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 of £1,000 for the Inspiring Young Woman award winner.
The aim is to now allocate funds to a wider audience in this age group. From 2018, The Inspiring Women Association in conjunction with the Foundation will be supporting and funding projects benefiting young women in the area. One such beneficiary is the ‘Pretty Tough’ girls project at Warrington Youth Zone.
“The generous funding secured through the Inspiring Women Foundation enabled us to deliver our 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. Session topics were introduced by the staff but were often further shaped by the needs of the young women within the group who would be involved in designing future sessions and keeping the themes and focus relevant to their own lives. The groups explored topics such as body dysmorphia, eating disorders, harmful relationships, sexual health, period poverty, anger-management, and future career aspirations.”
The Inspiring Young Women Foundation is administered by Cheshire Community Foundation. Charity number: 1143711