Professional Womens Networking Christmas Special

We attended the Professional Womens Networking Christmas Special yesterday hosted by PKF Francis Clark at Wyevale Garden Centre Salisbury.

Our plants expert, Nicky, demonstrated how to prepare a layered pot which will grow and bloom through spring into summer. Then, in the style of The Generation Game, we all had a go at creating our own pots.

With everyone engaged in their creations, chat came easily revealing ladies preparing to enter or re-engage with the world of entrepreneurship. Their ideas and plans are very reflective of Mum’s creating work life balance solutions to support family priorities and satisfy natural entrepreneurial energies.

Like their pots of plants, we look forward to watching and supporting them as they blossom and grow.

Parliament Week 2016 – #dodemocracy

Our commitment to the Parliament Week initiative since 2013 delivers an annual event to the senior schools of Bournemouth, bringing 60+ students into the Town Hall to practice and nurture their debating skills with the support of local, national and European politicians. The students prepare extensively and overcome nerves to participate in debates on current key topics. This year they discussed the validity and role of referendums in the UK and debated the speed at which article 50 should be activated in the matter of Brexit. The student’s performances and clarity of delivery were beyond their years and impressed all the politicians giving everyone renewed hope and energy for the electorate and leaders of tomorrow.

Domestic Angels were approached in 2013 to take the role of Partner to Parliament Week in the Bournemouth area as a direct result of the work we had been doing, and still carry out, to help women into work and empower them in the workplace. As Partners, we chose to focus on engaging pre-voting young people to show them that their voice does count and that they can make it heard. These 2 key messages will bring us the business and political leaders of tomorrow. Empowering the next generation in this way directly reflects the Domestic Angels ethos counteracting apathy and disenfranchisement.

Read the Daily Echo Article Here

Domestic Angels partner with The Crumbs Project and encourages other small businesses to do the same

Samantha Acton, of Domestic Angels in Bournemouth, has partnered with local charity, The Crumbs Project, which helps those with mental health problems and learning disabilities become independent. Crumbs recently encouraged and supported Domestic Angels in taking on Kelly, a woman with severe learning disabilities.

Crumbs Training and Development Manager, Ursula Boardman, advised “Although the law is clear that people with disabilities shouldn’t be discriminated against when seeking employment, only 46.7% of those with disabilities were in employment at the end of 2015, compared to 80.3 % of non-disabled people. Given that there are seven million people of working age in the UK who have a disability, or health condition, there’s a huge amount of untapped talent for small business owners with vacancies to fill.”

Domestic Angels employs 20 people who carry out housework in people’s homes and holiday businesses. Speaking of the Crumbs partnership, Samantha advised, “The only cost to the company was time, we just needed to have a few more cups of tea and a few more chats than we would with other recruits. It was nothing more than that. We needed to gain Kelly’s confidence, so she felt she could open up, talk to us and ask questions. It’s new for her to come out to work.”

Kelly, with the support of her personal advisor at Crumbs, began shadowing another member of staff in cleaning properties two months ago. Now a paid member of staff, she is on her way to taking on a similar workload to other members of staff and becoming a fully-fledged Domestic Angel.”

Crumbs training and Development Manager Ursula Boardman commented, “We first met Domestic Angels at a recruitment fair in Bournemouth. Kelly was there with a member of The Crumbs Project staff who was there supporting her in her search for work. Marie who is a Team Leader at Domestic Angels was really interested to hear about the work that Crumbs does and was extremely helpful chatting to Kelly about the opportunities within the business. Kelly subsequently decided to pursue the opportunity to work for Domestic Angels and a work trial was set up.”

Continuing Ursula added, “Kelly was ecstatic when we told her that she had been accepted to do a work trial. Marie has been wonderful with Kelly, showing compassion and patience, spending time with Kelly and building Kelly’s confidence. Kelly is now in paid employment with Domestic Angels which has not only boosted Kelly’s confidence but has made her feel accepted and capable. We would like to say a huge thank you to Domestic Angels for the support that they have given.”

Sam Acton concluded, “Small businesses should not feel daunted. I strongly recommend that they should try and embrace the opportunity if it presents itself. You will get back just as much as you put in. We can’t wait to meet the next candidate Crumbs put forward!”

Meet Zoe, daughter of our very own Angel Simon Brewer

Meet Zoe, daughter of our very own Angel Simon Brewer. Simon says that employment with Domestic Angels “works out really well for school run times for both my son and daughter enabling me to be around for my children outside of school hours.”
Simon is a single parent working part-time hours, “the team around me at Domestic Angels are great and always there for me, they understand what it is to be a working parent and are always supportive. They make it possible for me to be able to work and put my family first.”

Charities report a big rise in the number of very young carers

Meet 6-year-old Zoe from Boscombe. She's what charities are calling a 'Surrogate Mummy', helping to look after her severely autistic brother and her Dad. Charities in the south are reporting a dramatic rise in the number of very young carers, who look after their parents and siblings. Some are as young as four. The rise is partly because there is better awareness of the issue. But charities who try to support young carers say they are also under greater strain

Posted by BBC South Today on Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Domestic Angels run a Bournemouth Air Festival themed competition as Patrons 100

Domestic Angels used the Patrons 100 sponsorship opportunity as the theme of their most recent competition in association with Quarters Restaurant. The competition ran solely on Facebook, with advertisement drawn from all Domestic Angels’ social media platforms, which offered a chance to win a meal for two at the Southbourne Restaurant with a Bournemouth Air Festival themed question: How many people in total attended the Bournemouth Air Festival in 2014?

“In 2014, the Bournemouth Air Festival saw 1.17 million people attend. The Patrons 100 scheme offers local businesses the benefits of business networking as well as contributing to the support of the Bournemouth Air Festival.” Jon Weaver, Bournemouth Air Festival Director.
“The Patrons 100 member fee helps fund our chosen charities, and to support the night air displays”

Sam Acton from Domestic Angels said: “The Charities that benefit from the Patron’s Scheme are extremely worthwhile and include Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity, RAF Benevolent Fund and ABF The Soldiers Charity. We are delighted to be supporting them all.”
The competition itself raises the profile of not just Domestic Angels, but that of Quarters Restaurant and the Patrons 100 scheme of the Air Festival, all while testing the knowledge of the Air Festival on the residents of Bournemouth! Over 8,300 people in the Bournemouth area viewed the Facebook post with an impressive 26 shares and over 95 entries.

We’re delighted to announce the winner of the competition as Emma Winter who successfully guessed the attendee’s figures. Emma has won a 3 course meal for 2 at Quarters Restaurant in Southbourne!

Domestic Angels help Bournemouth and Poole College clean up in more ways than one!

Wessex Cancer Trust has been kindly supported by Domestic Angels recently by holding a joint initiative with Bournemouth and Poole College in aid of the charity.

The company, which provides home cleaning services to Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch worked with some Bournemouth and Poole College business students on a project to raise funds for Wessex Cancer Trust. Alongside Samantha Acton of Domestic Angels, the students designed an initiative which was to create and implement a marketing campaign as part of the assessment for their marketing course, which simultaneously appealed for the donation of unwanted clothes to the charity. A collection bin was put in the Car Park at Bournemouth’s Castlepoint Shopping Centre periodically emptied mid-June to mid-July.

The month long event was called “The Big Bournemouth Spring Clean” and people’s generosity went over and beyond what had been hoped for.

Wessex Cancer Trust are extremely grateful to Domestic Angels and the students who worked so hard, not only raising awareness in the Bournemouth area where they are about to open a new Cancer Support Centre but also for helping stock shops for charitable sales. The market research carried out with Samantha Acton of Domestic Angels by the students led their campaign to huge success. The clothing bin in the shopping centre was emptied three times in the month that it was parked up there and the charity has taken the items to its shops where they are currently being sold. It is expected that the clothes will have raised hundreds of pounds to be put towards cancer care for Dorset Residents.

Wessex Cancer Trust would like to publicly say a big Thank You! to Domestic Angels, Bournemouth and Poole College and Castlepoint for contributing to the success of the “Big Bournemouth Spring Clean”.

What’s lurking in your wardrobe?

The business students of Bournemouth & Poole College are working alongside local cleaning company Domestic Angels to organise the Big Bournemouth Spring Clean in aid of Wessex Cancer Trust. Students have taken up the challenge to run this major campaign as part of their marketing course to gain valuable practical experience, learn new skills and raise awareness of the important work done by Wessex Cancer Trust. Working with Samantha Acton of Domestic Angels, they devised and carried out market research with the public and are now running a marketing campaign to encourage local people to donate their unwanted items of clothing to support the many who have and are affected by cancer in the Bournemouth area.

Team Leader for Business Kate Howes stated ‘It’s a fantastic experience for students to have a live client brief and to develop their skills whilst helping the community and understanding the growing need for corporate social responsibility. The Wessex Cancer Trust does amazing work in supporting those with the illness throughout their treatment and recovery and with one of our own teachers currently in hospital with Cancer; it is a cause close to our hearts.

Hazel Hatch of Wessex Cancer Trust added, ‘not only is this a real and purposeful campaign for the students to work on, it will genuinely make a difference to the lives of the local people. I hope the community will get behind the Bournemouth and Poole College students and show their support by donating. The collection point for unwanted clothes is outside Marks & Spencer’s at Castlepoint until the end of June. Please give generously.’

Business student Stella Silvente states, ‘It’s amazing to be able to be a part of a real campaign as a part of my course and be able to support people who are suffering from cancer at the same time.’

So, what monsters are lurking in your wardrobe? Have a clear out for cancer today!
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Domestic Angels inspired to become Patrons of Bournemouth Air Festival

Domestic Angels inspired to become Patrons of Bournemouth Air Festival
Bournemouth and Poole based Domestic Angels have signed up to become the latest Patrons of the Bournemouth Air Festival.
Director, Samantha Acton enthused, “We attended the Air Festival Launch Event at Key West Restaurant on Bournemouth Pier in March but at that time had no intention of becoming Patrons. However, we were so inspired by all the guest speakers and the energy and passion in the room and listening to the fantastic charities that the Paton’s Scheme Supports. We also thoroughly enjoyed listening to the compere and host, Steve Power of Air Festival Sponsors, Wave 105.”

Sam continued, “It was following the launch and listening to Steve talk on his daily Breakfast Show on Wave FM about the Air Festival that Domestic Angels started thinking about the potential to be a key supporter of this incredible event – an event which has very quickly gained an outstanding reputation World- wide. The Charities that benefit from the Patron’s Scheme are extremely worthwhile and include Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity, RAF Benevolent Fund and ABF The Soldiers Charity. We are delighted to be supporting them all.”
Steve Power from Wave 105 added, “I was delighted to meet the Domestic Angels at the Air Festival launch. They are a great bunch of people who do really caring work and look forward to seeing them in August at the Festival.”