EmpowHER is a social action programme established to increase self-esteem, build confidence and wellbeing in young women and girls and ultimately inspire them to lead change in their communities through inclusive and meaningful social action opportunities.
The programme addresses the worryingly low levels of wellbeing amongst young women and girls in the UK and supports them to have a voice, be heard and give back to their local communities.
Launched in October 2018, to celebrate the centenary of woman’s suffrage and give a new generation the opportunity to be heard, the programme supports young women and girls age 10-20 in some of the country’s most deprived and disadvantaged areas.
Over the last 18-months, the programme has directly helped challenge limiting perceptions that young women and girls might have of themselves and wider society, built capacity for participants to lead change, helped form longer-term social action habits and improved social cohesion.
At Inspire Youth Zone, Empowher is a 12-week programme delivered during 1.5 hour session on a Wednesday evening. The focus is on empowering young females, improving their health, wellbeing and knowledge, as well as improving social cohesion between girls in our community, ending with a social action project. This programme will end with a celebration event and certificate evening (date to be confirmed).
The programme covers a range of topics such as; Female role models, women in sport, body image, relationships and wellbeing and mental health. During these sessions the young women and girls look to build a range of skills such as teamwork and communication in preparation for their social action project, this is where the group take full ownership to research, plan fundraise and deliver their very own community project that they feel is beneficial to their community.