Girls' Mental Health And Wellbeing Southwest

by Big Sis CIC in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 2nd July 2020 we successfully raised £18,948 with 110 supporters in 109 days

Helping girls across the South West during and post Covid-19 to develop confidence and resilience whilst preparing for puberty

by Big Sis CIC in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The more we raise, the more girls will have access to the program. With extra money we can:

  • Train 300+ Big Sis mentors (including their advanced DBS checks) and incude more schools into the scheme
  • It' s expensive to run a volunteering program! We will re-invest extra money into program #2 Big Sis Mentoring Program
  • Create an even more comprehensive curriculume and hire additional staff to train our volunteers
  • Create a complete 'teaching kit' for our volunteers, including teaching materials, sample of menstrual products, a great study manual, etc.
  • Extend our online-wellbeing platform for girls

These days show us that we need community and mental health support more than ever! We want to continue making great work for adolescent girls during times of uncertainty: together we can supporting girls’ confidence and wellbeing so they are more resilient in times of difficulty and change.

Why our community needs us

There is a mental health crisis in the UK which particularly affects young women. Currently, one in eight young women between the ages of 17 and 19 self-harms or attempts suicide. Many of the problems that so badly affect teenage girls have their roots in the transition from childhood through puberty.

Having a ‘Big Sis’ volunteer on hand, who has been through it all, to offer practical and emotional support at this critical time, is of great help to young girls. In order to address this crisis.

We want to reach two thousand and twenty young girls in Plymouth/South Hams with our girl mentoring programme

Your pledge will enable us to:

  • Run our 2020 Plymouth Pilot Project: 'Big Sis Mental Health Mentoring Program' in schools
  • Train 300 student volunteers to deliver 'girl' s sessions' in Plymouth primary and secodary schools (year 5,6 and 7)
  • Offer valuable support and interactive education on crucial issues: such as body literacy, emotional literacy skills, accessible and sustainable menstrual cycle education, self-care and using social media safely
  • We prioritise schools in vulnerable areas of Plymouth and the South Hams
  • Create local opportunities for young women studying in education degrees to volunteer with us and learn new skills as a mentor being actively involved facilitating and reflecting these 'girls sessions'. They collect first-hand experience, build confidence and trust in working with young people which prepares them for their future careers
  • The bigger picture: with this program we create sustainable and skilful communities: We bring together women and girls that cross benefit from the shared knowledge and support. We provide a great framework for building communityand encourage our volunteers to get active and organise activities in 
    their communities, strengthen local collaborations with the purpose to enhance women and girl's wellbeing, mental and physical health, and we provide guidance and mentoring to our volunteers throughout.

Will you back us so we can?

Our Mental Health Mentoring Program

Working with young girls on the areas of emotional literacy and menstrual education we have witnessed the positive effects of this work in the girls self-confidence, emotional awareness, body knowledge and healthy body image, which have proven to ease the puberty transition period. In our community work we've noticed that the biggest crisis of confidence occurs between year 5-7 as the transition from primary into secondary school is huge.

We train female students studying education to provide mentoring and support to these girls. The young girls benefit from the knowledge and experience of their Big Sis mentor whilst learning new skills in an informal and safe space in school. This reduces the uncertainty, fears and anxiety that arise for many young girls as they enter puberty and strengthen girl to girl bonds.

The program consists of 12 workshops that are run in schools bi-weekly.

Our Volunteers will also be trained to deal with any problems they are confronted with and receive ongoing support from our expert team. They are recruited through local educational institutions

Online-mentoring scheme during & beyond lockdown

To enable parents and girls to stay connected and reach a wider audience we currently offer online Zoom-spaces to connect: A series of webinars for mums and guardians of 8-12 year olds as well as wellbeing workshops for girls. In 'Preparing Girls for Puberty' for parents we open a conversation to deal with your kids most frequent questions about puberty. We'll discuss your girl's needs, how to have open conversations early on, introduce menstrual products and other techniques and resources we use to open the big topic of puberty. Next Mum Webinar (Replay available): 12.June, 8-10pm, 10.July, 17. August 2020. Pledge to our 'Workshops & Events Reward' on the right side.

We have many rewards for parents, charities, schools, corportes too.


What our community says

We have asked our participants of our coming-of-age and parent-daughter programs about their experiences:

About Big Sis C.I.C.

We are a newly founded Devon based social enterprise supporting young girl's mental health through physical and emotional literacy campaigns and practical support programs. We are also equipping girls' immediate support networks: parents, carers, teachers and schools with resources and useful information around growing up through workshops and programs. We understand that pre-puberty is a crucial time in a young persons' life that needs to be supported. 'Big Sis' founder Friedel Fink (MA in Scenography and interactive concepts and communication, menstrual educator and holistic practitioner) is gathering a team of interdisciplinary experts from the fields of mental health, wellbeing, menstrual education and holistic therapies to support the journey of growing up.

Our Founder Friedel Fink

Thank you so much for being part of a community caring for girls' wellbeing!

Your Big Sis Team

Big Sis Founders Friedel Fink and Margarida Candido Lopes

Our Partners and supporters:

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

£20 Workshop & Events GIFT VOUCHER

Something to look forward to! You can use it to participate in our workshops and events (mother-daughter workshops, cooking and crafting workshops, body literacy comedy evening) later in the year or give it to a friend.

£1 or more

#1forbigsis

or £1 you will be listed as a Founding Member of Big Sis CIC. We'll also make sure you are listed on our supporters page on our soon to be published website www.big-sis.co and on our social media channels. We would be eternally grateful if you could tell your friends to donate #1forbigsis. Thank you so much!

£10 or more

2 of 15 claimed

£10 Workshop GIFT VOUCHER

You can use it to participate in our workshops and events (mother-daughter workshops, cooking and crafting workshops, body literacy comedy evening) later in the year or give it to a friend.

£15 or more

3 of 15 claimed

Female Anatomy Model for classroom/ homeschooling

Crochet anatomy model: a fun physical education asset featuring correct female anatomy. Great for teachers and carers to use for PHSE or RSE classes or to explain with your child at home. It comes with a tiny 'guidebook' explaining the anatomical parts.

£15 or more

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20% off Body-Mind Awareness Classes

If you are living in the SOUTH HAMS, you can enjoy a 20% discount on 'Yoga & Body-Mind Awareness for the female body’ class in Totnes with Friedel Fink. Join us to relax, learn about yourself and develop healthy habits.

£15 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£15 'Preparing girls for puberty' Webinar - Dads

A great resource for mothers: this interactive group webinar (1.5h) with Friedel Fink on how to prepare their girl for her first experience of menstruation. We talk about having open conversations, menstrual products, celebration and answer your questions (conducted via Zoom). We open a conversation to deal with your kids most frequent questions. We'll discuss girl's needs, periods and all your questions as parents.

£18 or more

Meditation Package

Four relaxing guided meditations to support menstrual cycle awareness. A perfect reward for women who would like to earn more about their own cycle or/and model to their daughters.

£20 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Open to conversations - T-Shirt

Show that you are open to body-mind conversations by wearing a Big Sis T-Shirt like our volunteers. Your pledge enables us to train a 'Big Sis Volunteer Mentor' that can offer body & mind literacy sessions for up to 8 girls in Plymouth primary schools. Help us to help her!

£30 or more

0 of 24 claimed

£30 Creativity Mum-Daughter Workshop (girls: 9-12)

Let's get creative with your daughter. Our special 'body literacy themed' creative event in Plymouth or the South Hams is a hands on crafting workshop with special surprises and fun for mothers and daughters (9-12 years old). Our collaborating artist leads you through creative exploration. Value for 2 people. Each event is guarded by our qualified safeguarding officer.

£35 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£35 Body Literacy Comedy Evening for 2 people

An exclusive ticket to Izabella Finch's comedy show in Plymouth. Izabella has performed her show about knowing and loving your body, sex and life in general in London and Amsterdam. The evening features fun and laughter, nibbles, a welcome and thank you speech from our team followed by a panel discussion. This reward is for adults 18+.

£35 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£30 Storytelling evening for girls and parents

For girls from 5-12 years old and parents. A cosy, sleepover-atmosphere, candlelit evening in Plymouth to read empowering stories to the girls to encourage them to be what they wanna be in the world. Value for 3 people. Each event is guarded by our qualified safeguarding officer.

£40 or more

0 of 12 claimed

£40 Family Cooking Class

You can enjoy a hands on cooking class with your family with our vegan chef from Green Gal Goods in Plymouth. Learn how to prepare a yummy vegan dinner. Value for 3 people. Each event is guarded by our qualified safeguarding officer.

£75 or more

0 of 7 claimed

£75 Mum - Daughter Puberty Prep Workshop (10-12)

Join in with your daughter in one of our 2-day workshops (Plymouth or South Hams). This workshop for girls 10-12 years old with their mother or female carer is designed to inspire curiosity, wonder & appreciation of the changes of puberty and the onset of menstruation. With the intention to overturn secrecy and embarrassment Celebration Day for Girls nurtures connection, normalisation and openness through practical & positive information & fun.

£150 or more

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£150 Primary & Secondary School Champions Reward

Our team will come to your school to give a talk in your PSHE/RSE class about 'menstrual products' or 'body image' (possible for year 5/6/7) + Q&A for the students. This links up with the PSHE curriculum guidelines for the UK. Also your school will gain a place with the badge 'caring for girl's wellbeing' on our website and social media gallery.

£300 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£300 Consulting for Crisis - Organisations Reward

This rewards features 1x consulting group session (12 people) and a series of 5 webinars around designing businesses and organisations for a purposeful world in the context of crisis. This involves improving your relational qualities in business, conflict resolution, growing resilience, reframing the narrative and sense-making of crisis, providing your organisation with useful tools.

£500 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£500 Corporate Sponsor Reward

Thanks for your support. We will feature your name/business/organisation as a sponsor on our website, marketing material and in our events. You will also receive a personalised thank you video. Our volunteering team visits your business, so you can have a chance to understand what really moves young people at this moment in time and get valuable insights. Your pledge has just supported us in providing training in support of our mentoring program.

£900 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£900 Community Reward: mum-daughter workshop

Gift your community a workshop that nurtures connection through practical & positive information that overturns secrecy and embarrassment. Join in with your mum-daughter community (12 daughters + 12 mums max) in one of our 2-day workshops (Plymouth or South Hams). This workshop for girls 10-12 years old with their mother or female carer is designed to inspire curiosity, wonder & appreciation of the changes of puberty and the onset of menstruation

£1,000 or more

Best Pledge Ever Reward

Best Pledge Ever Reward Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We don't even know how to thank you, but we're sure we can figure something out together. Make a suggestion!

£38 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£38 Cloth Pad Starter Kit

Eco friendly cloth pad starter kit in colourful designs, handmade in Plymouth by Heart and Soul by Roxi. Especially great for girls who just start their periods or adults who want to test out if these pads are for them. This kit includes: 2x regular pads 1x night pad 1x light pad 1x medium wet bag

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