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Project gives teenage girls lessons in life

LIFE LESSONS... Helen Bowman, right, and Nicola Common from Bright Futures with a class of Year 10 girls from Boldon School.

LIFE LESSONS... Helen Bowman, right, and Nicola Common from Bright Futures with a class of Year 10 girls from Boldon School.

TEENAGE girls have been given lessons in life by a young women’s project.

Bright Futures has been working in partnership with Boldon School to deliver an alcohol and risks toolkit to pupils in Years 10 and 11.

The organisation, based in John Williamson Street, Laygate, South Shields, works with young women in South Tyneside to raise their self-esteem and confidence around a range of issues which affect them.

It provides them with opportunities to take part in fun and positive activities alongside their friends, and gain qualifications in areas which are of interest to them.

The aim is to make sure all young women should be treated fairly and have equal opportunities.

It also provides peer education and volunteering opportunities.

Louise Baty, pupil progress leader and PE teacher at Boldon School, in New Road, Boldon Colliery, said: “The students have completed 10 sessions aimed at increasing their skills and making informed choices around a range of issues which affect them.

“The toolkit is accredited through the Open College Network and will form a part of the students’ record of achievement files.

“These students have been engaged in further out-of-school activities, which include working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

“They are also working in partnership with Options Women’s Support Service, which helps women and children affected by domestic abuse, to fill shoeboxes for the children to be given the week before Christmas.

“This winter, Bright Futures is hoping to collect as many shoeboxes as possible for the shoebox appeal and help make Christmas special for those children less fortunate.”

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