The workshops and a self-care workbook are funded by profits from the sale of ‘Empowerment Pants’ - superheroine-themed underwear targeted at the 16-35 market.
Director Sylvia Douglas was first awarded a small £500 grant at a Firstport event to run a pilot of three workshops. A Start It award then provided start-up costs, including website and legal set-up to develop the idea further. Following successful growth, a Build It award enabled her to pursue the enterprise full-time.
Sylvia was accepted onto Round 2 of LaunchMe in 2015 - a programme for ambitious, social enterprise start-ups to scale and increase their social impact.
Thanks to LaunchMe investment, Sylvia has opened a hub in north Glasgow to provide support services and community activities to women and girls with poor self care and low self esteem issues. It also enabled her to employ 2 full-time staff and a sessional worker and publish their girls’ self awareness workbooks with a view to training and licensing other organisations to deliver the programme.
Sylvia said: “I want to empower change at a community level. Our vision for MsMissMrs is to become a focal point within the community of North Glasgow to provide community services and support services to women and girls who have poor self care and low self esteem issues.”