Girls' Group

Our Girls’ Group, started in 2017, is for young women aged 13-18 living in the Feltham area who would benefit from group and peer support. The Group provides the girls with the opportunity to meet, have fun, learn skills, look at issues relevant their lives, and build confidence in a safe and supportive environment. The group is led by Siobhan Donoghue and has been supported by the Harlequins Foundation in the past twelve months.

Mission

Our mission is to truly empower local young women, to give them the opportunity to take a lead and take responsibility for the project, which will informally educate them on how to:

  • Continuously develop and strengthen their self-worth through personal development opportunities which focus on self-esteem and achieving personal goals
  • Make valuable and responsible choices which will ensure they keep themselves safe and divert from risky behaviours which can have consequences on their health and well-being
  • Look after their mental health and overall well-being through physical activities, 1-1 support to discuss personal challenges/difficulties, creating an action plan to overcome them and exploring different techniques and methods which will help lower stress and anxiety
  • Be content and happy in their own skin through workshops which focus on building self-worth, character building and taking part in voluntary work within the community to build their sense of achievement and compassion for others.

Highlights and Future Plans

In 2018 the group ran a highly successful event to celebrate International Women’s Day. The event offered talks from inspirational women, creative and well-being workshops and performances from local young people.

The members play a lead roles across the group and their community. We now have a Committee who make decisions about the project and play a key role in being the voice of young people and expressing the needs of the community. The group have also ran lessons for pupils at Reach Academy in issues around domestic violence, unhealthy relationships and diversity.

Partnership work with London Youth and Hounslow Action for Youth allowed us to go on a residential with 5 young women to offer a Sports Leadership qualification. On their return, they delivered a pitch for funding to a panel of funding judges. The judges were very impressed and awarded them with the £500 to be able to deliver their idea of providing sports sessions to local young people aged 10-14. 

Thanks to:

NSPCC - Anna

 

Women & Girls Network - Nicole and Tia

Hounslow Learning to Respect Team  
Hounslow Action for Youth - Danielle Hutchinson

London Youth

Project 507 - Whitney Iles

Cllr Candice Atterton  
Harlequins Foundation