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Self Esteem help for teenage girls

10th February 2015

Teenage girls who have difficulties with self-esteem are to be given much-needed help by a special project supported by the Essex Women’s Advisory Group (EWAG).

A course run by the Christian Growth Centre Chelmsford (CGCC) has been given £1,500 from the Essex Girls’ Fund, which was established by EWAG and is managed by the independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF).

The aim of the Fund established in 2010 is to help women and girls in Essex combat their negative stereotype, enabling them to improve their self–esteem and achieve their full potential.

The grant will mean that CGCC will be able to expand a self-esteem course it currently runs for girls in local schools. The course will be developed to include topics such as on-line safety, relationships, bullying, eating disorders, self -harm and other difficult issues which teenage girls can face.

As well as working in local schools CGCC is also planning to link with other organisations and volunteers to make the programme available to more girls, including teenage mums.

Caroline Taylor, deputy chief executive of ECF said: “CGCC have built a good track record of helping to make a difference to the lives of young girls when they are at a vulnerable stage of their development.  The grant will mean more young people will be reached and the project will enable them to become more confident and accepting of themselves.”

EWAG’s endowed charitable Fund with ECF awards grants year on year to voluntary and community organisations in Essex working to tackle issues such as domestic violence, education, skills and mental health. 

EWAG’s board includes representatives from Essex Police, the University of Essex, Girlguiding, commerce, philanthropy, mental health, local government and the WI. 

Yasmin Udugba Head Facilitator of the Flourish project at CGCC said, “We are delighted to receive this grant from EWAG.  It will enable us to help young girls develop their own personal worth, strength and sense of purpose. 

We were also very pleased to receive an additional £1,500 from the Spence Family Fund which is also managed by ECF.  Together the two grants mean we received the full £3,000 that we applied for.