21 Jan 2020

WEN Wales is launching the third year of their mentoring scheme and are recruiting a cohort of 30 aspiring women and women’s groups to take part.

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The programme is selecting women from across Wales who wish to develop their political and public life skills and increase their impact and influence.

'I enjoyed every part of the scheme and the confidence it has given me,' says Rhian Parry, a mentee from the 2019 programme.

'I was so inspired by the camaraderie by the politicians towards each other, and also by the other women on the scheme.'
 
The achievements of these women have been phenomenal, with a number of women being elected to local councils, gaining positions on public and voluntary sector boards, and influencing political and public life through their newfound confidence.
 
To top it all off, a huge congratulations goes out to Sarah Atherton MP, who won her seat in Wrexham, becoming one of the first female Conservative MPs in Wales, and the first WEN Mentee elected to parliament.
 
Sarah Sweeney, Mentoring Officer, said, 'It's has been an absolute privilege to support these amazing women through this scheme,' says Sarah Sweeney, WEN Mentoring Officer.

'To see them take the leaps they were more than ready to take, getting them into the positions they deserve to be in, is such a fantastic testament to the scheme and the brilliant mentors and speakers supporting WEN Wales.'
 
Former mentee Mia Rees says, 'Since the scheme I have become a local Councillor, become a Trustee and passed my Assembly Assessment panel.

'The scheme and the women on it encouraged me to go for these opportunities and for that I will always be grateful.'
 
Applications for the 2020 Mentoring Scheme are now open!
 
Closing Date: 23 February 2020 23:59
 
Women's Equality Network (WEN) Wales, is able to offer a limited number of bursaries to assist women living in Wales with travel, support and/or accommodation costs. The bursaries are to enable women to attend WEN mentoring events and to meet with their mentors, if they were not otherwise able to do so.