The Inspiring Young Women Awards came of age in 2010 after 18 years of celebrating amazing female achievement. To mark the anniversary, its founder Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy launched The Inspiring Young Women Foundation to support the winners of The Inspiring Young Women Award.
The Award, which is open to 16-25-year-olds, hopes to inspire the next generation by recognising those young women who have beaten the odds to achieve their dream; been inspirational to others; set up businesses or are overcoming obstacles to pursue their career. Initially, The Foundation funds an annual bursary for the Inspiring Young Woman award winner.
In 2019, the Foundation supported a 6 month project at the Warrington Youth Zone.
“The generous funding secured through the Inspiring Women Foundation enabled us to deliver our ‘Pretty Tough’ programmes for vulnerable girls and young women between April and December 2020.
The core aspect of the ‘Girls Group’ programme consisted of a group of young women between the ages of 14-19 attending weekly support sessions. The sessions focused on confidence-building, self-esteem, and emotional wellbeing. The groups explored topics such as body dysmorphia, eating disorders, harmful relationships, sexual health, period poverty, anger-management, and future career aspirations.”
In 2020/2021 the Foundation opened its funds for emergency COVID projects aimed at the core age group of 16-25 years.
The Inspiring Young Women Foundation is administered by Cheshire Community Foundation. Charity number: 1143711