New ‘Be Your Own Boss Spring 2022’ SRG

We are now recruiting for new Be Your Own Boss members! Spring is finally here – and whether you want to grow and develop upon what you already have, or explore new beginnings, our Be Your Own Boss programme is ideal for unexpected entrepreneurs looking to explore the fundamentals of business and self-employment alongside a network of business allies and …

Maresia’s story – “I want to set up a service teaching BSL for children and the families of Deaf children”

I have always enjoyed teaching BSL (British Sign Language) as it is my passion. I previously worked in a role that involved supporting Deaf children and their families to learn sign language. I know there’s a lot of Deaf children who may be frustrated or anxious because there’s a major communication barrier between themselves and their families – and I …

Festival of Functional Medicine 2022 – Thank you!

A very special thank you goes to Dr Indra and the Specialist Functional Medicine Practice, for not only hosting a spectacularly interesting online event, but for raising and donating £300 to Trust Leeds as their chosen charity! On 29th January 2022, Liza and a handful of SRG members from our Be Your Own Boss Winter 2021 cohort enjoyed a day …

SRG Camp radio feature on East Leeds FM!

We rounded off SRG Camp by being interviewed for a feature on Chapel FM radio! We’ll let our awesome members speak for themselves about their experiences of the 3-day Self-Reliant Group blitz and what being in an SRG means to them. Listen here: https://www.chapelfm.co.uk/elfm-player/archive/2022/01/stay-close-17-self-reliant-group-camp-at-kentmere-community-centre/

Peer Network Gathering 2022

Our Self-Reliant Group members in East Leeds came together to learn, share and inspire one another at Trust Leeds’ SRG Gathering 2022!  The themes of the day were networking, digital and communication – and members discussed the importance of using online platforms to communicate with one another during lockdown. Using the ‘Top Tips for Mental Health’ video made by our …

SRG Camp

Members of the East Leeds community, who wanted to do more for themselves and their community, embarked on a 3-day blitz of workshops, fun activities and building friendships. At the UK’s very first Self-Reliant Group Camp (hosted at Kentmere Community Centre), budding SRG members learnt all about movement, and how they could be a part of something that would benefit …

Be Your Own Boss – Week 11 – 24.01.2022

THE FINALE!  For the final session of the Be Your Own Boss Self-Reliant Group programme, members presented their business pitches to fellow SRG members, Trust Leeds staff members and special guest allies, mentors and supporters. Everybody did such a brilliant job, confidently articulating their business plans, goals and achievements, and members received lots of positive feedback and praise from attendees.  …

Be Your Own Boss – Week 10 – 17.01.2022

The penultimate Be Your Own Boss SRG session was a little be different to usual. Members were invited to take part in individualised ‘masterclasses’ on with business allies and supporters, tailored to their needs. Zac (of 21degrees) was on hand to provide SRG members with knowledge of all-things Instagram, which is a particularly powerful marketing tool with over 500 million …

Be Your Own Boss – Week 9 – 06.12.2021

Our Be Your Own Boss SRG members took part in their ninth session this week as we were joined again by Malcolm Hall to discuss all things structure, guidance and regulation. Malcolm led our members through a presentation about the legalities of setting up a business – including differentiating between business structures and all things VAT. In the second half …

SRG members – commitment & saving

Our Be Your Own Boss Self-Reliant Group members have been sending us photos of their beautifully decorated savings jars and purses. Savings jars are particularly important to our groups, as regular saving is part of the commitment SRG members agree to when they join the movement – and we love to see the creative ways members do this! The amount …