The Girls Network in Partnership with Athena NEHants | Ampersand



2014.10.21 15:50:17

Earlier this year I was invited to the launch of The Girls Network in Portsmouth and have rarely been to such an inspiring event. is an award winning charity, established in London and Liverpool just extending to Portsmouth and Brighton.

The Girls’ Network is a charity that matches girls from low socio-economic backgrounds with inspirational female mentors from all walks of life. It is their mission to raise aspirations and remove the barriers from the girls’ path to success. Having just launched in Portsmouth and Brighton they are busy matching each girl with the perfect mentor for her needs.  TGN run workshops, networking events and experiences that the girl’s background would have never allowed for them otherwise. They are always on the lookout for different ways to inspire the girls.


Of 16 year old girls from the poorest homes:
-      50% achieve no GCSE passes over grade D
-      Less than 6% make it into higher education
-      Only 2% reach the most selective universities

The impact on girls in the Girls’ Network Programme 2012 – 13:
-      100% met their target grades
-      78% exceeded their target grades by at least one level
-      All girls improved their character and score by at least 50%

I immediately identified the synergy between these young women and my fellow members of The Athena Network and began the process of bringing the two together.

I'm delighted to be part of this inaugural event and would welcome you all along.

You are cordially invited to attend a Shopping Day Charity Event to raise money for

The Girls’ Network to support and expand their work in Portsmouth. Join us for an opportunity to purchase the new and exciting Miss Captain and Miss Trend clothing, discover your WOW colours with an image consultant and try your hand at a new craft with Make.


Event Details

Date: Friday 7 November
Venue: Make, 1 Cornwall Road, Fratton, Portsmouth, PO1 5AA
Parking: The roads around Make and the nearby Asda is 2 hours free parking.
Time: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Image Consultant: Frances Bodington
WOW Colours Mini Consultation Booking slots: 10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30, 3:13

Date: Saturday 8 November
Venue: Robin Hill, Goscombe Lane, Gundleton SO24 9SP
Parking: This is a residential property situated 5 minutes from the A31 with free parking in the drive.
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Image Consultant: Catherine Peel
WOW Colours Mini Consultation: 9:00, 9:45, 10:30, 11:15, 12:00, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15

If you are interested in viewing the clothing just drop by. If you want to discover your WOW colours then please call or email Courtney Winstone 07734 944 855 to book yourself in! Places must be pre booked by November 5th.

Your Call To Action

Please forward this invitation to mothers, sisters, aunts, mother-in laws, neighbours and friends who you feel might enjoy this personal shopping experience and help to raise much needed funds for the girls. Courtney would also like to ask if anyone is available to give some of their time to help out during the days. She would very much appreciate an email or phone call.


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