about the balance collective

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.  – Thomas Merton

The Balance Collective is a social enterprise, focused on improving the lives of parents. We all need balance in our lives – for our health, for our happiness and for our families.

If you feel caught on a treadmill of rushing between work and children, if you are full of guilt over never being able in the right place or never having enough time, or if you feel forced into a low paid or unsatisfying job just to manage both, then The Balance Collective is the right place for you.

The Balance Collective aims to enable parents to make the choices that are right for your family – whether that’s

  • Going back to work
  • Working flexible hours
  • Changing career or setting up your own business
  • Or even leaving work completely.

I launched The Balance Collective to work towards reducing parental unemployment by giving you the skills, the tools and the confidence to tackle your career fears and to ultimately gain a work-life balance.

Over time The Balance Collective has evolved, along with the needs of my clients, into a supportive learning space for parents. Ultimately I aim to have grants that offer mums returning to work the chance to retrain and upskill, and I’m proud to say that other coaching specialists across the country are collaborating with me towards a mutual goal – empowering parents to find satisfying careers. Just watch this space …

a closer look at how the collective can help.

a case study – how much can you achieve?

The situation: K had seen a job she really wanted, but didn’t feel she was ready to take the step up.

The coaching: During a 90 minute career review, Clara helped K look back at her career and discover the parts she really enjoyed, and identify areas she didn’t. Then they considered ways to apply this to the job she had seen, and whether it would be the right fit.

The result: K said: “The CV feedback and career coaching session with Clara made me see my experience in a new light. I realised I was underselling myself and I am capable of so much more. I was offered the job that we worked on during my Career Boost and I couldn’t be happier!”

about me

If people were to describe me, they might say ‘kind or ‘determined’ or even ‘inspiring’ – something I am both proud and embarrassed about.

But one thing they will definitely tell you is that I am straight talking. I love working with parents, and there is no greater moment than seeing a client make the connection between building their confidence and taking the steps they want to take – but I do it with honest and practical coaching.

I’ve spent 15 years working in recruitment, 9 of those working in a not-for-profit role, which has been one of the greatest influencers on my decision to launch The Balance Collective and to make a difference in people’s lives.

Taking that first step into self-employment was possibly one of the most challenging things I’ve done – on a par with designing and delivering my first ever training session – but it’s something I am truly passionate about.

As a working parent myself I’ve been lucky enough to work for supportive organisations that believe in the benefits of flexible working, but I’ve seen so many mums find their choices are limited. Having children often affects our careers, and has a knock on effect on our confidence and happiness. But it shouldn’t have to.

I know that focused coaching can give you back the confidence and skills to take control and find your balance – as long as you are honest in what you want to achieve and are willing to put the work in.

Whether that’s purely from a functional point of view, working with your CV skills, drafting flexible working agreements and practising your interview techniques, or from a more in depth look at what you really want, and then coaching you to achieve it, I can’t wait to get started.

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