Girls Friendly Society in England and Wales (Wales also has their own page) We support girls and young women through the difficult transition from childhood to adolescence through to young adulthood by providing opportunities for them to have fun, develop their confidence, self-esteem, emotional well-being and resilience.
Our programs include personal and social development activities, workshops and courses focused on early intervention and prevention for girls and young women between five and twenty-five, delivered by trained volunteers, youth workers and practitioners. We provide guidance, advice and information about a number of topics, issues and themes including healthy living, positive relationships, education and independent living. We currently have 46 groups who meet across England and Wales including our staff-led projects in Skegness and Great Yarmouth.
For many of the girls and young women, GFS groups provide stability and an opportunity for them to develop their understanding of the importance of supporting each other and increasing acceptance of one another, regardless of status, race, religion, cultural background, sexual orientation or ability. Activities take place in a safe, non-judgemental, single-gender space where play and socialising are encouraged through positive relationships with female role models.
We also support and promote campaigns addressing current issues affecting girls and young women such as sexualisation, abusive relationships, discrimination, the lack of equality in the workplace and everyday sexism.
England: Mrs Margaret Wicks
Wales: Mrs Catriona Charlesworth