Empowering women to imagine, design and create anything is Meg Solly’s mission, and she’s off to a flying start with the launch of her new company She Skills.

At She Skills, women are taught basic timber construction, power and hand tool skills during short introductory courses designed to give women the confidence to tackle the jobs they wouldn’t normally do.

“We want women to give building and fixing a go, rather than standing back and waiting for a man to do it for them; whether it’s putting up shelves, fixing a gate or making a planter box.

“There are a lot of stereotypes and myths about women that we want to shatter. There’s a lack of family role models, we want little girls and boys to see their Mum picking up drills and building and fixing things.

“Highly successful women in top level jobs have confessed to me that they feel disempowered when forced to call in their Dad or brother or neighbour to fix things around the house. There are others who find themselves as single mothers or widows who are overwhelmed by the host of new jobs they are suddenly responsible for. You can really empower yourself by learning new skills.

“We want women to have the confidence to go home and tackle small projects, like refinishing a piece of furniture, putting up a shelf, or one of our students even built her very own table.

“She Skills was born out of my desire to see women empowered to take on things they don’t think they’re capable of doing. We teach in a supportive and encouraging environment, and we’ve got big plans to expand our offering to include basic plumbing, painting, landscaping, home renovations and furniture making.

“We have secured a fantastic facility in Salisbury (just 12 kms from Brisbane) in partnership with the Construction Skills Training Centre and we have talented craftswomen as our instructors.

To help get She Skills off the ground Meg has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise $5000 to develop her project. Vouchers can be pre-purchased at an early bird price of $99 to be used in a 2016 workshop.

The workshops will start in February and will run on Saturdays for 3 hours. During the workshops women can build and take home a small timber project, along with new skills and confidence.

If you know someone who might be interested in taking part in a workshop, or supporting Meg’s project please share this information or contact Meg on 0423 277 759 or meg@sheskills.com.au.

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