Project aims to help young women make a difference
GIRLGUIDING North West is empowering young women in guiding through the groundbreaking Action for Change project to take positive action in their communities and beyond.
Twenty girls and young women aged 14 to 25 from across the region attended an inspirational weekend which skilled them to create change and build a fairer world.
Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the project is another step forward in the charity’s work to enable girls to be a powerful force for good.
Sarah Wolstenholme, aged 16, from Southport, will be making a difference in her community after joining Action for Change, the UK’s largest girl-led advocacy network set up by Girlguiding.
Sarah took part in a series of workshops at a three day event held at Waddow Hall in Clitheroe from September 8-10.
The sessions, co-produced by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Girlguiding, gave Sarah the chance to develop the skills required to put a project together to really make an impact on the lives of girls and young women in their communities.
Sarah also received expert advice from campaigner Chella Quint who gave an inspirational talk about her experiences and successes as a change maker and influencer.
Action for Change aims to give young women in guiding the skills, confidence and ongoing support they need to speak up about the issues that matter to them, enabling them to build a fairer society, play their part in changing their communities for the better and creating the largest girl-led advocacy network in the UK.
Sarah said: “I want to campaign to get more girls into engineering as I am the only girl in my class at school with 21 boys.”
Campaigner Chella Quint is a menstruation educator and founder of #periodpositive and has lent her support to Girlguiding North West’s latest project to encourage UK girls and young women to take action on issues they care about.
She said: “It’s been really special working with the Action for Change project.
“Their recognition of my campaigning has encouraged me to reach out as a role model to members of Girlguiding and share ways they can challenge menstrual taboos.
“Campaigning for #periodpositive is all about changing the conversation around menstruation and challenging taboos using humour, craftivism and ad-busting.”
“I want young people to know that activism can be fun – if people are laughing, they’re learning.”
A spokesperson for the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation added: “We are excited to support Girlguiding’s Action for Change project, which will empower hundreds of girls and young women to take action on the social issues that matter to them.
“It will ensure that young women’s voices are heard, and are able to contribute to a more just and inclusive society in the UK.”
Girlguiding North West member Sarah Wolstenholme, 16, with region chief commissioner Julie Bell