Last month I was interviewed for a feature in Premier Woman Alive Magazine about my journey from isolated solo mum to business entrepreneur and the role of faith in my story.

I experienced shame and judgement about my situation when I had my children and felt unsupported by my church.  I felt disappointed with how my life had played out and in time wanted to provide support for women who were experiencing the same issues as me.

“I had to dig deep into myself, identify my strengths and discover my purpose.”

One of the first steps was to enroll on a business start-up course where I learned important skills to successfully set up my social enterprise Young Mums Support Network.

With this new confidence in my abilities, I set up and began to nurture women experiencing the same issues I had. Since then I have collaborated with several high street banks, TFL, PwC, housing associations and Battersea Power Station.  Now I’m supporting young mums as they seek employment or start their own businesses and finding their own paths through the isolation parenthood can sometimes bring.

In the early days, I started a lunch club at my church inviting mums on low incomes to enjoy a freshly cooked meal and socialise with women in similar situations to them.  This is a model that I have replicated with YMSN very successfully and now we’re running other social and creative groups to help foster wellbeing and community.

Looking back on my journey I feel that my experiences trained me up in preparation for my role as a strong, independent businesswoman and my faith has been at my core throughout.

God’s role in this has been to open doors and bolster my resilience which is best illustrated with my favourite scripture –

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
(Philippians 4:13)

Fiona Small

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