New start up launched to support young girls’ mental health

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A NEW start up aiming at improving the health and wellbeing of young girls across the South West of the UK and beyond is running programmes to help them create a positive relationship with themselves and others. 

Supported by Plymouth’s iMayflower project, Big Sis CIC is a social enterprise that supports young girls at a critical stage of their development – from pre-puberty into womanhood. 

An online mentoring scheme has been created enabling girls to maintain regular contact with families and expand their reach further to a wider audience.

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The Big SIS project is supported by the iMayflower programme within Plymouth building the city’s creative industries supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Cultural Development Fund

Founded by a holistic health educatorFriedel Fink – the organisation aims to safeguard the mental health of young girls amidst the global pandemic and beyond, by helping parents, carers, teachers and schools with resources and information that they require to support girls through this important time. 

Friedel Fink, Founder of Big Sis CIC said: “The proverb, it takes a village to raise a child rings very true for me.

“Pre-puberty is a crucial time in a young person’s life and it needs to be supported by more people than just parents and teachers.

“There are so many girls out there facing anxiety and uncertainty fuelled by social media and other external societal influences, with so many unanswered questions and doubts about growing up. 

 “Today young children have even more to process than ever before and, a lot of young girls struggle with mental health challenges, confidence and their body image and some even self-harm. 

“We are also running a series of webinars for mothers and fathers to support their girls, alongside mother-daughter programmes as dads are unfortunately often left out of the equation when it comes to puberty prep and we want to change that.

iMayflower is designed to build Plymouth’s creative industries and nurture creative people power across the city.

The project is supported by a £3.5 million grant from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Cultural Development Fund, which invests in creative, cultural and heritage initiatives that lead economic growth and productivity.   

Tracey Beeck, iMayflower Project Manager comments, “Big Sis is a fantastic example of the results that can be achieved when several like-minded, entrepreneurial individuals come together and immerse themselves in a weekend of creativity and collaboration.

“It’s also an excellent example of the support available through the iMayflower (CDF) consortium and the outcomes we are beginning to see from the project.”