Big Kirk Hallam
Big Kirk Hallam has funded Wash Arts to establish a fortnightly Girls’ Forum for local girls in years 10 and 11. The aim of the project was to work with Kirk Hallam Community Academy to provide the opportunity for a group of young girls to develop their own forum where they can meet and take part in activities that interest them. This gives them “a girls-only space” and enables them to have their voice in the community in a supportive and confidential environment. The longer term aim of the project will be to help the group to feel less isolated and ultimately to empower and give greater confidence and self-esteem to the girls.
The group now meets every other Monday evening at Kirk Hallam Community Academy and the girls have taken part in a range of activities including jewellery making with maker Betty Ching and arm knitting with local maker and guerilla crafter Kirsty Taylor. There has also been a film and popcorn evening and discussion and consultation sessions exploring the girls’ hopes and concerns for the area they live in.
Girls interested in taking part should look out for news of session dates in the Academy bulletin.
With thanks to young news-hub members Millie Cotton and Georgia Searcy for their contributions to this post.