In 2015, The Shine Project continued to support girls aged 11-18 who are vulnerable or at risk across inner South Leeds. This year has been a fantastic year for The Shine Project as we have supported over 50 girls each week through one to one mentoring, courses and groups.
Highlights from 2015 included our very first residential with the girls from Cockburn High School, 6 girls self-esteem courses, our thriving after school clubs, 10 girls taking part in a 5k Race for Life run raising over £200 for Cancer Research and our new community/charity focused Switch Group volunteering with a refugee clothing appeal and putting on a brilliant Christmas party for all the girls and their families involved with Shine.
In late 2015, The Shine Project underwent an external evaluation to see what difference the project was making int he local area. The process involved speaking with young people, parents, schools, social workers and other stakeholders.
We were delighted with the feedback as all parties described the positive impact, real value and for some of the girls, life-line, they had found through being part of Shine.
Before Shine, I felt like my life was destroyed, that I would never make any friends and that I was worth nothing. Since coming to Shine I have made friends and I felt a lot happier than before and then things were going better at home as well and I now feel like my life has been put back together.” – Shine participant
Everyone involved in the evaluation hoped Shine would have the capacity to do more.
My dream or vision for Shine is for them to continue to work with young girls and to expand on the groups and clubs which are run. Shine helps such a range of girls with varying needs and this is something that other agencies cannot provide. In the past, as a school we have had difficulties with other agencies coming into school, this has been in relation to poor attendance, lack of communication etc. This has never been the case with Shine and their service is invaluable. All the girls who have taken part have loved Shine, so thank you to all the ladies!” – Head of Year at Local High School
As our work continues to develop the demand and necessity for such a programme becomes ever more apparent as we get to know more of the difficult situations the girls come from, stories about what they are experiencing and the great need there is for people to stand by them, support and encourage them.