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.


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.

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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 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

Rachel Vincent is a freelance CV writer, Editor & copywriter & associate of Karen Perkins Coaching

Enter the Women in Innovation awards

Launching the infocus Awards for Women In Innovation

Innovate UK wants to identify and nurture the next generation of brilliant innovators. Women are under-represented in the field of innovation, and that needs to change.

It means as a nation we’re failing to harness, capitalise on and celebrate the entrepreneurial talent of female innovators to the detriment of our economy. Boosting female entrepreneurship could deliver approximately £60bn extra to the UK economy.

So theyprima  1’re launching a special award for women working in innovation, and that’s where you come in.

What are the infocus Awards?

The infocus Awards will celebrate and reward women working across 4 key sectors – Materials & Manufacturing, Health & Life Sciences, Infrastructure Systems, Emerging & Enabling Technologies.

Twelve women will benefit from a valuable tailor-made package of support and four of these will each receive a £50,000 grant to get her brilliant idea up and running.

Could it be you? Could it be someone you work with? Who do you know who could fly the flag for women in innovation?

Help us spread the word

Women in innovation – the UK economy needs you! Are you who we’re looking for? Do you work with someone who’s just right for this award? Please spread the word, and let’s get more women in.
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Volunteer For 2017 Special Olympics GB National Summer Games in #Sheffield

Legends Currie & Hurst Kick-off Volunteer Search For 2017 Special Olympics GB National Summer Games

image005Sheffield football legends Tony Currie & David Hirst, together with The Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor of Sheffield, have officially launched the ‘Volunteers Programme’ for Special Olympics GB’s National Games. The Games will be held in Sheffield in August 2017.

Currie, Hirst and the Sheffield Mayors became the first of the National Games Volunteers to sign up and get involved – something available to all members of the public!

In the region of 750 volunteers are required to ensure the successful running of the Games and Special Olympics GB is hoping this launch will encourage individuals, businesses and their employees to come forward and get involved.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering at the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games or you would like to complete the online registration, please visit our website

Special Olympics GB is thrilled to have long-term supporter, Coca-Cola Enterprises, backing the Volunteers Programme at the 2017 National Games.

Special Olympics GB is the largest registered charity providing year round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities.

The National Summer Games will open on Monday 7th August, with an opening ceremony the following day and competition will continue until Friday 11th August 2017‏. In the region of 2,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities will take part in 19 sports events.

It is the showpiece event every four years for the organisation and its athletes. Almost 1.5 million people in the UK (2% of the population) have an intellectual disability.

Special Olympics GB Games Volunteer Ambassador and Sheffield United legend Tony Currie, said: “Being so associated with Sheffield, I am delighted to support the 2017 National Summer Games being held in the city.”

Sheffield Wednesday hero and one of the first volunteers to sign up, David Hirst, commented: “Special Olympics GB athletes are heading to these Games with great dreams and I am thrilled to play a small part in supporting this great event.”

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Julian Hunt, Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications at Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) GB, commented: “This really is an event where everyone can get involved and at CCE we are thrilled to be supporting Special Olympics GB’s National Summer Games of 2017. This is the largest disability sports event of 2017, entry to the sports is free to the public and will provide great memories for athletes, families and volunteers alike.”

Karen Wallin, Special Olympics GB’s CEO, said: “Volunteers will create a backdrop of energy and enthusiasm to fuel the National Games in Sheffield from start to finish.

“I am sure our 2017 Volunteers will create a spirit and atmosphere that will encourage all of our athletes to compete and achieve their potential and personal best.

“The Special Olympics GB 2017 National Summer Games will be the largest multi-sport event in the country in the year with over 2,500 athletes with an intellectual disability travelling to the City of Sheffield to compete in 19 different sports. They will be supported by around 800 coaches and assistants.

“It will be a very special games and another opportunity for volunteers to come together as one team with one goal.

“This is a unique sporting event where volunteers play an integral role in the planning, preparation, staging and success of the Games.

“To achieve this goal, Special Olympics GB needs volunteers for catering, accommodation, administration, transport, logistics, photography, hospitality, athlete entertainment, stewarding, information, merchandising, volunteer liaison and communication.

“Of course, volunteers will also be required for the field of play to support our competition managers and officials.

“From today we will be actively recruiting a team of 750 volunteers for the five day period of the Games and are very excited at the prospect of welcoming new volunteers to Special Olympics GB from all sections of the community.”

If you would like to find out more about volunteering at the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games or you would like to complete the online registration, please visit our website

Free Career change & CV workshop 9.3.16

To celebrate National Careers week , Sheffield #NCW2016 Ambassadors Karen Perkins ( Business, Career, Life Coach) & Rachel Vincent ( CV & Editorial Guru ) are offering free taster sessions at Somewhere Else Cafe 965 Ecclesall Rd S11 8TN at Banner Cross . 10.30 till 12.00. on Wednesday 9th March 2016.
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Booking essential, Bring a CV, your career dilemmas & tell a Friend  Or just drop in. buy a coffee & come upstairs for a chat. Book via . We will give you a time slot so you can plan your day !
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Make major changes one at a time !

Over the holidays many of us have been sharing our experiences of change and opportunities brought by retirement be it early or via redundancy. It’s an exciting time , but my greatest learning has been to manage the big changes one by one , so not changing job & moving house at the same time , choosing each change in order & being kind to yourself by not piling on extra pressure. Having a coach or buddy to help motivate is brilliant as is keeping a diary or log of your goals , progress & importantly how you FELT along the way. imageEach day , week and month, go back & re visit your achievements. I recommend an annual review of life or business  followed by goal setting for the year ! It’s very motivating to see what you have achieved. Another tip ..go back over your year of photos and surprise yourself with what you actually did. Coaching tasters available via

Happy 2016 from Karen .

Career & CV Drop In on Jan 14th & Feb 16th 2016 @somewhereelsec with @fabcoach

Empty Nesters …Take Control of your life again..once you’ve congratulated yourself on a Job well done. Now’s the time to spoil yourself and pat your self on the back for a ‘job very well done ‘ in launching your offspring out into the world of value spaghetti and pot noodles plus the odd lecture, says Karen Perkins.

Karen Perkins is a business and life coach who created Sheffield’s first and only Empty Nesters Club three years ago. This year she has also become an empty nester herself.

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“My daughter is now 19 and last year she finished her A levels. Luckily for me last year she decided to do graphic design business from my sofa, and have a gap yearand get a job to fund travelling, before leaving home. So I am facing the empty nest feeling myself this year. My son left a couple of years ago, and is enjoying Leeds Beckett Uni . We keep seamlessly in touch by Skype!  Last year I joked about this with my friends whose kids were ‘really ‘ leaving for Uni last September but soon stopped joking and listened to what they had to say. There was a real mixture of sadness at the end or an era, trepidation for their kids going out into the world with a bump from their cosy 6th form existence! Kids these days have a much more ‘friends’ relationship with their parent/s so compared to when i went to Uni ,and I could not wait to leave ,and my parent just saw it as a stage of life , nowadays there seems to be more of a wrench ! That is until they arrive back for weekends with their washing and to raid the fridge! So mixed emotions …guilt at feeling glad and liberated that they have gone …a new phase of life both for couples and single parents! Some couples fearing being left alone to face reality, others planning exciting new adventures. As one of my friends said ‘I know exactly which mountain I am going to go climbing on with my partner when our last teenager leaves home !’ Lucky her !

I spoke to a friend who said she had spent the first few weeks after her last child had gone to college, arriving back from work and bursting into tears in the kitchen. She really missed her  daughter and I could see it still upset her, though she was very proud too.

I have to report that my daughter sailed off into the Leeds Social scene… I gave a her a leaving pressie of 4 tickets to gigs in Leeds to help her student budget! I miss her but I am enjoying luxuriating in a tidy house and healthy meals again! I feel like it’s a new enjoy her tales of Uni, but to grow my Coaching and Social media business. It’s an exciting phase for both me and my offspring!

That is the only time being a single parent actually helps you…as you are used to the kids spending time away from you on a regular basis, so it’s a bit like more of that .

Some people plan ahead for this new phase, others don’t until it hits them. I realised my teens were using me more as a resident chef, cashpoint and taxi driver, so that was why I started  my life, career and social media coaching business ,which I could fit around school, part time job and helping them with homework, applications etc. I am lucky as I have had a transition period, so have  planned some activities ‘just for me ‘ now the last one has finally left !

Many people have older relatives and need time to adjust to no-one at home to avoid transferring their caring role on to them straight from their teenagers! There are other issues that need help. Financial worries for example…many parents lose their tax credits and child benefit, and have to subsidise their offspring at college or apprenticeship.  So they may need to be creative about making the most of their new freedoms! Some may feel depressed as relationship difficulties rear their head once the kids have moved on.

Learning how to spoil yourself, and plan things to do so as not to waste that fantastic 10-15 years from when they leave til retirement is an aim of the Empty Nesters club   !! I do not want to waste a second ! That’s why we set up the Empty Nesters Club …to help people to do just that. We went on Radio Sheffield to talk about it with @fayefork & Rotherham Hospice .

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Paula Hill emptynesters radio

We wanted to share our experiences about setting up businesses, having a great work life balance and looking after yourself. I have met so many women through my networking that have set up as their kids got older and left home… i have also met  people who are worried about the job situation at the moment ,and may be looking for a chance to change direction ,now they are empty nesters ..and have much more time to fill. Having a regular walking/networking /business  building empowering session with others will hopefully help people to make the most of the opportunities being an empty nester brings…without the guilt !

I have organised a Free Drop In Careers and CV workshops for EmptyNesters  with careers guidance  from experts . The next ones are Thurs Jan 14th & Tues Feb 16th at Somewhere Else café , Sheffield S11.  10.30 til 12.30 .

We wanted to help people reach their potential after having a pampering session ‘just for them ‘ to have a bit of TLC and come to terms with their kids leaving home .Now your kids have left home for college or Uni , its time to cheer yourself up,calm yourself down and plan a brilliant new era !

Come and be pampered at our coffee meet ups, Bake-offs,  Speed Datewalks and Empty Nester events  with   TLC Lifecoaching tasters and for those embarking on a new venture with all that time a CV / Career makeover .

Come and meet us, treat yourself to a latte and salty choc millionaires slice  at Somewhere Else Cafe  on Ecclesall Rd . ( @somewhereelsec on Twitter ) Tel Karen on 07971 881251 to book a place  . Or via<>

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