Development Programs

Rise Out of Covid Program

A free program was funded by the The National lottery in 2021
Contact Sandra on  to book your place.

The impact of Covid has left many women displaced in the world of work, and unsure of their future.  

The Rise out of Covid project focused on supporting Black women who have experienced loss of job and a reduction in work, disproportionally during the pandemic.  

It provided support with seeking new career opportunities, and the effect of  redundancy or the recent loss of your job,  and how this your confidence and self esteem? 


Rise out of covid programme flyer

The program consisted of 5 modules delivered 1 day per week for 5 weeks focusing on preparing you to either restarting a new career or changing your current situation in a new direction, including the option of starting their own business. 

It looked at the internal tools you need to make this happen through a number of techniques and exercises. It is an opportunity for you to work through some of your own internal barriers  

Followed up with 3 personal 1 to 1 coaching sessions to support you through your new future plans.  

  • support in changing career paths 
  • overcoming the feeling of being ‘stuck’ career-wise 
  • positioning yourself for future opportunities with an action plan  

Contact Sandra on  for more information


Make 2021 your year to Rise out of Covid 

Rise 2 Inspire Mentoring Program


Are you looking for support and guidance to help you get you to the next level in your business and chosen career? The 2021 program is now closed, we will get back to you in 2022 with details of the follow up.


The aim of the program

The Rise2inspire mentoring program will give individuals the opportunity to be inspired to pursue their dreams and ambitions. It is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool from which our mentees can gain invaluable guidance through direction, advice, criticism, and suggestions. They will be working with and learning from past Rise Award winners, who are successful business owners, entrepreneurs, and valuable members of the Black community. This programme will support the Rise vision.

More information about the program

Download the mentee information pack for more information about becoming a mentee.

You can also view a summary of the programme here.

We are excited to announce this year’s Rise 2 Inspire mentors for 2021

The mentors from a wide range of industries and sectors and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience to support any mentee. This is a great opportunity to be mentored by an expert in their chosen field.

You can read all the mentors bio’s here.


Apply to be a mentee

Rise & Shine Development Programs


Although Bristol is a thriving city, the increase opportunities for both entrepreneurs and career advancement is not being seen across the BME community. Some of the reasons for this is a lack of access to quality skills and development and also low self esteem and belief that you can change your life.

During 2014, Rise applied and was awarded lottery funding to provide a series of Programs and workshops to address the continuing gaps in achievement being experienced by women from within the BME community.

The Rise & Shine program is primarily aimed at Black ethnic minority women within the Bristol vicinity. We will be offering them the opportunity to experience and learn the skills and self belief required to achieve their life and business goals. This will be performed through holistic and alternative therapy, 1 to 1 coaching, group work and workshops. 

Our main beneficiaries are:

  • Young unemployed (18-24) – providing them with, confidence building, personal impact and awareness, presentation/interview skills, goal setting (through 1 to 1 sessions, group work and workshops)
  • Black women in business – opportunity to provide support, networking, ideas sharing and learning amongst like-minded individuals. Through coaching circles, and 1 to 1’s, workshops on business related subjects and advice, also referrals to other agencies.
  • Women over 25 -Job returners – these maybe long term unemployed, ex offenders, redundancy. Focusing on confidence building, personal impact, life coaching and goal setting, getting you ready for the interview progress.

The workshops include:

  • Confidence building/self esteem – individual and group work
  • Scattered energy meditation
  • Energy healing
  • The Chakra system
  • Self identify from an African perspective -This will focus on the importance of us as black women, our achievements and contributions.
  • Personal Impact, influencing skills, communication,  Values, Marketing and your Brand, vision board,  Setting personal goals and objectives, Intentional alignment, Job and future preparation

Business & role model panel discussion

With the current lack of government funds, these groups were finding themselves just a growing statistic with no individual help or support to become self sufficient and less of a financial burden on the state

It is about providing these groups with self empowerment and belief to look for different solutions to change their lives

It is hoped that with the success of this project it will help to reduce the number of black ethnic groups who are currently unemployed and increase the number of new business enterprises from the Black community

Rise 2 Inspire Program

This program is an opportunity to bring balance and equality to those groups who are disadvantaged in our society through race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, faith and poverty levels. Giving everyone an equal opportunity to enjoy the rich cultural diverse landscape and services on offer in this thriving city, but not accessible to all.

The Rise 2 Inspire BME women re-launch program is primarily aimed at Black ethnic minority women over the age of 40 living within the Bristol vicinity. This period in a women’s life can be a big crossroad and turning point, where you find yourself no longer caring for your children or other dependents, becoming single through a breakdown in a relationship or bereavement, or the loss or change of job.

These dramatic changes in your life, can have a profound impact on a women’s self-confidence and the ability to feel they can move their lives forward.

The program will give those women a chance to change that perception by focusing on themselves first, reconnecting with who they are and what they want to be.

The Rise 2 Inspire new to Business program is primarily aimed at Black ethnic minority women living within the Bristol vicinity. We need to build on the strength of our communities, the BME business sector was once vibrant but in recent years has gone into decline.There are BME businesses still being created on a small scale but they are not been expanded upon.

This lack of visibility is not providing role models or even the idea that this community can create businesses, so the community is not considering this as a viable option.

The Community do not have the self- belief they can start a business even if they have a great business idea. Our business sector should reflect the diversity of the city…but it doesn’t, the Rise 2 Inspire program will help the community to see that starting your own business can be a variable option and there is help available to create your own business.

These programs offer the women an opportunity to experience and learn the skills and self- belief required to achieve their life and personal goals. This will be performed through a series of workshops, 1 to 1 coaching, group work, and opportunities to network.

SLG Coaching & Development Services


SLG (succeeding life goals) coaching and development services provides 1 to 1 or group work activity in the areas of personal development, business coaching and mentoring services.

Sandra is a qualified Life Coach and has spent over 20 years managing people within large corporate organisations and therefore is vastly experienced in the areas of people management, leadership skills and performance coaching.

She has recently delivered the Rise2Inspireprogram, workshops for Street to Boardroom development program and 1 to 1 business coaching.


For more information on the services provided please contact


Wellnessjourneys offers the holistic approach to people who are looking at alternative ways to improve their health.
As a practitioner of holistic therapies, it is important to recognise the individual as a whole bringing together the 3 dimensions of the mind body and spirit.

Each journey undertaken from counselling, to body work, aromatherapy massage, energy healing,  personal and spiritual development , and body psychotherapy, all incorporating  the holding and support of the physical emotional and mental parts of the self.

Working for 29 years as a therapist, Lynn continues to work and learn by facilitating workshops and groups by working with community groups, an addiction clinic as well as her own private practice in Bristol.

Go to her website for more information