The mission of Women Supporting Women is simple: to provide the right help to nurture, empower and inspire young women to build their own futures through employment, self-employment, education or training.
Young women need our support in particular and suffer some challenges more acutely than men. For instance:
- Our annual wellbeing report, The Prince’s Trust Youth Index, has shown over the years that young women show lower overall wellbeing and are often more likely to feel anxious and stressed.
- The Trust’s Young People in Lockdown report found 53% of young women aged 16 to 25-year say their anxiety levels have increased as a result of the pandemic
- At the start of the pandemic, more than 78 per cent of those who lost their jobs were women and two-thirds were between the ages of 18 and 34, according to PWC.
- Our research finds 60 per cent of young women are fearful for their future due to the pandemic, with more than half saying that finding a job “now seems impossible
- The Office of National Statistics data shows that there are currently 418,000 young women not in education, employment or training
- The Office of National Statics reports that 123,385 young women were excluded from secondary school, based on the 2018-2019 cohort. The number and rate of permanent exclusions for boys decreased since the previous year but the number of for girls has increased.
Young women across the UK need you if they are to achieve their full potential. You can help to transform their lives through joining Women Supporting Women in three ways:
- You can give personally - A bespoke, individual relationship with The Prince’s Trust, with many supporters typically committing gifts over three to four years
- You can give through your company - Support given via funding from a business, which includes a tailor-made partnership, volunteering opportunities for staff and potential product collaborations
- You can fundraise - Fundraising ideas include taking part in a Trust challenge event such as our Palace to Palace bike ride or walk, hosting dinner parties, or organising a group challenge such as a trek or mountain climb to help raise funds
Chrissie Rucker OBE, Founder, The White Company & Founding Silver Patron of Women Supporting Women
By joining Women Supporting Women and our #ChangeaGirlsLife campaign, you will be helping to ensure that young women’s futures are not predetermined by circumstance. Over 44 years, The Prince’s Trust has become expert in supporting those in particularly challenging situations, which range from mental health problems, growing up in the care system, victims of sexual abuse, involvement with in the criminal justice system and long-term unemployment.
Our tailored programmes and long-term support give young people the practical skills and emotional resilience to pick themselves back up and create their own positive futures. When you change just one life, it has an incredible ‘halo’ effect which benefits their family, friends and their local community, thus deepening your impact.
We passionately believe that all young women deserve the chance to succeed. We want to raise £10 million over the next five years which will make it possible to change the lives of over 6,500 more incredible young women.
We very much hope you will join us in changing the lives of young women at The Prince’s Trust.
If you would like to find out more about Women Supporting Women and how you can invest in our work, please contact Gemma Craggs on Gemma.Craggs@princes-trust.org.uk or 020 7543 1299.
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