GFS Chester-le-Street off to a flying start

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On Monday 13 January, more than 20 local girls aged nine and up attend the launch of an exciting new youth club in Chester-le-Street.  

Based in Bullion Hall, the volunteer-run group was overwhelmed by the popularity of the group. Helen Morrell, North East Development Coordinator and GFS Chester-le-Street Group Leader, said: 

“We were shocked and delighted to see so many girls from the local community at the launch. Since then, word has spread and we are seeing more and more girls signing up for the group. It’s clear that girls and young women in the local area were sorely in need of somewhere welcoming that they could meet.  

As the weeks go by, we hope to be a safe space where the girls can talk openly and freely about their lives and be inspired to develop their own confidence and goals for their future.” 

The event had the support of a number of key local organisations, including funding from the County Durham Community Foundation and support from Bullion Hall Community Resource Centre. Belinda Lowis, Centre Manager said: 

“It’s great to partner with a national organisation like GFS to offer something new and different to girls in Chester-le-Street. We are thrilled to welcome new families to the centre.” 

The group has been so popular that just two weeks in, they we operating a waiting list of more than 10 girls. To ensure that as many girls as possible can benefit from this opportunity, GFS is seeking more women volunteers to join the group. Giving between two and three hours a week would allow another six girls to benefit from what the group has to offer.  

If you’re feeling inspired to make a difference for girls living in and around Chester-le-Street, find out more about volunteering at www.girlsfriendlysociety.org.uk/volunteer-chester-le-street 

GFS Chester-le-Street 

Session time: Every Monday 6-7.30pm during term time. 

Venue address: Bullion Hall Community Centra, South Approach, Chester-le-Street, DH2 2ES 

About GFS: GFS works with volunteers to run weekly social groups for girls. Sessions are made up of a range of activities that offer girls the chance to play, be creative, get active, develop skills, be part of their community and build self-esteem. The single gender nature of the groups makes them a safe place for girls to explore new ideas and try new things. 

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