We recently caught up with Life Coach, Sian, our newest expert volunteer who will be giving her own time to guide, support and advise people on our employment programmes. We got to get an insight into why she has chosen to volunteer with Shaw Trust and it seems there is a real family history!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your career so far.
I am a mindset/ life coach and my mission is educate and empower young and old about the power of our thoughts we think and the words we speak and how they create our reality. My background is in education and I have been a teacher and mentor for over 25 years. A part time coach since 2012.
I decided to set up my full time coaching business towards the end of 2020. I am mother of two amazing girls, engaged to a beautiful soul and living a life of purpose. I have never been more fulfilled and happy than I am today. Watching my clients transform week after week feels like the most rewarding job in the world to me. I love to laugh, make new connections, travel and step out of my comfort zone daily. I am passionate about improving my own mind. I read everyday, journal , meditate and have a deep self-awareness.
Why did you choose to Volunteer?
I chose to volunteer because I come from a family of volunteers. My mum has worked for a well known charity for over 35 years and at 75 she is still a very active volunteer. It has given her a huge sense of purpose in life and giving back. I decided to volunteer as a coach because I was aware of the incredible transformational benefits. It is a financial investment that is not affordable to many, I wanted it be accessible to more people that were wanting to make the change.
I wanted to see how I could help impact their lives to move them forward, learn new techniques and patterns of thought and maybe then pass that knowledge forward to someone else, creating a ripple effect.
Why did you choose Shaw Trust?
I chose Shaw Trust because my eldest daughter (who has special needs ) worked in one of your charity shops. I watched as her confidence and skill set was developing and how she was nurtured and respected. I thought the values were strong and the staff she worked with were incredibly supportive. It was a way of me saying “thank you “for what shaw trust did for her.
What do you hope to offer to participants on the employment programmes?
I hope and have offered participants the opportunity to look at what is happening with their lives currently and create a direction for them to move forward. A life of meaning and a life of purpose. I support them in creating sustainable lifelong habits, help them improve their chances of employment by building up their confidence. I spend time with them guiding them through difficult conversations, looking at effective communication techniques and setting strong boundaries for employees, family, friends and relationships. We look at time management and lifestyle and how they can grow as a person through reading, podcasts, journaling and meditation, eating better and getting some form of exercise.
Welcome to the team, Sian!