Another Win For Jane Kenyon's Girls Out Loud

Knutsford Guardian: L-R: Lee Iggulden from event sponsor Welshot Imaging, Jane Kenyon from Girls Out Loud, and business personality Kate Hardcastle L-R: Lee Iggulden from event sponsor Welshot Imaging, Jane Kenyon from Girls Out Loud, and business personality Kate Hardcastle

AN inspiration coach from Knutsford is celebrating after scooping Network She Foundation’s prestigious Social Enterprise award for the second time.

Jane Kenyon, who runs Manchester-based social enterprise Girls Out Loud, was presented with the accolade at an awards ceremony earlier this month.

Receiving the majority of the nominations for its work delivering early intervention programmes in schools and communities throughout the North West, the not-for-profit organization was commended for its focus on improving the confidence, self esteem and emotional resilience of the teenage girls that it assists.

Jane, who picked up the same award in 2011, said: “The demand for our work is growing as more and more girls disconnect from education, become fixated on external appearance and suffer from a myriad of mental health issues including self harming, anxiety, eating disorders and addictions.

“These girls are making poor choices when it comes to relationships, peer groups and social media activity and they need worthy role models who are prepared to actively contribute to their lives.”

Girls Out Loud was established by Jane in 2010 with a single goal – to raise aspirations of teenage girls living in the UK.

The enterprise provides a number of programmes which introduce girls to a diverse range of female role models from their area. Jane is keen to get more sponsors on board so that the programmes can be rolled out to a wider range of schools.

Jane added: “Four years down the line, we are seeing our work make a real difference. It’s now time to spread the word and get more people on board.”

Julie York, deputy head of Harrop Fold School in Salford, commended the enterprise for the work it carried out with female students during a year-long initiative.

“It was wonderful to see the girls grow, not just in confidence but in their self-belief and aspirations for the future,” she added.

“The project was extremely well run and we would wholeheartedly recommend it to other schools.”

For more information about Girls Out Loud visit girlsoutloud.org.uk

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