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Share Your Return To Work Story

26 Feb

Returning to work after maternity leave can be a real worry, no matter what your family and job situation. There is so much to think about, and everyone’s worries will be different. It’s important that you consider your options but don’t let these worries take over your maternity leave – it’s such a special time and you should enjoy getting to know your baby. If you have any concerns about returning to work, please get in touch with us for free helpful tips and advice, or just someone to talk to. Call us on 0800 043 2440, or join our friendly Flexi-Mum group on Facebook.

  • How will my baby cope without me all day?
  • How can I sit still and concentrate all day?
  • What am I going to wear?
  • What are “Keeping in Touch” days?
  • Which childcare option is best for me?
  • What hours do I want to work?
  • What if my baby is poorly?
  • How on earth am I going to get to work on time?
  • When should I go back?
  • I’m not as passionate about my job as I used to be!
  • How will I cope without my baby?
  • What are my rights?
  • I don’t remember how to do my job!
  • I’m so tired, how will I get through the day?
  • Will I have to stop breastfeeding?
  • How flexible will my employer be?
  • Will I get any in-work benefits?
  • Can I afford not to go back?
  • Can I afford to take a full year off?

Most Mums on maternity leave have asked these questions, and many more. Luckily, most of these Mums find a solution that works for them, their children and their employer, and many more find that going back to work allows them to regain their own identity, which can get a little lost when they become a Mum. We would love to hear your stories about returning to work, your worries and how you overcame them. Please email us at info@opsw.co.uk to share your story – we might even feature you in a future edition of our Flexi-Mum magazine!

Flexi-Mum Project

22 Apr

We are delighted to announce that Flexi-Mum, a pilot project set up by Opportunity Plus South West to support Mums of all ages to develop and improve their work-life balance, has been supported by the Big Lottery and has received an Awards for All grant.  This funding will allow us to inspire Mums of all ages and backgrounds across Devon and Somerset, and beyond, to pursue their goals, and make the most of their local resources.

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We started running Flexi-Mum as part of the second phase of the main Opportunity Plus South West project.  A large proportion of our customers seeking business start up support in the first phase of the project were Mums looking to start their own business to gain more flexibility, or to top up their part time employment income, often using new skills and passions they had discovered since becoming a parent.  Flexi-Mum is designed to support Mums (with children of any age) with the specific difficulties they can face.  This includes things like:

  • Returning to employment after maternity leave
  • Starting your own business
  • Seeking new, flexible employment
  • Volunteering
  • Retraining
  • Choosing to take a career break to focus on parenting

We have been out and about meeting Mums across Devon and Somerset to discuss their needs/worries and have come across a range of inspirational stories and ways of managing work-life balance as a working parent.

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With the funding we have been awarded, we will be publishing three magazines as part of this project, to inspire and motivate Mums.  If you would like to write an article for the magazine, please get in touch.  We are looking for a range of articles, and would love to hear your ideas.  This is a really exciting opportunity for anyone looking to get into any kind of journalism, or wanting to promote their business, or just share their story to inspire others.

You can find out more about Flexi-Mum by following us on Facebook, joining our Facebook group for peer support, and reading our blog.  If you would like to discuss your own situation, call our friendly advisors on 0800 043 2440.

View the Fleximum advert.