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RBWM Girls Forum are recruiting!!!

We are recruiting new members to the RBWM Girls’ Forum and we want some of your pupils to attend our next face to face meeting on the 7th July 2022!

‘We don't want to be viewed as statistics in today's society….we want to be viewed as the next leaders of our generation!” - SGN, age 15

 

The Girls’ Forum was established in April 2018 for girls aged between 12 and 19 years who live or go to school in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. The group was set up in response to the Plan International UK Report entitled ‘The State of Girls' Rights in the UK’ which posed the question ‘ What is the current state of girls’ rights in the UK?’  

 

The answer was clear - they are not equal. 

 

Girls Forum enables us to have our voices heard and influence positive change in our community. We have participated in many meetings, spoken at multiple conferences and completed several projects. People have come to our meetings to ask us what we think and we really feel listened to. We invite guests to speak at our meetings who inspire us with their passion, determination and achievements.  We had an audience with Theresa May when she was the Prime Minister. 

 

Some of our highlights to date include members of the Girls’ Forum speaking at the 2019 Inclusion Summit, an event aimed at highlighting the importance of disability inclusion and bringing communities closer together.  We disputed that our schools were actually not doing as well as they could be in relation to inclusivity, and promoting the Inclusion Charter in all schools.

 

We joined forces with Parallel Windsor and received funding from Get Active Berkshire to start a Couch to 5k Programme with Achieving for Children, RBWM staff and vulnerable young people early in 2021. We raised funds for the Thames Valley Adventure Playground by participating in the Parallel Windsor event.  

 

Using the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disability as the platform, on the 3rd December 2021, the group participated in Purple Sock Day to promote a more inclusive community and a more active lifestyle for us all.   

 

We were successful in a bid for funding to purchase reusable water bottles and coffee mugs so that the young people using our youth centres can contribute to making them plastic-free environments. 

 

If you think some of your female pupils would like to make a difference in their community and would like to come along to our next meeting on the 7th July please contact the Youth Engagement Officer, Elaine Keating, at elaine.keating@achievingforchildren.org.uk The meetings are held twice a month, once virtually and once in Windsor Family Hub, Alma Road, SL4 3HD, from 5.30pm - 7pm.

 

We are planning a Girls Empowerment Day on 5th November 2022 and would love girls from your school to both attend the event AND have the opportunity to participate in shaping it. 

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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