Empowering rural women
Would you like to take two days, just for you, to re-discover that inner spark and how to use your skills and experience in new directions? Plus, gain a confidence boost, new networks and plenty of support?
For rural women of all ages, First Steps is an empowering two-day programme designed especially for women to understand their purpose and realise their potential.
First Steps women form the backbone of their communities, families or farms. They are self-motivated but may not fully recognise the value of their skills and contributions. They may be wondering what next?, want to make changes or take their skills to new levels.
With small numbers, First Steps guarantees each participant plenty of individual attention from professional, experienced facilitators. First Steps is run in rural centres throughout New Zealand with each programme limited to 14 participants.
First Steps 2018 Dates & Regions
We are currently planning the 2018 First Steps schedule and will post the dates and venues here when they are confirmed.
Please complete the enquirers form so we can let you know 2018 dates and venues.
Register Your Interest for 2018
First Steps impact stories
- Emma Hammond
- Eloise Neeley
- Sue Rhynd
- Cathie Cotter
- Margaret Hore
Winton farmer, wife and mother of three, Emma Hammond, has moved into representation roles in Fonterra and education after reconfirming her skills, identifying new ones and gaining newfound confidence through First Steps.
"I'd had a successful career prior to leaving my job after the birth of my second child and had become a bit lost and disillusioned that I'd lost my identity. I did the farm books but needed more mental stimulation, while still being there for my family." Read more...
A believer in lifelong learning and development, Eloise had done other courses before but none challenged her more than First Steps which she described as 'life-changing'.
"I had done goal setting courses before – First Steps was different in that it challenged me to step outside my comfort zone and not go for the safe and easy option." Read more...
With a business management and accounting background, Sue and her family run a dairy farm and a beef operation in Northland. She always had a nagging feeling that she should be doing something else but wasn't sure just what that was.
"I didnt walk out of First Steps with a list of things to do – rather it's been incremental steps towards extending myself. I wouldn't be doing a presentation on and facilitating a strategic plan if it wasnt for First Steps and the coaching support I received." Read more...
When newly-appointed Dairy Women's Network South Island Convenor Coordinator, Cathie Cotter, went along to First Steps to see if it was a suitable course for her convenors she got much more than she expected – the start of her own personal development journey.
"I believe in my decisions and direction far more strongly than I did before. I used to talk about doing something - then wonder if I could. Now its about what I want to do and how to do it." Read more...
When Maniototo farmer Margaret Hore took part in First Steps in March 2013 it helped her realise the value of the skills and opportunities she had gained from being part of a family, farming business, rural community and as a former Plunket nurse.
"Our First Steps group was an amazing group of ladies and facilitators and it was a time of encouragement and empowering the positive. This has been extended as we continue to meet and support each other." Read more...
You will leave First Steps with:
- insight into the value and potential of your skills and strengths
- greater confidence and opportunity to explore areas of interest and passion
- a goal-based action plan and the support to implement it
- an on-going support network with like-minded women and the AWDT.
- Two days: 8.30am-4.30pm both days
- Cost: $260 + GST
Option to add a professional coaching session post-programme $50.00 + GST
This is a tax-deductible personal development expense.
- AWDT and its programme partners, CRS Software, invest in you by subsidising the full $1,000 cost of the programme.