We believe that every girl and young woman has the potential to achieve anything. Our mission is to help them fulfil that potential by providing a supportive and fun place for girls to meet friends, learn more about themselves and grow in confidence.

We support volunteers throughout England and Wales in running weekly girls-only groups with a programme of activities that will help girls and young women develop the confidence, self-esteem, emotional wellbeing and resilience they need to be the truest, happiest versions of themselves, no matter what life throws at them.

Although GFS is not a religious organisation, some of our groups include elements of faith. GFS was established in 1875 with the support of the Anglican Church. Our values and motto “bear one another’s burdens” are still informed by our Christian heritage today.

Our vision

Discover our strategy for the next three years and beyond.

Our programme

Our programme focuses on six key areas tailored to developing girls and young women from the age of five to 25.

Our impact

Find out how our work has an impact on girls and young women across England and Wales.

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Our History

Established in 1875, Girls Friendly Society is one of the oldest UK registered charities working to support girls and young women.

Meet the team

Working together with our volunteer network, our trustee board and staff help coordinate the services delivered to our girls and young women throughout the organisation.


Find answers to frequently asked questions including how and why we support girls and young women, our programme, safeguarding and more.

Our locations

The number of our groups all over England and Wales is increasing. Find out information about your local group.