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Women in Business

Successful Business Women in Southwark This issue we talk to businesswomen who make a difference in their field.

Changing lives for the better

Joy Grimshaw CEO of The Bridge

“Everything we do is about helping women to make the right choices in life, which can, in turn, improve health and wellbeing.”

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Joy Grimshaw has one of those jobs where she can see lives changing for the better before her eyes. She is CEO of The Bridge, the working name of the YWCA Central Club and a charity that aims to make a difference to the lives of women in Southwark by improving wellbeing and combatting the effects of often preventable health conditions. Joy came to the job as the latest stage of a career that included running a languages school and working in other areas of education and business. Originally, The Bridge was in Central London but moved to Southwark Bridge Road because the borough has problems with wellbeing and health that the centre felt it could help address. The work is in keeping with guiding principles that go back ninety years. The Bridge’s history can be traced to the 1920s when a group of radical women set out to form an organisation

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to promote the intellectual, physical, spiritual, moral and social interests and needs of its members. Today, much of what the team does in Southwark is still driven by the founding principles of the visionary women who created the charity. Joy said: “We moved to Southwark because the borough has needs that we can meet. A big part of our work is addressing problems before they occur by helping women to make the right choices. “For instance, by helping women make wise dietary and lifestyle choices we can reduce the risk of illnesses such as Type 2 Diabetes and heart conditions. “Everything we do is about helping women to make the right choices in life, which can, in turn, improve health and wellbeing.” Under the charity’s Southwark Weight and Activity Programme (SWAP), activities range from gym and zumba sessions to

nutritional advice and wellbeing classes. Joy said: “We are not a weight loss programme but we do get people sending us pictures and saying ‘by the way, me and mum always bought our jacket in a size 20-22 for years. We went Asda today and saw a lovely raincoat, but it was only in a size 12. I said let#s just see how it is on you as you’ve lost a lot. Owww, my goodness it fit. I'm so proud of mum. She said she fit size 12 in the 80s.’ “ Also running is RISE, the newest programme to be set up by The Bridge. The wellbeing project is made up of a number of sessions that have been running every Friday since September, including mindfulness, physical activity and art. Joy said: “We can see our work making a real difference to women’s lives. Friendships have developed, their sense of wellbeing has improved and we are seeing better health. It is very satisfying.”

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