Audrey Brown hails from Tallaght, Dublin 24 and is a past participant of Webnet+. Audrey is the proud owner of Bobbins and Robins which specialises in high quality, bespoke handmade and personalised gifts. Each piece is truly unique and individual and is made to be cherished for a lifetime. The range currently consists of dolls, memory bears and cushions. All of the handmade personalised gifts are made with love and kindness. The Stress Dolls are inspired by Audrey’s own role as a carer to her son who has autism. You can find out more about Audrey and her business on Instagram @bobbinsandrobins and Facebook – bobbins and robins. You can also catch up with Audrey on www.bobbinsandrobins.ie.
“In March 2021 I signed up to Webnet+ just a couple of weeks after losing my Dad to Covid. I was really anxious about starting it with so much going on personally, but I knew my Dad would have been my biggest supporter and I took the leap into it. I am so glad I did. Right from that first morning I found the ladies on the course were a huge support to me and so encouraging. It was great in a sense that while everything was in a lockdown situation, I was meeting up with ladies online who shared my desire to run their own businesses. I always had the desire but yet I was never brave enough to actually start. The two component QQI certificates are something I would never have achieved on my own but now I am the proud owner of two QQI awards in Career Planning and Start Your Own Business, all achieved during lockdown.
Five months since completing the programme I am very happy to say that my business is growing from strength to strength. My memory keepsake gifts are very special whether it be for a baby’s first baby grow, a 6th year student’s last school uniform or anything that holds a cherished memory. Having lost both my Mam and Dad, I can relate to others that are going through grief and help them by making something special for them to cherish.
Webnet+ gave me knowledge, encouragement, and friendships and I would recommend anyone on the verge of taking that step to just go for it and don’t think twice, you won’t regret it”.
Have you ever wanted to work for yourself? Maybe you have an idea that you’d like to turn into a business? If so, we really want to hear from you!
WEBNET+ is initiative of Partas CLG, and is co-funded by the Irish Government under the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020, which means that participation is FREE.
Due to current restrictions the training is currently delivered online on the Zoom platform. Please don’t be put off by this, this is still a great opportunity to meet like-minded women, and share experiences, all under the guidance of highly skilled tutors. It consists of 18 weeks, one morning a week from 10am – 1pm. Along the way there are two QQI accredited training awards in Career Planning (Level 4) and Start your own Business (Level 5). You will also be part of a network consisting of all the women who have participated in any WEBNET+ programme.
The FINAL programme will start on Tuesday 1 February 2022. Places are limited, so if you are interested in applying please call Noreen Keegan Kavanagh on 01 4685300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (citing WEBNET+).
Success is in your hands – If you dream it, you can do it!