Rotherham women’s confidence network expands

8 February 2016

Julie Hampshire and Joanne Outram. This photo was supplied by Capital B Media, a public relations and media training agency based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. For more information, please visit A new Rotherham network set up to help women build confidence and self-esteem has already expanded with the appointment of an additional group leader.

Girlie Gatherings was registered as a social enterprise in June 2015 by Julie Hampshire, to make life coaching accessible and affordable to all women. Julie, a life coach herself, has since held monthly meetings at Wath-on-Dearne.

Now, Joanne Outrum from Ravenfield has become a licensee and will hold her own Girlie Gatherings in Wickersley.

Joanne said: “I went to a few meetings and found the topics so interesting. As well as subjects relating to personal development the meetings covered alternative interests, such as numerology – all topics that are out there but we don’t know anything about!”

Until about five years ago Joanne ran her own business, but personal circumstances led to her walking away from the business which severely impacted on her own self-confidence.

She said: “When you have been through a difficult period it can be hard to put yourself back out there to meet new people. I had shied away from networking as I had lost that confidence but I found Girlie Gatherings to be something completely different.

“To a certain extent it is networking, but on a very relaxed and more personal level. The meetings helped me regain my confidence and feel more comfortable meeting new people. When Julie started talking about her plans to extend the Girlie Gatherings network at one of the meetings I said I’d love to become a licensee for my area.”

Joanne will host monthly Girlie Gatherings at Wickersley Library, usually on the last Monday of the month. She is currently devising a schedule for the year but plans to cover a variety of topics at the meetings, including ‘alternative interests’, motivation, confidence, styling and colouring.

As well as expanding Girlie Gatherings, Joanne is starting to build up her own business again which will focus on helping women to adapt their attitude towards money.

Joanne said: “Women can have a strange attitude towards money and success. They often put their own blocks on success so I’ll be working with women who run their own business or work from home to help them develop a more positive attitude towards money.”

Julie Hampshire, from Brampton Bierlow, said: “I am delighted to welcome Joanne as the first Girlie Gatherings licensee.

“Having spent much of her career in responsible and influential positions in business, Joanne not only has the professional skills but has experienced challenges in her personal life that put her in an excellent position to motivate and inspire other women.”

While developing the concept of Girlie Gatherings over the last four years Julie has met and teamed up with four other dynamic ladies who have become directors of the business. The aim is to develop and broaden women emotionally, intellectually, physically and spiritually.

Girlie Gatherings recently secured National Lottery funding to put on the ‘Great Girlie Gala’ in Clifton Park on March 12 2016. The public event will be free to attend and will take place 10am to 4pm, followed at 6pm by a sponsored firewalk.

Julie runs monthly meetings at The Dearnesman in Wath-upon-Dearne. Information about meetings run by Julie and Joanne can be found at  

Julie plans to recruit more licensees so the Girlie Gatherings network eventually has events running across the UK.

There will also be an online community, known as ‘Your Confidence Coach Online’ where members can interact and take advantage of online resources such as training and life coaching videos.


Notes to editor

Photograph shows Julie Hampshire (left) and Joanne Outram.

For information about Girlie Gatherings visit or contact Julie Hampshire on 07519 314546.

Girlie Gatherings take place at the The Dearnesman in Wath-upon-Dearne and Wickersley Library on the first and third Monday evenings of each month. The next dates are February 8 2016 in Wath and February 22 2016 in Wickersley from 7pm to 9pm. Attendance is £5 per person, including a tea/coffee and slice of cake. Places can be booked via Eventbrite. 

For £50 per year licensees get their own webpage and advert on the main Girlie Gathering website, marketing and newsletter templates and commission from membership subscriptions and advertising sales. Licensees organise and host at least 12 meetings per year, giving them the opportunity to build connections, share their own story and drive their own business forward through engagement with others.

Additional media contact: Kate Betts at or on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891

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