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Case Study: Building Bright Futures for young women in South Shields

Overview: Bright Futures is a charity in South Shields, working in the community to support and empower girls and young women, aged 5-25. The emphasis of all the projects run by Bright Futures is to build the skills and confidence of young women and to raise awareness about some of the issues that could affect them. The work includes:

  • Raising awareness of sexual health, teenage pregnancy and the risks of substance misuse.
  • Promoting good physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Running ambassador projects which allow young women to create and deliver social action projects for the benefit of their community.
  • Running educational courses and a job club in the local community.

Why did it inspire us?

Bright Futures is the creation of two inspiring women, who want to make sure that girls and young women in their community get the support and opportunities they deserve. Parts of South Shields are among the poorest in the country, but Bright Futures have shown vision and bravery to make a real difference to people’s lives.