We’ve Made a New Pal!Written by The Young Women's Movement
Here at YWCA Scotland – The Young Women’s Movement we have made a new pal, Ypeople! And to mark our exciting new merger today (Thursday 1st February) we are holding an event at the Scottish Parliament which will be hosted by Gillian Martin, MSP for Aberdeenshire East. As two of Scotland’s leading third sector organisations our new partnership with Ypeople will be known as the Ypeople Group.
As you know, The Young Women’s Movement is a feminist organisation which is part of a global movement of young women leading change. As an organisation we work nationally providing safe spaces for young women, delivering workshops on gender equality in schools and we are also piloting a new leadership programme, Young Women Lead.
Ypeople is a Glasgow-based charity which provides support to vulnerable groups and individuals including those affected by homelessness and young people with wellbeing support needs. They provide services, including counselling and mentoring, across Scotland in areas including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, South Lanarkshire and the Orkney Islands.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Dr Patrycja Kupiec, Director of the Young Women’s Movement:
“YWCA Scotland – The Young Women’s Movement is an organisation steeped in history, and while we are proud of our heritage, our main strength is being able to constantly re-invent ourselves and innovate to best represent the interests of young women in Scotland.”
“We want to see young women and girls thrive on a local and global scale, and their voices heard, celebrated, and respected. The partnership with Ypeople will strengthen our position as one of the Scotland’s leading feminist organisations and we are very excited for this next step in our history.”
Joe Connolly, Chief Executive Officer of Ypeople:
“Ypeople and YWCA Scotland already have much in common. The two groups have rich histories dating back more than 100 years but, at the same time, take a modern and outward-looking approach to supporting and giving a voice to vulnerable and marginalised people across Scotland.”
“YWCA Scotland’s team of talented and forward-thinking young women, led by its new Director Patrycja Kupiec, will be an enormous asset to the newly expanded group as we pool our resources to assist people in Scotland who most need our help.”
We are super excited to see what the future holds for The Young Women’s Movement and of course, to share it all with you!