Treasured Times How I set up my business at 50 + #guestblog

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This month my Guest Blog is by Debbie Mansfield, of Treasured Time, who after a successful career at senior level , made a proactive choice to find a career choice that suited her , offered a lifestyle change & allowed her to pursue her dream of setting up her own business. She offers much needed support & companionship services in South Yorkshire, to help older people maintain their independence & to help their relatives enjoy being sons or daughters not just ‘carers’. ” I wanted to be able to provide people with a better quality of life by being a friendly face and providing genuine support, giving much needed respite from feelings of loneliness and isolation “. Debbie is an inspiration for those changing career at 50 plus.

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Debbie says “I had worked in a Fertility Clinic in a successful position for 15 years when I made the decision to change the course of my career. A brave move some would say and others would say ‘madness’.

What made me decide to change career?

What led me to make such a decision was two-fold. The first was recovering from back surgery that left me in a lot of pain for over 3 years. I had a highly responsible job and coping with the demands of this, coupled with the aftermath of surgery was extremely challenging, and exhausting. Although I did my level best to meet all my commitments, it left me with little energy for life outside of work. Also being tied to my desk in a static position was doing me no favours, and I knew I needed a lifestyle change.

I took a 3 month break during the first year following surgery and this gave me time to consider if there was a different option to the pathway I was on. I started to do some voluntary work in the community befriending the elderly. I had worked as a nurse in my earlier career mainly in the elderly sector and I felt like a light had switched on somewhere. It was the beginning of my idea to set up a companionship business. I knew working with the elderly was what I wanted to be involved in. It took me another 18 months of trying to commit to my current job before I realised that I had to make the change happen.

I gave 6 months’ notice at the beginning of January 2017 – part to help the clinic work towards an inspection at the end of June, and part to give me time to get organized and not have to rush into developing my ideas.

How did I go about it ?

I made a list of everything I needed to research or do, and slowly began to tick things off. These included:

  • Writing up a business plan
  • Working out the hours and amount of income I would receive
  • Working out costs for business and personal needs
  • Setting out the service/s I would offer including terms and conditions
  • Building a website and maintaining it
  • Designing a flyer/and adverts
  • Drafting client information, contracts and enquiry information
  • Obtaining insurance and doing a DBS check
  • Advertising in local magazines and doing leaflet drops in select areas
  • Setting up a Facebook page
  • Sourcing an accountant
  • Making a list of networking opportunities and then following them
  • Setting up an email address for the business
  • Finally after beginning the business – registering with the HMRC

The business: Treasured Time   

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I founded Treasured Time at the beginning of May 2017, because I understood the need in our communities to offer a companionship service to those who find themselves living alone without the support of a family and friends network. I wanted to be able to provide people with a better quality of life by being a friendly face and providing genuine support, giving much needed respite from feelings of loneliness and isolation.

My aim is to offer;

  • Companionship to individuals that live alone, helping them to find time for enjoyment and to enhance their daily living.
  • To work with people who need a little extra support to maintain their independence at home – even if this is on a short-term basis such as recovering from illness or hospitalization until you are back on your feet.
  • Support and help in managing some of the day-to-day issues that arise running a home, which need sorting out – paying bills, sorting out repairs and maintenance etc
  • To offer support to relatives who have a busy working life, so that they know someone is there for their loved one when they can’t be due to work or holiday commitments.

Therefore, I offer a range of services to support people in their own environment, from spending quality time with them on a one to one basis, assisting with light household duties, shopping and accompanying them to an appointment.

I am happy to say things are moving forward and I do have some clients that I help, but it has taken longer than I first expected to get going. After networking and talking to people, I now feel on the brink of making things happen. Fingers crossed all goes well.”

If you or a relative would like to talk about her service or book one of Debbies free half hour visits please call her on 07890 134656 . Her website details are below, with testimonials.

Website – www.treasuredtime.co.uk

Email – treasuredtime.dam@gmail.com

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Cakes from famous Cookbooks

Sheffield Clandestine cake club met today hosted by Walkley library. Our theme was cakes from famous cookbooks & we had 8 cakes & bakers plus guests. It was part of Sheffield Food festival #fringe . The library is now community run, but you can still order books through Sheffield libraries service.  Here are our cakes !

Best Sheffield Clandestine cake club at Walkley Library

Lime & Coconut cake ( slight damage to icing , in rain )

Karens Lime & Coconut from Delia Smiths Summer Cookbook … slight damage to icing due to rainstorm on way into venue.

Annes Tuscan Grape cake

Annes Tuscan Grape cake from Sally B’s recipe book. Low fat cake, with olive oil instead of butter, sweet wine, orange & lemon zest & grapes.

Clares BeRo Victoria Sponge

Clare made a trad Victoria sponge from her mums BeRo cookbook. It had 6 eggs & a massive rise !Joy Apple & Cinnamon

Joy made an Apple & cinnamon cake from Mary Berrys book,  a delicious layer of appleness, plus nutty walnut topping.
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Laura also made a BeRo Victoria sponge , with buttercream & strawberries.

Louise Mary Berry Chocolate truffle cake

Louise made a Chocolate truffle cake from Mary Berrys desserts book. Chocolate sponge, truffle filling & icing plus ganache piping.

Dani Peanut Butter & Jelly Cake

Dani made Peanut Butter & Jellycake from the Hummingbird bakery life is sweet cookbook.

Sarah best Raspberry Cappucino cake

Sarah made Raspberry Cappuccino cake from the Clandestine cake club celebrations cookbook .

Next events are Sat 24th June  ,  Sat 8th July Carnival cakes 12 -2  , Sun 13th Aug 3 til 5 Bakewell Baking Festival ( bring your receipt ) Sat 23 Sept  3-5 , Sat 21st Oct …watch out for the themes. All ideas for new venues & themes very welcome .

Happy Baking  Karen xx  www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk @fabcoach on Twitter

Best Sheffield Clandestine cake club at Walkley Library
Best Sheffield Clandestine cake club at Walkley Library

Get Creative with Chocolate

At Bread & Roses WI in #Sheffield we love trying new skills. Over 37 Bread and Roses WI members gathered to learn the art of the chocolateer, and how to resist temptation til allowed to taste . Karen, our trainer, is a member of Steel Belles WI in Sheffield & Ravenfield WI in Rotherham. She does it as a hobby following a free WEA course & getting the bug. She then did a full 10 week course with WEA. She likes to help people see how easy it can be. You just need chocolate plus grease proof paper !
Cacao grows in Equatorial climes, changing green to red as ripen. Trees translate as food from the Gods. Beans are roasted to kill bacteria, and made into cocoa paste. White is just pure cocoa butter and sugar.

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Karen ( Not Trainer Karen ) with lolly

So what’s the best way to heat chocolate? Microwave is best as the bowl does not retain heat like a Bain Marie. Melt 3/4 of your Choc, then add rest to cool it down and give it a shine. A silicon spatula is best as no water escapes into Chocolate.

Dark Chocolate is  stable at 32 degrees.  Others at 30 degrees. If you overheat Chocolate it gives a fat bloom , & is not recoverable .
We tried the Belgian chocolate in 3 varieties and also single estate chocolate, which has less sugar .
Aprons on and time to try making a choccy creation.
Templates were provided for flower, pig lollies etc , you trace the design on greaseproof paper , and draw it in chocolate ( not too thick ) #boos from audience . Twirl your stick around in the Choc till it sticks and leave to set.
Pipe the chocolate outline first, leave to set add buttons for eyes . And best side down. Here are some lollies we created .
Next we did Transfers, so easy . Pour or pipe melted chocolate onto the Edible transfer sheets, when set peel it off & the transfer comes off on the chocolate. You use this to make decorations, buttons, name toppers or chocolate collars for cakes or for small desserts .

Get creative with Karen Perkins Career Business Life Coach . Book a free taster session now 07971 881251 . Social media & 1:1 Blogging lessons, with cake available now .

 

Skyline walking in Cressbrookdale, Derbyshire

Only 20 minutes from Sheffield, the #PeakDistrict is a fantastic place to unwind at the weekend. This Sunday we had a walk of 2 parts. First we visited Cressbrookdale to look at the cliffs, crags & birdlife. Beautiful views & wild landscapes. The weather was a little overcast to start with, however as we usually find, if you just get out there & start walking it often improves! We started at Cressbrookdale.

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Walking on the edge Cressbrookdale cliffs Derbyshire
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Thorn bush on Cressbrookdale cliffs
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Cliff edge Cressbrookdale Derbyshire
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Boots #bootieselfie Cressbrookdale Cliff Derbyshire

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Little and large stiles at Wardlow, Derbyshire

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Mossy walls at Wardlow, where the green showing through heralds spring.

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Snowdrops near Wardlow this Spring 2017
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Walls and trees, typical uplifting Derbyshire landscape with the blue sky peeking through.
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Crags at Ravensdale,  Cressbrookdale Derbyshire.

After our first walk we drove to look at the birdlife in Ravensdale, spotting jackdaws & maybe a couple of cronking ravens.

Then off to Curbar Gap, for a coffee & brownie from our favourite Jollys Catering Company & Louis the 2CV van.

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Boots on Baslow Edge Derbyshire 1
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Froggatt Edge from Curbar Edge in Derbyshire today
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Jollys 2017
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Sunset from Longshaw on the way home .

So we had a fantastic day in 2 contrasting place with overcast then bright sunny weather. Another amazing Sunday in Derbyshire, only 20 minutes from Sheffield, no wonder its called The Outdoor City . If you want to improve your work life balance book a free coaching taster or walk with me Karen Perkins! Follow me on Twitter @fabcoach or Instagram @fabcoach.If you are a business in the Peak District , Chesterfield, N Derbyshire or Sheffield join our #Networking events @DalesandPeak .

Have a great week ! Best wishes & happy walking Karen

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Sunset finally complete at Longshaw 

Grab a new Career & CV in 2017 #workshops in S11

Careers & CV Lounge Sessions 2017 with Karen & Rachel

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Book on our fun & info packed 1:1 sessions that will help you

  • Have a great CV & cover letter
  • Find a career or job that suits you
  • Be interview confident
  • Be job ready
  • Ace your jobsearch on & offline

Thursday 26th Jan 11.30 til 2pm  Somewhere Else Coffee Shop Banner Cross S11 8TN

Tuesday 14th Feb 11.30 til 2pm  Somewhere Else Coffee Shop Banner Cross S11 8TN #loveyourjob

Tuesday 7th March 11.30 til 2pm  Somewhere Else Coffee Shop Banner Cross S11 8TN #nationalcareersweek event

Tuesday 25th April 11.30 til 2pm  Somewhere Else Coffee Shop Banner Cross S11 8TN #CV School Holiday Special Booking essential

To book your half hour 1:1 slot please email Karen at coachmekp@gmail.com stating

Name, email, Tel no  & preferred date/ time , any access requirements & we will book you in.

Cost £5 per person payable in advance by BACS or Paypal   T & C apply Can be redeemed against purchase of Coaching / CV packages by Karen Perkins Coaching before 31.3.17

Karen Perkins is a qualified Life Career & Business Coach http://www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk/coaching-testimonials.html

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Cakes made with Tea Sheffield Clandestine cake club

This months event nearly ended in disaster when I turned up at the venue 30 minutes before the event to find that the lovely Tea cafe & deli was shut up & the host had been rushed to hospital. Quick thinking … we nipped across the road to Bessies Cafe, & like you do, enquired if they could help us out with 15 minutes notice. Fantastic business nous …the chef said ‘ Yes’ so our bakers trooped in ! They do lovely latte too. Thanks to Chef Charly & to Tom who was looking after the cafe for Bessie who was on honeymoon.

Here are our cakes on a theme of Tea. As usual we had some stunning tastes, each one different !

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Charly & Tom from Bessies cafe, 984 Abbeydale Road , Sheffield.

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Cherrys Darjeeling Tea cake was gluten free with ground almonds & pear . Darjeeling syrup was infused into the cream filling.

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Ruths Earl Grey & Lavender cake had a butter cream filling made with 2 egg whites made into a meringue & then added to butter. She researched Lavender & found that all varieties are edible .

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My Bara Brith, was from a recipe a the Hairy Bikers mum. It was deep brown, but not burnt. No fat , just fruit soaked overnight in tea & demarera sugar, added to self raising flour & egg , with mixed spice powder.

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Annes Chocolate Chai cake , was made with Vanilla Chai tea, ground almonds & cardamom.

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Danni brought her granni Mary , who had a fabulous time & went home laden with cakey treats ! Danni made a London Fog cake based on a Canadian recipe using Earl Gray Latte. It used earl grey, ground to a powder in the cake. She drizzled an earl grey syrup onto the sponge cake which made it very moist. The filling was lemon curd & fresh cream.

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Ness made a Masala Chai & Earl grey cake from Fiona Cairns book. Fiona made Will & Kates wedding cake. Earl grey teabags infused with spices, cardamom,ginger & milk made a moist sponge. She used fresh root ginger in the tea infusion, ground ginger in the sponge & chopped stem ginger plus its syrup, in the topping.

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Sarah with min helper Violet, made Masala Chai cake from Chetnas book from last years Bakeoff. Ground cloves & chai with whipped cream topping.

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Michelle made deep moist Black Tea cake with Honey Buttercream frosting.

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Stan made a patisserie standard Assam Tea cake , from an American website. He used buttermilk & 7/8ths flour , a mixture of plain flour & 1/8 cornflour, with a creme custard filling. He lightly sprayed the top with edible gold spray.

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Suzy D made a rosewater cake, using melted butter technology & Pollards rose tea, with added edible rose oil for flavour.

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Here are some pictures of the interiors of our cakes !

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Once again massive thanks to Bessies Cafe

Our next Sheffield CCC meeting is Animal crackers Sat 22nd Oct …then 19th Nov & 10th December .

Please contact Karen Perkins with any enquiries

Baking for fun at Bakewell Baking Festival with Sheffield CCC

Thanks to all the Sheffield bakers who baked to a theme  of Cakes for a Bakewell Picnic . We were honoured to be asked to do a cake demo & cake club . Look we are on the list !

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5 bakers plus at least 3 guests baked for us .

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Here are our cakes: Anne baked a Bakewell Thumbprint cake, based on a biscuit recipe with extra egg, 50% ground almond plus lots of lemon juice. Make holes with your thumb & pour in melted jam.
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Jane made a traditional Victoria sponge with a twist. Bramble jelly filling & adding a little icing sugar & gelatin to set the cream to cope with a warm Bakewell day. One sank & one sindged ..but you would never guess it from the picture ..we are clever amateur bakers !!

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Lemon, lime & orange drizzle cake from Karen, again designed to be heatproof for a hot picnic day ! Lots of juice squeezed on before icing.

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Becky used fresh organic raspberries in her Raspberry Bakewell sponge & the taste was well worth it !

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Amy travelled from Barnsley to join us with her Lemon meringue cake with Italian style meringue… sugar syrup & icing sugar, put on with a palette knife , finished off with a blow torch #eek ..delicious !!

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Join us on 17th Sept via www.clandestinecakeclub.co.uk baking Cakes on a theme of Tea
Oct 22nd Animal Crackers cakes . Contact Karen Perkins with any questions via www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk or via @fabcoach on twitter
See you there ! Best wishes Karen