When the door of opportunity flies open

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain”

My name is Lynda, proud owner of ‘Raindancers Child and Family Mentoring’. This wonderful, inspirational quote summarises my attitude to life, having overcome my own personal storms throughout the years. It gave me the concept of launching Raindancers. With a passion to help others achieve the same and in particular, children and families.

Prior to motherhood, my career focused on the welfare of families and children specialising in Social Services and Child Protection. Then in my mid 30’s and following the arrival of my two lovely (well, most of the time!) boys, my focus expanded to include nurturing and development roles within Pre-School Management.

Whilst the boys were still young I was diagnosed with M.E. and this impacted all areas of my life, including my ability to work and sadly the breakdown of my marriage. However, over the years I’ve learnt to manage the condition and re-establish myself, both at work and within the wider community.

My Christian faith, giving me stability, belief and drive to overcome the storms we all face in life also played a fundamental part in my recovery and has always been at the very core of who I am.

Now 50, with a career in Pastoral Care and Mentoring (‘Ofsted Outstanding’), along with many years working in Special Educational Needs a rapid change in my work situation was taking place. I was now questioning what to do next?

An advert for The Ultimate Business Course came up on Facebook, posted by my friend Lizzie George from Create on the Square. Intrigued, I spoke with Lizzie to hear it was an intense, full-time three-week course. My heart sank…M.E and full-time, do not mix! Lizzie, however, was quick to point out that infact the course would run from 9am until 2.30pm, the extra time would be for home study.

There it was. The door of opportunity flying wide open! Ten minutes later the last available place was mine and I was set for the following Monday.

I had a few ideas, of how I could turn my thoughts into a business but certainly not the wherewithal. The following three weeks were truly amazing, if not exhausting. But that didn’t matter. By day two my domain name raindancers.co.uk had been purchased and over the following days, taking a massive step of faith, pulling together my experience and expertise Raindancers Child and Family Mentoring had been born.

Angela De Souza, with the help of Betaris Training had graciously given The Ultimate Business Course to myself, and fellow learners, for free.

The extensive course covered everything you needed to know, not only about starting a business but growing, maintaining and loving your business. Angela’s expertise and passion for business is exuberant and catching and I can’t thank her enough for what she has imparted and inspired.

So back to Raindancers.

You will recall at the top of this article I started with the beautiful quote about ‘dancing in the rain’ and this indeed underpins everything we do within Raindancers. We delight in seeing children living to their full potential, instilling the knowledge that they are loved and full of purpose.

Our aim is to highlight their talents (that each child has) and to encourage and nurture self-worth, build resilience and remove any barriers to their learning, whatever that may be.

We work with compassion and understanding alongside laughter and fun. (There’s always fun!) and maybe a few tears but tissues are always at the ready! We will individually tailor sessions to bring out the very best in the children (and adults) that we see. And knowing that many things at home or school can feel like storms, we aim to overcome those storms and learn to dance, figuratively speaking, albeit a little jig never goes amiss!

We have also started a new initiative; The Parenting Perspective Course which we believe is inspirational, thought-provoking, life-changing, soul restoring and family loving.

The exciting new 2 hourly, 6-week course can be geared to whatever stage of parenting you are at, whether that’s just a ‘twinkle in the eye’ or pre-school and beyond.

Raindancers also offers:

School Interventions
Hand Writing Skills
PSHE classes. Private groups or within school
Parent Advocacy
1:1 Mentoring
Group Mentoring
Support with Family Difficulties
Help with wide range of Mental Health Issues
Parenting Courses
Parent / Carer Consultations both in person or via the internet worldwide
And very good coffee!!

As you can see from that tiny seed of inspiration something beautiful is taking place.

So remember; life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain.

If I can be of help in anyway please do get in touch.

Lynda Taverner 


[email protected] 


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