The Girls' Network

The Girls' Network

At a glance


  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Local / community
  • Training / employment support
  • Women
  • Young people

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National - England


Our mission is to inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional role models who are women.

We believe that no girls should have their futures limited by their gender, ethnicity, background, or parental income. We believe that all girls should be supported to realise their ambitions, to discover their self-worth, and to develop their capacity to shape their world and their future.




We partner with secondary schools and colleges across Greater London, Sussex, the South Coast, the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Tyne and Wear, Tees Valley and Merseyside, to match girls aged 14-19 with a volunteer mentor who is a woman.

All our mentors go through an application process and are trained by us in mentoring and safeguarding. Once mentees complete their year-long mentoring journey, they graduate and become part of a lifelong Ambassador Community.

We work with 14-19 year old girls from the least advantaged communities across England, as identified by multiple deprivation indices, isolation and economic disadvantage. Girls are matched one-to-one with a female mentor over the course of a year to develop skills, and open up networks and opportunities that the girls would otherwise not have access to.

The mentoring programme focuses on building confidence in girls, opening their eyes to alternative futures and providing intensive support to enable them to take control of their lives. The Girls’ Network has a proven track record of transforming the lives of the girls that we’ve worked with. All of these girls have been identified to us as facing challenges that they need to overcome, many of these complex and severe.

Girls and mentors meet at least once a month and follow a structured programme, which mentors tailor to the needs of the girls. This is supplemented with networking, workshops and work experience opportunities.

Our impact speaks for itself:

  • 91% of mentees on the programme last year said virtual mentoring had improved their confidence
  • 93% believe their mentor has helped them feel more positive about the future
  • 75% said virtual mentoring helped them focus more on school work

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