Girl Space calls on women to be mentors

Sense of unity: Girl Space provides a program for high school girls where they can talk openly about issues and be inspired by women from the community through workshops. Photo: Wildflower Portraits

Sense of unity: Girl Space provides a program for high school girls where they can talk openly about issues and be inspired by women from the community through workshops. Photo: Wildflower Portraits

A group organised specifically for young women of high school age is appealing for people who may be interested in running workshops and being mentors for the members. 

Girl Space is a program for girls aged between 12 and 18-years-old. 

The program’s founder Ren Mathieson is appealing to women of the Port Macquarie- Hastings region to get involved in hosting a workshop in 2017 or volunteer to help out for the group.

The aim of the workshops is so that the members can be motivated by strong, independent local women.

“As long as they have a passion and are willing to share their story or skills then we would love to hear from them,” Ms Mathieson said. 

“We are also open to all donations of used goods that could be of use in our workshops such as fabric, paper, craft material, jars and bottles from local businesses.”

The decision behind the creation of Girl Space, Ms Mathieson said was to support the Youth Hub to help create a strong sense of community. 

During the sessions the young women open up about any issues which they may encounter during school or at home. 

A lot of the girls are working through issues including anxiety, depression and bullying. 

Ms Mathieson said that a lot of girls feel like they are under constant pressure to ‘fit in’ with society. Social media, she said is playing a big role in contributing to this as it often portrays only the best features of a person. 

Photographer and founder of Wildflower Portraits Alicia Fox recently conducted a workshop for the girls.

Ms Fox said that when she was introduced to the group she felt like it was a nice, welcoming atmosphere.

“It instills a sense of unity, providing a place where girls can feel safe, included and inspired,” she said. 

Ms Fox’s workshop gave the girls insight into the career of photography, running a studio and daily tasks. 

She said Girl Space has a positive vision to empower local girls to discover their potential and to have the confidence to express their individuality.

To get in contact with Girl Space to organise a workshop or help as a volunteer email girlspace@pmyh.com.au or call 0432 648 984 

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