Go for It Helps the Younger Generation
Sarah Walker from Carryduff worked with the Go for It programme Business Advisor at Inspire Business Centre to get support to start her new business that helps babies and young children get active.
This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.
Sarah operates three programmes: ‘Relax Kids’ which helps children feel positive, calm and confident; ‘Little Stars’ which teaches under-fives how to shine through songs, games, stories and dance; and ‘Baby Mindful’ classes that allow parents to connect with their baby through calmness and contentment.
By taking part in the Go for It programme Sarah was able to get assistance to write a business plan to identify the start-up capital required to operate a business working with young people and their parents. She also received assistance on the potential income needed to ensure it is a viable business.
Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee meeting Sarah said: “To become self-employed is a big step for anyone but Sarah has a passion for improving the health and wellbeing of our younger generation. I am delighted that the Go for It programme could assist her with her three programmes. Sarah offers her programmes across the Lisburn Castlereagh area and I enjoyed meeting some of her clients at the Baby Mindful session held at Inspire Business Centre, Dundonald.
“Sarah has embraced the opportunity to use her qualifications and skills to offer a unique seven step approach of: movement, play, gentle stretching, gentle touch, breathing exercises, visualisation and relaxation. Her unique classes help babies and young children with their social skills, cognitive skills and physical development. I wish Sarah every success in the future as she shapes our children.”
Sarah added: “The Go for It programme enabled me to put my dream into action so that I can play my part in creating a confident younger generation. Confidence and the ability to relax are two skills that everyone needs as an adult but find hard to learn. By working with children from a young age I can help them learn these skills. It is amazing how the simple tasks of dance, stretching and positive speech can help children. My Go for It advisor helped me draft a business plan, gave me advice on insurance, tax returns and national insurance payments, setting up business accounts with my local bank as well as ways in which to promote my programmes.”
If you are interested in being your own boss and have a business idea you would like assistance to progress please contact Go for It on 0800 027 0639 or log on to goforitni.com