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 Supporting women to return to work after a career break

Making Work Work – for Women Returners is the Challenges Group's award-winning women returners programme.  

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About The Programme

Making Work Work – for Women Returners is the Challenges Group's award-winning women returners programme, co-designed and Programme Managed by Lynn Houmdi, Scotland's Flex Influencer 2022. We are delighted to have successfully won funding to support even more women in 2022/23 to make work work.  


The programme supports women in Scotland looking to step back into the workplace after a career break. Your organisation could help us find these women or support them to find work and training opportunities.  Your staff might like to mentor them, or to learn more about this unique and skilled pool of talent.


The women we work with are talented, skilled and enthusiastic. Most have management experience or aspirations. They are from across Scotland. Once they have taken part in our peer-led skills refresher programme, they are ready and raring to go into work commensurate with their skills, ambitions and potential.  



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Boosting work-related skills in management & leadership

Our programme is designed to equip women with the skills they'll need to return to work in a management or leadership role or progress towards one.

Why Apply?

Building confidence in skills & abilities

Working with our facilitators and other participants, women build their confidence and refresh their transferable skills, whether they seek employment or want to start a business.


Expanding networks to support women into work

Through the Making Work Work team and our programme of masterclasses, women build a network of support and opportunities for their future career.

Through our partnerships with Business in the Community and Volunteer Vision, they are mentored by corporate volunteers.


Want to learn more?

Would you like to find out more about our programme or how you can get involved? 

We host regular online Information Sessions - to see a list of upcoming sessions, click below.

Our Partners

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Take part in our LEAP programme

Pro-bono consultancy for Social Businesses from experienced women returners.

Making Work Work Alumni

Making Work Work participants go on to work, start their own businesses and volunteer on their own terms. Here are some of their stories.

“I feel a massive difference in my confidence, my sense of self purpose and passion and will be a different (and much better) female leader walking back into the workplace.”

Making Work Work Participant


Can you help us support women returners?

Learn more about our programme and get involved.

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The Challenges Group,
7 Montgomery Street Lane, 

Edinburgh, EH7 5JT

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