Collaboration of family professionals spearheads unique women’s separation seminar

Pictured are Dawn Bates, Vanessa Fox, Polly Ker and Sandra Russell


Collaboration of family professionals spearheads unique women’s separation seminar

A ground-breaking separation seminar entitled ‘Separating with Style’ aims to empower, re-energise and refocus women who are undergoing a traumatic separation or divorce.

Believed to be the first event of its kind, the free of charge session at The Showroom in Sheffield on November 23, has been devised by a collaboration of four leading professional advisors who have themselves experienced distressing family issues. 

The presenters are life coach, Dawn Bates; partner and head of hlw Keeble Hawson’s family law department, Vanessa Fox; mortgage and protection advisor, Polly Ker from Optimum Financial Solutions – and Sandra Russell, partner and head of the family law team at Graysons Solicitors. They jointly combine seventy years of expertise in their respective fields. 

The seminar, which runs from 6.30pm-8.30pm, will equip attendees with tips and techniques to transform negative emotions such as being scared, ashamed and helpless – into feeling independent, proud and empowered.

The seminar will also signpost the audience to a variety of organisations and professionals that can represent women and provide practical and financial advice on key issues such as securing the best legal processes to ensure a fair settlement; new living arrangements and relocation; how to structure finances – and the impact of separation on careers.

Vanessa Fox said: “Our collaboration has been borne from a collective passion and desire to help women in this situation – many of whom are understandably unable to process the seismic event and who need access to vital sources of emotional, legal and financial support.”

Dawn Bates said: “All four of us have had first-hand experience of relationship problems, we are all fighters and living proof that where there’s a will, there’s a way. And it’s this attitude, combined with our backgrounds in business/personal coaching, law and finance that make us the ideal hosts for such an event.”

Sandra Russell said: “The breakdown of a relationship should never define who you are, but it can be a defining point in your life. Our aim is to open women’s eyes to the world of possibilities that exist beyond divorce or separation and motivate them to take action and create a plan for their future that promotes feelings of independence, pride and empowerment.”

A question and answer session will follow the presentations and attendees will have the opportunity to discuss specific issues on a one-to-one basis with all speakers.

Polly Ker said: “The session is also open to women who work with those affected by separation such as doctors, therapists, social service workers, and family law firms who are welcome to attend, contribute and learn more about how divorce affects their patients and clients and what they can do to help them to take action with a more positive outlook.”


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