organising a successful fundraising Charity Ball event for CHSW. I also volunteer to help to raise awareness of ICON – a charity working to raise awareness and prevent shaken baby syndrome. I’ve particularly enjoyed this charity work and I’m looking forward to delivering more training courses and support in 2023 for CHSW.
The reality of working within a joint company can mean working long hours with very little time off. And so, with the help of an amazing business/ marketing consultant Angela J. Rimmer MSc FCIM ? (Angela Consulting), who boosted my confidence immensely, I built the confidence to branch out on my own. From January 2023 I am building on my next business chapter which I am delighted to share with my colleagues and connections. I have recently resigned as a director for SAFE to concentrate on developing my own company Safe-guarding.co.
In 2022, I’ve been very proud to have developed many more new excellent working relationships with local, regional and national businesses predominantly in the healthcare and education sectors, but also professional services too. I’m very excited to be working with these clients in 2023 on some great projects!
On the topic of referrals, I was delighted to be nominated recently for the category of Best Supporting Act in the prestigious South West Women in Business Awards. When I discovered my nomination, my first thought was – “why me when there are so many more deserving people”?, not thinking for one minute I would get to the final and actually win in my category overall.
The Awards event was spectacular and I met some wonderful, inspirational business women. I’m very grateful for Trish Caller (Genius PR/ Events) who decided on the winners of my category. This was such a humbling experience. I was really thrilled that my police career and work in safeguarding since then, after the diagnosis of post-Traumatic Stress Disorder had been recognised. I was also really honoured that a few women came to speak directly to me during the Awards about their experiences of overcoming adversity – all truly amazing people. I’m looking forward meeting more inspirational people via my new South West Women in Business network in 2023.
My work with Ange hasn’t all been about work! She joined me to celebrate and share in my success at the South West Women’s Awards where I hope you can see a little bit of fun was had on the evening. A big thank you to Ange (who I would absolutely recommend if you find yourself in need of marketing!) and, of course, my lovely husband who has been by biggest supporter by far!
This year, I’m very grateful for all of the positive feedback I’ve received and thank you for sharing your training/ workshop/ consultancy/ conference experiences with me. It’s been a pleasure to work with my clients, and I value your ongoing support. I’m very much looking forward to 2023 and continuing my safeguarding mission. I hope that you have a happy holiday season, and want to wish you a Merry Christmas and good health for the New Year.
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