S C O T L A N D
We are implementing a girls empowerment club in Falkirk. Global Family has implemented girls’ empowerment clubs globally since 2007. These clubs serve to:
Mobilise community members for positive social change
Provide support and mentorship to girls
The club in Falkirk will serve girls from low-income families and communities and will gather weekly for a lesson and activities around being unique, making good friends, and overcoming obstacles in life. The club will be led by three adult, female volunteers who will be managed by the Head of Programmes. Volunteers will use a curriculum created by Global Family called Empower, which is used internationally and has been translated into seven languages.
The club, by providing a safe and supportive atmosphere with trained and dedicated mentors, will foster empowerment, leadership, and healthy relationship amongst club participants. The club will assist young girls in developing a greater understanding of their uniqueness, skills, and career dreams and aspirations.
Our curriculum consist of two handbooks that are used by club coordinators. These are the family strengthening curriculum and the girls empowerment club curriculum ("Empower" in English, and "Bhitri Sundarta" in Nepali).
Empower consists of lessons around building character, overcoming challenges, growing up, influencing others well, and planning for the future. Meetings consist of foundational lessons designed to build a sense of community and friendship amongst young girls and strengthen self-image, social skills and healthy habits. Each meeting is composed of a lesson, discussion, activities and a sample journal prompt for girls to record their thoughts. The lessons are adaptable to different age groups, religious affiliations and educational systems.
Meetings that address positive thinking are designed to help girls discover healthy ways of dealing with stress and difficult situations. Those that address facing obstacles and enduring hardship, on the other hand, are meant to allow a space where girls can identify and tackle the challenges they face, whether at home, school or in their communities.
The Falkirk girls’ club will be guided by our local team and board of trustees here in Falkirk, which consists of staff and volunteers from Falkirk. It will also, importantly, be guided by a new advisory committee that Global Family is starting in October 2021. The advisory committee will consist of community leaders from Falkirk and around Forth Valley, and will exist to provide local, experiential knowledge and expert advice for the implementation of Global Family’s girls’ clubs. The committee will meet monthly to discuss organisations and assets in Falkirk with which we can partner and current needs and opportunities in the community we can explore.
The advisory committee is one part of our community-based approach, which seeks to promote sustainability and effectiveness by championing community leaders and assets. We have undertaken research on the Falkirk area by conducting a risk assessment of youth needs, as well as a social mapping exercise to identify major assets and influential organisations (including schools, agencies, organisations, and religious groups). The risk assessment and social map will be used by the advisory committee and our team to inform the development of the girls’ club.
Contact Stuart Duffin to get involved in the Falkirk Community Advisory Committee.