With podcasts becoming increasing popular – this is your opportunity to be a part of something ahead of the curve. If you haven’t listened to a podcast before here’s what you’re missing out on. Women getting their voice heard. Getting their opinions out there for discussion. Being part of the narrative. There is a plethora of topics out there which we will cover: 30 minutes of personal development, 15 minutes of career advice, 40 minutes of an in-depth conversation with a public figure, one hour of comedy and chat amongst people with information to share. Lots basically. The bonus too is that it’s as easier to do, than not to do it; utilise your car journey, commute, housework or exercise time, the possibilities are endless. It’s not even necessarily about listening to the podcast, it’s about taking that time for YOU and then coming together with people who want to connect with one another.
How did it start? An evolution of an idea from the fabulous Assist Chair, Ann Stonehouse at Assist’s Bookclub, where initially, members discovered their mutual love of podcasts (at the detriment of reading the book might I add!) When we researched it, there’s so many podcasts out there (and growing) but no where in the UK that we could find to come together and discuss them. Nowhere that brought people together for the love of podcasts. For the love of connection. Throw in Assist Women’s Network who are always so forward thinking and are at the forefront of bringing people together, not only for business but for social and wellbeing purposes. Add a sprinkle of Hayley the co-host who regularly falls down a podcast rabbit hole and needs people to talk to about what she’s listened to, nosy about what other people’s opinions are (she’s an inquisitive auditor don’t hold that against her) and you get our once every 6 weeks club.
What better way for women, each on their own personal missions, to consume information and then come together to share, dissect and debate their thoughts and feelings on what we’ve listened to. At the heart of every meet, it’s about connection. Human beings are on this planet for connection, that gives us purpose and meaning. We’ve wanted to create a space to share without judgement, a space to just unwind and be present. It’s about doing something for no other purpose than the pure enjoyment of it. That’s what we want for you to get out of the 40 minute meets. You time.
Come join us down the podcast rabbit hole 🐰
Our Assist Podcast Club Hosts are Hayley and Joanna, find out more about them below…
I found Assist through a love of books and a desire for personal development but what I discovered was so much more. Whatever you come to Assist for it will benefit all aspects of your life; personal, professional and community. It is positive action for women on Teesside to support and empower each other and most importantly, to thrive. Why would you not want to be a part of this?
Hayley Mclean – Anderson Barrowcliff LLP
ASSIST is just the most wonderful organisation. Filled with decent, powerful, creative, useful, intelligent and interesting people. And, the networking meetings smell so much better than normal ones :)
Jackie Dack of TEAL
Personal Performance Coach
Since joining Assist I have been invited to events including Hidden Women of Teesside, where I had the chance to network with local business women and build contacts. I felt very welcomed and part of something supportive of where I'm at today and what I'm trying to achieve. I now have an experienced mentor for the next year to help me focus and build my dreams. Lastly I was invited to the Assist Christmas meal which was amazing as being self-employed and a small grassroots organisation, it can get lonely so I was grateful for the opportunity to connect with other women feeling the same way and trying to achieve great things.
Annalice Argyle – Trac UK (Teesside)
Independent Recovery Advocates and Consultants & Lobster Recovery
Having struggled for a while to find a womens network in Teesside, i stumbled across of the Assist events by chance. How happy i am that i did. Ann and the team make the networking fun and relevant, informative and comfortable. I've made several really good business connections, but mostly i've met some great women who i know i could turn to for advice, or even just to meet for a coffee. We all face the same issues within business and personally and the Assist meet's allow collaboration, suggestion, support and smiles. Thank you Assist x
Katie Kendall – Hays Recruitment