Group has innovative way of reaching teenage girls in Sheffield

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Girls’ Brigade’s South Yorkshire District has launched an innovative way of reaching teenage girls in the Sheffield area.

Several leaders from across Sheffield and Rotherham have come together to run an n:counta and n:spire group for young people at Church on the Corner, Southey Green, since October 2015, funded via a grant from the Cabinet Office’s Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund (UYSAF).

Team Leader Claire Woodward said: “For a long time a need was voiced across the District to support local groups with the 11-18s. After much thought, discussion and prayer, the new district-wide group was started.”

Claire added: “More than 25 girls have been attending regularly from across Sheffield including girls from Handsworth, Hillsborough, Fir Vale, Shiregreen and Sheffield Lane Top, with more joining all the time. There are plans to use this as a way of feeding back into local groups and the wider community over time, so that the giftings of the young people can have a ripple effect.”

Drawing from the GB programme, the n:counta (11-14s) and n:spire (13-18s) ages have had a range of themed activity nights, including a bake off, human board games, a trip to Jump Inc, movie night and making and donating table crafts to the local foodbank for their Christmas meal.

Claire added: “It’s been going brilliantly and while we’re still learning what the girls want and getting the mix of activities right, the girls are starting to talk about it and ask what’s coming next.”

Group member Millie, aged 12, said: “I really enjoy the cluster group because I meet new people who go to GB. The activities are fun and interesting and you get to learn different skills.”

Girls’ Brigade groups all over England and Wales provide rewarding, stretching and positive opportunities enabling children and young people, between the ages of four and 18, to grow and develop in confidence and skills in a Christian environment.

If you’d like to find out more about GB you can go to www.girlsb.org.uk or call 01246 582322 for details. To find out more about the n:counta and n:spire group contact Claire on 07796 503569 or woodward_claire@icloud.com