Why we need to fundraise:
Our 'Sisters' have been devastated by Covid-19. We have seen our disenfranchised, care-affected young women unable to meet their basic needs. They have seen their jobs disappear and their essential support services closing. They are isolated, scared and unable to meet their emotional and mental needs. These girls are now at heightened risk of exploitation.
For those in school, their core safety, support and opportunity to have a hot meal has disappeared. For those not in school many have diminished support and have been forced to return to unsafe homes or relationships in an urgent attempt to stay safe. Some have taken on caring responsibilities, sleeping on floors living on vouchers and others’ goodwill. Their already fragile mental and emotional well-being is unable to manage this situation.
Over the next three months, their needs will escalate. The risk of them becoming victims of manipulation and exploitation into criminality will increase. Falling victim to financial devastation and social isolation leading to mental breakdown is an increased risk for these girls.
Help us to protect these young women by meeting their needs now when it matters most, we are not just a service provider for them, we are their family.
Your support will directly enable us to:
· Support 40+ vulnerable girls and young women through these exceptional circumstances
· Meet the increased demand for our service
· Deliver weekly food and personal hygiene packages
· Increase our therapeutic sessions to weekly rather than monthly, supporting their mental and emotional resilience
· Continue to deliver virtual education by purchasing the necessary IT equipment – so that all of our registered learners can complete their programmes with us
· Meet the new and increased economic, emotional and mental needs
We know that our support is for many all they have, one big sister told us, 'I don't know what I would do without Sister System’s support'
When we delivered food supplies to one sister, she told us that her household of five people had been living on just £30 a week
A 19 year old living on her own in a hostel had only a packet of noodles and half a bag of rice left before our food parcel arrived
Who we are:
Sister System seeks to affect positive change for girls and young women (13-24 years old) who have been affected by the care system. We aim to break the cycle of disadvantage and develop a new model of life changing support.
Our mission is to bridge the gap between care affected girls and mainstream society, working alongside girls at key transition points of their lives to ensure they have the same opportunities as everyone else at home, in school, at work and in our communities. We exist to:
- Reduce the chances of abuse. (1 in 3 are victims of abuse)
- Increasing positive mental health. (45% become mentally unwell)
- Reducing those Not in Education or Employment (NEET). (188,00 are NEET in the UK)
What we do:
Our programmes aim to empower young women to achieve a life free from abuse with good mental health such that they can engage in education and employment.
Working alongside them to support the development of positive mental health by working to increase their emotional and mental resilience, social mobility and economic stability so that they are enabled to become self-reliant and independent.
Sister System does this by providing intensive therapeutic 1-1 mentoring, self-development workshops, nationally accredited qualifications, peer2peer mentoring, a community of other sisters, internships and career coaching over a period of up to 9 years - a longitudinal programme, which no other organisation offers. We offer 5 programmes of support to meet the age, stage and need of the young women. These are:
The Big Sister You Never Had
Peer2Peer Power up mentoring
Thank you so much for your support. You are truly saving and changing lives.
Sister System: The big sister you never had.