Young Women

 

The Young Women’s Project which has become fondly know as Girlz Only is now in it’s fourth year of funding from BBC Children In Need. Although the project has changed and evolved, the ethos remains the same and we strive to;

  • Work with girls and young women between the ages of 10 and 18 to find their voices in relation to their life experiences, support others through Peer Mentoring and influence practice and policy locally in relation to children and young people.
  • Work with girls and young women who have experienced violence and abuse to help them identify their own strengths and skills and to build their confidence so that they are enabled to reach their true potential. This includes the witnessing of abuse within the family home or within their own intimate relationships.

 

  • Work with young women in abusive relationships to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse and encourage one to one support to help them escape from and recover from domestic abuse.

We take self-referrals as well as referrals from family, friends and professionals. We will meet to offer support in a place and at a time where the young woman feels safe and comfortable, this may be at school/college, at a youth centre or a children’s centre. We can help with advice and information or provide longer term planned work. We aim to improve safety, raise self-esteem and aspirations and reduce risk. If a young woman does not feel confident, we can advocate on her behalf as well as referring on to other projects and agencies if needed.

A 15-year-old girl said “since I’ve started working with the project, things have got better. She helped me understand and make sense of what has happened in the past. She lets me lead the session and say what I need to say”

 

Another 15-year-old girl said that the sessions “built up her confidence more than anything”.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, you can contact us on the number or email below. It may be that you know someone who can no longer see her friends and is told what to wear. She may have her social media checked and be frightened.

Email: Claire.hodgson@purplehouse.co.uk

Call/text:     07854 471667/01482 790310

Whats App: 07854 471667

The Girlz Only Project provides a safe space for girls aged 10-16 on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30pm-6:30pm. These sessions are held at the centre during term time and school holidays. The sessions are “young women led” which means the participants get to decide on the activities that they do. These include pamper nights, cooking, baking, games, talent shows and arts and crafts.

For more information please contact staci.walker@purplehouse.co.uk or call/text 07854 4716671667

The Girlz Only Project also provides opportunities for young women to be involved in group work through the Peer Mentoring sessions. We have delivered these in partnership with other Youth Projects and they run several times per year. These sessions aim to give young women the skills and confidence to support their peers in their emotional wellbeing around unhealthy relationships. A 17 year old said recently that “I feel that if anybody around me needed help, I’d feel much better to give advice”.

 

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