Over 40 girls, from four schools in Slough, united on Saturday (7/10) to celebrate International Day of the Girl ahead of the official day on Wednesday.
Hosted at Upton Court Grammar School, and organised in partnership with Thames Valley Police, Slough Borough Council and the Slough Youth Parliament, the event was designed to be an inspirational experience for the students.
The girls, all aged between 14 to 18-years-old, had the opportunity to discuss a range of hot topics such as body image, self-confidence and gender equality with industry experts.
Gilli Coston, a Nero Linguistic Programming practitioner, opened the day with a powerful presentation demonstrating some of the techniques that can be used to nurture trust and confidence. This was followed by a number of interactive workshops to help the students develop new skills including self-defense, CV writing and volunteering.
Later in the day the girls had the opportunity to quiz a diverse panel of local businesswomen about the secrets of their success. Answering questions were career blogger, Charity Mhende, the Director of Nursing at Berkshire East Clinical Commissioning Group, Sarah Bellars, photo journalist, Eliza Hatch and Vice President for Maidenhead and District Chamber of Commerce, Reena Sandhu. The day culminated with unique access to a careers fayre promoting local career opportunities in both the public and private sectors.
Event organiser, Detective Chief Inspector Nikki Pierce from Slough Police Station, said: “The day has been devised to inspire and motivate the amazing young women of Slough.
“We wanted to provide access for the students to discuss issues affecting them, whilst helping them to understand how they can play a positive role in making a difference to their communities.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the students who attended and hope that they feel more empowered as a result.
“I would also like to thank all of our partners including Slough Borough Council, the Slough Youth Parliament, Upton Grammar School and owner of Chalvey Supermarket, Mr Ali, who have all helped to make the day such a success.”
Notes to Editors:
Pupils attended from Upton Grammar School, Slough and Eton Church of England Business and Enterprise College, The Langley Academy and Herschel Grammar School.