Introducing Lois Naylor who runs The Creation Station Wakefield and loves the dynamic range of work her business allows her to do.
"When I applied to run my Creation Station franchise 18 months ago, it was all a very methodical, practical process and choice.Lois Naylor inspires imaginations in Wakefield
I had no idea about arts and crafts and the benefits it had for children, and I approached the business purely from the perspective of ‘How will I benefit?’ Oh, how things have changed!
I have learnt the absolute joy children and carers can get from working together, and seen first hand the creativity spring from children who have been considered ‘past help’ by parents and professionals.
I have worked with local Community Interest Companies, to deliver The Creation Station to people who can’t afford the sessions – I do this for no financial benefit, and have raised just over £500 for various charities. I am working with the Wakefield Hospice this Easter for a full weekend providing a respite Craft tent for the families and children of Hospice patients. All services provided free of charge to everyone; any donations go straight to the Hospice, and I never thought I’d say this…but I love making a difference
I have learnt an enormous amount about myself, and the positive effect I can have in a young families’ lives, especially the children. When I received my first ‘Thank you’ card, I didn’t understand why they were giving it to me; after all, it was just my job!
I have since realised that it is not ‘just my job’, but with the help of Creative Hub and all the amazing session plans, I am actually helping to inspire parents, grandparents, children, to develop together and in some cases, get to know each other.
I have tried really hard to be involved with the network as much as possible; for example being a member of the Franchise Advisory Council. This involvement has been a key player in the development of my self confidence with Creation Station, and the feeling of being valued by Creative Hub has had a massive effect on how I run my sessions. I believe in what I am delivering, because you develop with us. We are all striving for the same thing, and to have that support from the Hub is invaluable.
It has been an amazing journey of discovery for me, and has inspired me to believe in myself as a good person – someone who can pass this positive energy on to families and encourage them to inspire themselves……..I’ve even become a little bit creative in the process!!"
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I wanted to have the freedom of choosing my work hours to fit around family life. I knew I wanted to work with children and be my own boss.
Running my own Franchiseising with a nationwide brand that shared my family and personal values was the obvious choice for me.
Jackie wanted to ensure she had time with her pre-school children but wanted to steadily build a rewarding business that could grow further when they started school.
Lavinia decided she didn’t want to work for someone else but didn’t want to start a business from scratch.
Lucy wanted to give something back to her community and found the values of The Creation Station could help her achieve a fulfilling and rewarding business opportunity.
Following the birth of her twins, Hayley Sugden wanted to go back to work and The Creation Station franchise provided everything she wanted.
I've bought my franchise from a lady, who has been running it for 18 month at the time and I am now in my 3rd year and am LOVING it!Alexia Ispani
Who wouldn't love the flexibility of this business! I have been running my franchise for just over four years now and I can honestly say it has ticked all of the boxes I had set down from the beginning with making sure the work/life balance fit in around my family.Penny Gilbert
I have been running my Creation Station franchise since March 2013 and I can honestly say they have been the most fun filled happy months in employment I have ever had.Kirsty Hickson
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