We would like to congratulate all of the groups that have had fundraising success in recent months. All of your hard work is paying off and providing amazing opportunities for the girls and young women in your groups.
We are very excited and proud to be one of 26 organisations awarded a grant of £5,000 from the 2019 Voices from the Frontline fund. With the help of Warehouse, Aviva, Visa and other donors, Voices from the Frontline supports women’s organisations to shine a light on their fight for gender equality in the UK.
Earlier this year, Projects 4 Change worked with our girls and young women in the North East to understand their problems, worries and concerns. The session revealed that our girls feel worried about a range of issues, including school stress, bullying, their future life, what people think about them, their appearance, social media pressure and “only seeing one type of person”. Even more worryingly, some of the girls said they don’t feel good about themselves, and couldn’t think of a single thing they love about themselves. We listened to everything the girls and young women had to say and put a plan in motion to address some of the issues they are facing.
We worked with the girls and young women to come up with an idea for a campaigning project that addresses pressure on girls and young women to look and act in certain ways and to help them feel more comfortable in themselves and in their bodies. We are so thankful to Rosa and its donors for supporting us to turn this idea into a reality. We want GFS girls and young women to know that they can make a change, they are the change and they can pave the way for other girls and young women.
We will use Rosa’s funding to run the project until August 2020 as a pilot in the North East. We will then look to take everything that is a success from the project and roll it out in other regions. We are currently looking for a Project Coordinator with experience of campaigning to support our North East Development Coordinator, Programme Coordinator and volunteers. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for organising workshops and group sessions that helps the girls explore these issues further and develop skills in getting their voices heard.