It’s rather incredible that there’s no dedicated helpline for women in the UK currently, so I'm really glad that somebody has recognised the need.*
Love the idea and fully behind what you do. Mike Richard, Founder, Talk About it Mate
Help us launch Polly - the only helpline dedicated to supporting women and girls in the UK - in Greater Manchester!
We're hoping to raise £10k for the Greater Manchester pilot. The big dream is £250k to support women and girls nationwide.
If 100 people donate £50+ you will each be able to choose 1 of 4 prints especially designed for Polly AND raise the vital funds needed to support just under 500 women, girls, self-identifying females aged 13+ in Greater Manchester:
Print 1: Polly Superwoman
Print 2: Closed Eyes & Wavy Hair
Print 3: Closed Eyes & Black Bob
Print 4: Yellow Pointed Collar
Print 5: Blue Hair
Print 6: Mask Print
Print 7: Halo Print
The images have been created by artist Margo Mcdaid - Margo’s work reflects her love of all things bright and optimistic:
I’m pleased to be part of helping make Polly a reality for everyone who needs her - supporting women who are vulnerable is everything!
WHY IS POLLY NEEDED?
Women are in crisis, struggling to access support services that are relevant to them. Covid is hitting young women the hardest: more likely to work in areas affected by the pandemic, facing job loss and redundancy. Self-harm and suicide in young women are at their highest level for two decades. Women in Greater Manchester are significantly more likely to have low levels of satisfaction with their life nowadays. These women deserve our support.
HOW WILL WE USE THE MONEY RAISED?
We are raising £10k for a 3-month pilot in Greater Manchester for the UK registered charity, Polly for Women CIO founded by the women who set-up CALM, the helpline for men and boys. We will provide a free non-judgmental space where women, girls and self-identifying females aged 13+ can talk safely through any and every issue, find comfort and appropriate help. Calls will be taken by trained professional female call handlers. Whilst it’s not always necessary to talk to another woman about your problems, we want to guarantee it for the times it's needed.
The pilot will support around 500 women before, during and after periods of crisis, connecting them with relevant charities and services, and empower them with information; offering mental health support and helping to reduce the rising self-harm and suicide of young women in Greater Manchester.
A donation of £6 will help us support a webchat or a phone call from a woman or girl seeking support.
A donation of £50 will help us support 9 webchat or phone calls.
Your donation will go directly towards helping women and girls in Greater Manchester.
Any and all donations would be massively appreciated.
Girls will really benefit from having this confidential service. Shelley Roberts, CEO, Homestart Manchester.
OUR BIG DREAM
If we raise more than £10k we will extend the pilot from 3 months in Greater Manchester. Ultimately, the big dream is to raise £250k and become a national service supporting all women and girls across the UK.
To find out more about Polly and the women who are volunteering to make it a reality, visit hipolly.org
If you have any questions please reach out to Isolyn Donaldson-Ellison on [email protected]
*Quote from a Polly social media follower