Girls Friendly Society

Charity of the Month

About Girls Friendly Society

For almost 150 years, Girls Friendly Society has been working to create a world where all girls and young women can thrive, are free to be themselves and are proud of who they are. Unlike many organisations, they aim to achieve this through early intervention, working with girls to prevent the degradation in confidence and self-esteem that comes with around age 11, rather than reversing it during the teenage years. They primarily work with girls in the most deprived areas of England and Wales, where they know girls’ futures are disproportionately disadvantaged.
Girls Friendly Society support them through services that provide a non-competitive environment that values every girl individually and allows them to build and consolidate the foundations that will prepare them for life’s challenges.

Their Challenges

The pandemic has deepened a lot of the challenges we were already seeing for girls. Girls Friendly Society’s Group Coordinators and volunteers have fed back that parents of new girls, are more frequently reporting that their daughters have been unable to form friendships and are lonely. Volunteers themselves have noticed significantly reduced communication and social skills among the youngest girls who were at an important developmental age during lockdowns. In order to meet the demand, it is vital for Girls Friendly Society to raise more funds, despite a challenging fundraising landscape right now.

Their Achievements / Goals

Girls Friendly Society launched seven new groups in the last academic year, and they have plans for more next year! Many of these groups are running a waiting list, leading us to open cluster groups to meet the need. Their most recent survey showed how quickly attending Girls Friendly Society can start to make a difference – within the first six months high girls report improvements in trying new things (81%), making friends (75%), believing they can achieve (73%) and feeling proud of who they are (66%).

They’ve also launched a fee waiver, allowing them to reach the families who need them the most – almost 50% of girls in our newest groups are accessing the fee waiver, ensuring that all girls can attend, no matter their circumstances.

Girls Friendly Society's Fab40 Campaign

Become one of our Fab 40 organisations who are collectively working together to support GFS to open a further 6 safe space girl groups. Our groups work with girls to inspire and empower, with tools such as mental health resources to develop self-worth, confidence and resilience. We are asking 40 companies to raise or donate £1,000 so that we can open 6 new groups for girls who desperately need a safe space to feel valued and heard.

What you will receive in return for supporting this campaign:

Exclusive networking and training opportunities

One hour GFS  workshop for staff with take home resources

Invitation to Fab 40 online networking event to meet like-minded businesses

Invitation to drinks reception to celebrate at the end of the campaign

Increased brand awareness and association with supporting gender equality

Feature on our Fab 40 webpage and in our 21/22 annual report

Be included in social media coverage of the campaign

Receive digital materials to help you promote your contribution among your networks

Appear in an SEO optimised article celebrating Fab 40 donations

Fundraising support from our dedicated fundraising team


Click here to see a lovely video of some of the girls we work with visiting one of our business partners Avast.

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