The Girls’ Network is an award-winning national charity, aiming to inspire and empower girls aged 14-19 from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional female role models.

The core of the charity’s offering is a 1:1 mentoring programme matching each girl with a mentor for a year; the pairs are matched at buzzing events and meet in person once a month. Since the lockdown and school closures, the charity rapidly moved most of its programmes online. Over 700 mentor/mentee pairs nationwide have embraced and engaged with this, overcoming technical and often mental barriers in order to speak on video calls and keep their relationships going, and growing.

Laila, 15, from London, said in a video diary: “In this pandemic we are all in this together and having a mentor is having a friend you can talk to about how you’re coping with these drastic changes… working together with your mentor can help you work around any issues and turn this situation into an opportunity.” 

The Girls’ Network would love to share the story of how they continued their work towards unlimited futures for all young women and their ambitious plans for the future with journalists who are interested.
Contact nat@thegirlsnetwork.org.uk 07498049582
(head of communications and impact)