This month sees us say a temporary goodbye to our School Engagement & Liaison Manager, Katherine Birch as she starts her maternity leave. Hopefully Katherine will return to us within the next 18 months and her energy and ‘I can’ attitude will certainly be missed at Girls Out Loud HQ. I know all our Big Sisters and team will join me in wishing her well and demand that she stays in touch! And with one daughter and another one on the way, how can she say no!
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This month we delivered our much loved Role Model Relay event at a school in Manchester. The idea is ask 4 inspirational women to share their journey and offer advice to a group of 13/14 year old girls then we invite a further 30 awesome female role models to engage in a speed mentoring session. […]Read more
Our warmest congratulations go to Little Sister, Gemma, on her appointment as Head Girl of Oasis Academy Oldham. Her achievement is especially heartening since, when we first met, she was shy and reluctant to speak out, hiding her face – along with her cleverness and creativity – behind her long hair. But Gemma, with the […]Read more
Yes, the Big Sister programme is based on one-to-one mentoring sessions but there’s a lot more to it than that: football, for example. Crewe Alexandra generously invited the girls and their Big Sisters to be VIP guests at their home match against Wimbledon on Saturday 25th February. Apart from the excitement of the match, this […]Read more
This month another set of statistics hit my desk that made me flinch and know for certain we are in the right space at the right time. In the past year suicides among teen girls have risen by a third; the number of teens dealing with depression and anxiety has shot up by 75% in […]Read more