Sunday, 22 April 2018

In Women We Trust -The Young Women's Trust

Imagine feeling alone. 

Imagine waking up and not knowing if you can afford a cup of tea. 

Imagine not having the opportunity to get the job that you want, because you just don't have the right qualifications.



Well, for many young women, aged between 16 and 30, they don't have to imagine this, they have to live it. Statistics suggest that this is in fact a reality for 800,000 (11.1%) young people. These young people are stuck in this situation of being neither in eduction, employment or training. They are unable to earn themselves a wage and fulfil their true potential. This is not because they don't have the ability or the intelligence to do so, but simply because they don't have the opportunity. 

This situation cannot be ignored. How can we allow so many young people with potential to be forgotten? To be denied the opportunity to earn a wage which would enable them to support themselves. The problem often begins in school, with these young people, specifically women, not enjoying the experience. They develop such negative connotations for education which can cause them anxiety about continuing it further. Often they feel as though they have nobody to speak to and confide these fears in. Nobody to turn to for advice and support, and often the only option becomes dropping out or to not even try. So, how can this be tackled?

Well, this is where The Young Women's Trust comes in. The 'Work it Out' Coaching is simply an incredible initiative, with the sessions being tailored for each individual young women. The sessions can be focused on building confidence, job applications, and  basically any other issue you may face as a young woman growing up! I love that they are focused entirely upon the young woman, with the sessions being done over the phone, Whatsapp, or even e-mail if that is what's best, meaning that you don't need to meet anybody face to face, and are available evenings and weekends.
The Young Women's Trust run a special service to try and help prevent these situation from escalating further, instead providing an outlet for these young women to voice their fears and worries, and come up with ways to tackle them head on!

Now, that is what The Young Women's Trust do, but what can you do to get involved and help? As a student it can be difficult to consistently donate to charity, when every penny has to be accounted for and managed. This in itself can be a cause of stress, wanting to do something to help, but not quite having the money to do so. The Young Women's Trust is aware of this issue, and as a result have a variety of different ways for you to make a difference! 


My favourite has to be their slogan t shirts, with the powerful statement, 'In Women We Trust'. It really isn't often when what your wearing has the power to change a life, but for just £12 you can. Not only do the t-shirts help to raise money for the Young Women's Trust, but they also raise awareness of the charity itself, whilst spreading the message of female empowerment!  
The t-shirt is super soft and is a perfect addition to any wardrobe, so if you want to do just one thing then buy a t-shirt, and spread the word. 

Another great way to help is to shop. Yes, you heard me right, to shop! This is called, 'Give as You Live', and all that you have to do is sign up and shop all of your favourite things, and by using their links a small commission is donated to the charity! No need to spend anything that you wouldn't necessarily be spending, yet the Young Women's Trust will thoroughly benefit from this donation. This is such a great concept and really allows you to support charity in everything you do. 

Lastly, there is good old fashioned fund raising! The Young Women's Trust have a pack which you can download with some really fun and unique ways of raising both money and awareness for them. The Gender Pay Bakesale is a fun twist on the traditional bake sale, by highlighing the significance of the gender pay divide. Highlight how far we still need to go to achieve equality by holding a gender pay gap bake sale. On average, women earn 18% less than men. So at this bake sale, suggest that women pay 18% less. If a cake costs £1, men can donate the full price, and women can donate 82p



So, what are you going to do to get involved?

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