• Michelle Partington


“Change was forced upon me causing me to crash & burn. At that point I had 2 choices; let it beat me, or use it as a ladder to get back up. As I came up from rock bottom, I picked up a stone and popped it in my pocket. It wasnt an easy climb back up but I had fight in me. At the top, I threw the stone into the river & vowed to use my experience to help make change.

Whether you have the stone, or part of the ripple effect it makes #WeCanMakeChange”. Michelle P.

When you think about change, what immediately springs to mind? Is it that you think you need to change? Another person or group of people need to change? The organisation or system? Or do you just think ‘things need to change’?.

Change means different things to different people and it is mostly a choice. However, sometimes it is forced upon us and we have to learn to adapt or stand up and do something that makes it work for us. I personally experienced a dramatic end to a 23 year career which completely knocked me for six. Things didn’t go to plan and the system failed in certain aspects of my care. I could have just let it go accepting that’s how it was to be but I didn’t. Once I had my strength back I knew I wanted to take action to ensure others are educated in what can go wrong, but also in providing guidance to enable them to support themselves, or those around them. I believe I am making a change with my venture but it’s not an easy road. There are stumbling blocks and sometimes you really have to fight for it. However, if you truly believe you can make a change for the better, then stand and fight if you have to, and not always on your own.

Real change very often takes us out of our comfort zone, which is why so many decide not to fight for it. Imagine if we all did that. If every woman who was told they couldn’t work in a particular sector or have a say in particular decision making, stood back and did nothing. Where would we be now if Emmeline Pankhurst hadn’t set up the Suffragette movement. Imagine if Rosa Parks hadn’t organised the Montgomery bus boycott and been the ‘mother of civil rights’ as she was known. What if Jane Austin hadn’t written her books exploring the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security?

They dont have to be big changes for them to have an impact. They just need to make a significant splash, enough to create a ripple effect; if we want to see change, we have to be the change. I truly believe that if we have the power to do something to support positive change then we must. Change may be too late for our generation but #wecanmakechange for those who come after us. Imagine us not having to highlight the first woman ever to…..

Let’s take the North by the horns #northernpowerwomen, #WeCanMakeChange.


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