These days show us that we need community and mental health support more than ever! Like many small businesses, we’re facing the challenge of how we’ll scrape through the next few months with zero income. But we want to continue making great work for adolescent girls. Together we can rise above the crisis and support our ambitious plans of supporting girls’ confidence and wellbeing so they are more resilient in times of difficulty and on the way build a vibrant community.
Here’s how you can help: buy a Big Sis Gift Voucher. You can use it to participate in our workshops and events (mother-daughter workshops, cooking and crafting workshops) later in the year or give it to a friend. You could also become a BIG SIS member by making a £1 donation and have access to memebership discounts. You can also participate in our free online events: such as the Future Girls Book Club where women read stories of courageous girls and engage with the great content for parents we share on our social media channels & newsletter.
About Big Sis C.I.C.
We are a brand-new 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.
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:
In 2020 we want to reach two thousand and twenty young girls in Plymouth with our mentoring programme
Your pledge will enable us to:
- Run our 2020 Plymouth Pilot Project: 'Big Sis Mental Health Mentoring Program'
- 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
- 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.
Our Founder Friedel Fink
What our community says
We have asked our participants of our coming-of-age and parent-daughter programs about their experiences:
Thank you so much for being part of the movement!
Your Big Sis Team
Big Sis Founders Friedel Fink and Margarida Candido Lopes
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