Helping Norfolk’s young women aim higher through innovative new mentoring programme

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Norfolk Community Foundation, together with The Prince’s Trust, is excited to announce the launch of an innovative new mentoring programme to support and inspire vulnerable young women in Norfolk, helping them to take the next step towards reaching their goals.

This one-year pilot initiative, which has received more than £25K of funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, is part of Norfolk Community Foundation’s Together for Women and Girls programme. The Foundation was inspired to set up the programme in 2018 to help local women and girls overcome challenges in their lives and realise their aspirations.

The new mentoring initiative has had an encouraging start. Norfolk Community Foundation has successfully recruited a team of volunteer mentors from a range of professional backgrounds to support and motivate young women who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), or at risk of becoming NEET. Through the partnership with The Prince’s Trust, these mentors are receiving training and will be matched with up to 40 local young women to help them achieve and sustain success in education, employment or training. After evaluating the difference the pilot has made to the lives of these young women it is hoped that the initiative will be extended and rolled out more widely.

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