We support girls and young women through the difficult transition from childhood and adolescence to young adulthood by providing opportunities for enjoyment and developing confidence, self-esteem, emotional wellbeing and resilience to enable them to fulfil their potential and live as independent women.

Our staff and national network of more than 130 volunteers deliver a variety of activities, services and support to girls and young women in a safe, single gender, non-judgmental environment throughout England and Wales.

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 content covers a range of topics tailored to 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.

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 team help coordinate the services delivered to our girls and young women throughout the organisation.

Facts and FAQs

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.