Scottish women’s group comes to London
A successful initiative to help women become more independent and stand on their own feet is set to come London. Reports Sonal Gupta
SRG [Self-Reliant Group] leads an initiative where number of women come together to earn a living using their basic skills like sewing, cooking, making crafts and Christmas gifts. The aim of the group is to encourage women to become independent and generate income. SRG is currently based in Scotland, but the organisation is more than willing to take this initiative international. It will train and support every organisation from any part of the world which is a development model and has demonstrated some kind of success.
Eleanor Campbell, SRG Development Worker, says: “We have organisations modelling our same practices in Cardiff and Wales. We have couple of organisations in Manchester. We have requests from couple of groups in London.”
Is there anything for young people ?
SRG is a diverse organisation that welcomes volunteers, workers and members from all walks for life. It gives people an opportunity to come together and realise their true potential. The objective is to harness and support individual aspirations in this individualistic world. “If more young people were getting together on a regular basis, saving money together and dreaming about their potential, can you imagine the impact it could have on local communities? True potential to turn communities around,” Campbell believes. She talks about the benefits young people can receive from being a part of an organisation like SRG. Campbell says: “We would not ask you to sit and work on a desk. It is about being hands on. There are lot of public-speaking opportunities, and opportunities to be your own boss. Have that autonomy that many young people are not given. There is definite opportunity for growth and to challenge yourself because we are an young organisation.”
SRG in Scotland has acted as a support organisation for various women helping them professionally and increasing their productivity in the business sector. The idea was inspired by a self help group in Mumbai, India. The video below explains what SRG could really do for you. All one needs to do is find a friend, gather a group, share your skills together and generate income. SRG is with you at all times. They give you business advice, moral support and help generate income. The group also gives you training to help change your vision into a plan. Have a look at how could one really start their own SRG?
Campbell believes that working for a good cause has helped her evolve progressively. “It has encouraged me to think out of the box. It is not a typical kind of work, it is something that is very ground breaking,” she says. You do not just get a chance to use your skills more productively but also gain information about business, professional work, etc. Eleanor explains how young Londoners could use their knowledge for social media or any other multimedia skills they might have for their own growth and the growth for the organisation. This can be seen as an opportunity for youngsters to work as per their skills and understanding without many restrictions from authorities.
An initiative just for women?
While the organisation started with the idea of supporting women, it now concentrates on a bigger cause of promoting and encouraging independent and happy life styles for men and women all over UK. SRG helps one not just earn a living but also helps volunteers grow personally and professionally. “Males can also apply to volunteer. We have decided to open up groups to few men groups who have requested to become SRG’s. You can help a group regardless of your sex”
“As an organisation we value transparency. If there are just as many successes there are just as many challenges.” She accepts that there are challenges that come along with work for a good cause. Right from adapting to Scottish context, to making people excited about the initiative, to help boost the confidence of the members, volunteers and mentors, it has been a huge challenge. “It is extremely challenging, but it is all worth it in the end.The benefits always outweigh the challenges”, she adds.
Photo credits: Images displayed above are shared by Eleanor Campbell.