Sarah confident of award victory

NOMINATION: Sarah Goodall

SARAH GOODALL has been among the awards before.

But this time, it will mean something more for the Lancashire entrepreneur after a trying time.

Sarah, who has received a training and coaching nomination at the Enterprise Vision Awards, lost her mother, Ros Carlick, and aunt, Maxine, in the past 17 months.

"It has been an extremely tough year, so to win would be a lovely highlight," the 40-year-old said.

"I am really confident I am going to win."

Clitheroe-based Sarah won best business start-up 2010 at the North West Women in Business Awards, Blackburn College's New Employer of the Year Award 2010 and at the Extraordinary Women Awards 2011.

She was also a finalist in the businesswoman of the year category at the 2012 EVA Awards and a finalist at the IoD North West Director of the Year Awards in the Lancashire Young Director category the previous year.

Sarah, who was raised in Sunnybank, will be at the EVA ceremony in Blackpool on September 26 to see if she will pick up another gong.

A former social worker, she set up The Athena Programme in 2007 in a bedroom in her house.

The training and consultancy company specialises in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, such as those with a mental or physical disability and the elderly.

The former King David High School pupil read social work and criminal justice at Lancaster University, before embarking on a Masters in arts health at the University of Central Lancashire, in Preston.

Sarah, who is mother to four-year-old Ella-Rose, began her social work career as a home carer for Manchester Social Services.

But after taking her Masters, she decided to mix her social work experience and creativity.

Sarah is currently studying for a PhD in safeguarding children and the use of technology at Lancaster University.

She said: "The use of technology has disadvantages, of course, for children, but there are also positives as well, as it gives children a voice."

Her father, Ellis Carlick, lives in Whitefield.

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