Welcome Penicuik Y, Our First Affiliate!

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It’s no secret that we here at The Young Women’s Movement have been going through a lot of changes over the last couple of years. In 2014 we took our first steps on a radical, transformational journey in the form of an ambitious five year development plan. Our goal is to bring our work with women and girls into the 21st century, and we are so excited to announce that last month the Penicuik YMCA-YWCA joined us in that goal as our first ever affiliate.

A young woman poses holding a glass award, smiling.

The Young Women’s Movement Director Jackie Scutt summed up all of our thoughts, saying “We are so delighted, at YWCA Scotland, to have Penicuik Y as the first affiliate to our renewed movement for young women. While we have very valuable historic connections, this is an exciting new direction for us all… Together with our affiliated centres like Penicuik Y, we are creating empowering spaces for girls and young women to meet together in groups and clubs, activities and conversations. Working together will have a stronger impact and provide many more opportunities for young women’s voices to be heard, respected and celebrated.”

Claire Gillies, CEO for Penicuik YMCA-YWCA (pictured here holding an award acknowledging the affiliation), agrees: “This is great news for Penicuik Y. The new affiliation with YWCA Scotland is a real feather in our cap and builds on the great work we’ve been doing in mentoring, childcare and youth outreach. Our new Youth Development Worker will be developing and rolling out the YGirls programme in the coming months, making a real difference to young people’s lives across Penicuik and beyond.”

As an affiliated organisation, Penicuik Y will be the first to deliver the YGirls programme beyond YWCA Scotland centres, bringing it to schools and groups in the Penicuik area. The programme is designed to enable girls to realise their full potential as individuals, and encourage them to build new friendships. It will be open to all girls, but there will be a strong focus on girls experiencing poor mental health or well-being, or who have a history of risk taking behaviors and absences from school. This affiliation is the next big step in our goal to deliver high-quality programmes of empowerment to young women and girls across Scotland, and we couldn’t be happier to be taking it with our friends in Penicuik!

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