COLLABORATION is our word for 2018 and back in January, we set out to align ourselves with businesses, brands and organisations that we felt matched the ethos of our TRIBE and spoke our language.
Before I reveal the exciting news of our newest partnership, I wanted to share a little story that will explain why this collaboration is one that, as the founder of Girl Tribe Gang and a mum of 3 girls, is so close to my heart.
The story behind Girl Tribe Gang
I fell pregnant at 21 years old and it was at that point that I knew I had to make something of my life.
It was time to put my big girls pants on.
With no ‘A’ Levels and as a single parent, I convinced a university to accept me onto their degree course and I self financed my way through it – getting into a huge amount of debt in the process.
My dissertation was all about raising aspirations, because as a woman from a working class family, and the first in my family (beside my mum who went on to get a PHD in her 40s) to go to university, I wanted to test out if your socio-economic status affected your aspirations and access to Higher Education.
I got a 1st for that dissertation and it was that study that ignited my passion for championing those of us who don’t always have a seat at the table.
My career started in Local Government, I led on social exclusion, child poverty and got to pilot some really exciting work in some of the country’s most deprived neighbourhoods.
I went on to work for the NHS as a strategist, helping establish a Patients Forum so that the £5bn per year that gets spent on the workforce was influenced by the very people who don’t often get a voice.
And now, as a Psychotherapist, I help women find their sparkle again AND that then led me to creating this magical community; this network of women who feel isolated and lonely working for themselves or aspiring to.
The Girls’ Network
I wanted to partner Girl Tribe Gang with a charity that mirrored our values. A charity where our DNA speaks their DNA.
On their website, the Girls’ Network share their mission statement:
“To inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional female role models.” (The Girls’ Network)
Established in 2013 by two school teachers, Charly and Becca, The Girls’ Network has helped over 1000 girls each year to boost resilience and confidence, raise aspirations and feel clearer about where they want to go and provide opportunities in which to thrive.
They do this through providing mentorship programmes, positive role models, workshops, events and fundraising.
Inspiring a future generation of Girl Tribe Gang
I’m hugely excited to announce that we are official partners with The Girl’s Network and will be supporting them in a number of ways, including:
– Donating a % of our revenue from our events and merchandise (details coming soon!)
– Helping them continue their work raising aspirations with girls and young women in some of the most deprived communities across the country.
It was important to me to make 2018 the year of collaboration and this has got to be THE best yet.
The Girl Tribe Gang culture is one of support and guidance, celebrating every success no matter how small and recognising the times when running your own business and juggling life commitments gets hard. We are inclusive and welcome members from all backgrounds and walks of life.
We have a TRIBE full of #fiercelybrave women who I know are all super keen to give something back and to inspire a future generation of girls to create a life that they can be proud of, however that looks for them.
How you can support The Girls’ Network
For more information about The Girls’ Network, their programmes and the work they do with young women, please visit: www.thegirlsnetwork.org.uk