Welcome to another edition of my 5 minutes with … interviews. This time, I had the pleasure of speaking with Glena McDowell , from For You in Dungannon.
I had the privilege of getting to know Glena throughout the Covid Pandemic when I saw the sterling work that she was doing in the local community to help others in need. She is a force to be reckoned with and has a heart of gold. Read all about what she has been getting up to and the exciting new venture that she has recently launched in Dungannon.
This is the latest blog post in my series featuring local businesses in the area. Hope you enjoy reading and feel free to share …
Tell me all about ‘For You’
For You is a Social Enterprise providing families in Dungannon and surround areas with affordable household items and clothing. Money generated goes towards delivering workshops promoting positive mental health in our community.
I was unhappy with so much in my career path that I wanted to set up the social enterprise and charity to support people. To really make a difference in the community. We sell pre-loved items to people and deliver activities to support positive mental health
Tell me all about Life during Lockdown – how you were able to help the local community and what support you received
From the first day of lock down, it never occurred to me to close the door and go home. I wanted to continue to provide support, be it different to what I was doing. With the help of the general public, businesses, shops and community groups we were able to get out 6000 prepared meals and 140 food parcels to the most at risk. I am so proud of what we achieved. Such an amazing project to be a part of
What are you most passionate about in life?
Life itself. Love, caring and making a positive difference in other people’s lives
Tell me about Glena & what makes you tick?
A purpose. Knowing what I do is welcomed and valued.
What’s your favourite part about running your own business?
Doing it my way!
Tell me about For You 2 – what services do you offer and plans for the future?
We have just opened the new social enterprise, For You 2. It’s a salon for hair, beauty and holistic treatments. All the help you need to look good and feel good. It’s such an amazing enterprise. People coming on board once again to support their community. We really do have the best people ever!
How do you achieve a work / life balance?
Honestly … I don’t. Fail miserably on this on
What type of person do you think should be an entrepreneur?
Someone that’s willing to take risks. See the opportunities. Not the obstacles. Someone that’s prepared to be a go getter
What is your favourite way to relax?
What do you love most about your work?
The people. The engagement. The fun and getting the feed back that we have bettered that persons life
What book do you think everyone should read & why?
The Secret! We all possess what we need to get what we want
Who would play you in a movie?
Myself! Don’t think I’d trust anyone to do it right lol
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
More extrovert. I like being out there but for the right reasons
What would the title of your autobiography be?
Told you I was sick!
Mantra that you live by?
If I can make life that little bit easier for one person each day, I’m winning
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