Vision Statement

Our vision is for all vulnerable girls and young women in our community to receive wrap-around, holistic care and support, enabling them to achieve their own personal potential.

Mission statement

Our charity exists to provide a safe and nurturing place for girls and young women aged 8 to 25, where they know they will always feel safe and valued and have access to opportunities for learning and development.

We aim to inspire and motivate them to achieve their best in every aspect of their life including healthy living, personal safety and life-skills; resulting in independent, confident and successful adults.

We do this largely through delivering educational support, group activities and individual tailored support, and will do this in an open, creative and caring environment, while actively supporting and promoting equality and diversity in everything we do.

Our Values

Being child/young person-centred

We enable all girls and young women to speak out to ensure their needs are met and their rights are respected. They play an active role in designing services and every decision is taken with their needs set as the highest priority.

Nurturing the individual

We respect the unique value and contribution of each girl and young woman. We create opportunities for them to fulfil their potential by tailoring our services to meet their needs.

Celebrating diversity

We recognise and look for ways to celebrate the diversity within our groups of girls and young women and the wider community. We actively challenge prejudice and oppression of all kinds.

Striving for excellence

Our girls and young women deserve the very best support. We constantly look for ways to develop and improve our services and of actively involving them in this process.

Developing partnerships

We actively seek out opportunities to work in collaboration with relevant organisations to create better outcomes for our girls and young women.

History and Achievements

1985
1985

LYWRP is launched

We’ve helped approximately 20,000 young women in the 30 years since opening.
1992
1992

Promoting Inclusivity

Ahead of our time, we established LGBT groups in 1992.
1994
1994

Sexual Health Resources

We delivered the SHIFT project: one of the first projects to use a telephone or text service for young people to request sexual health information.
1998
1998

Body Mind Society project

We’ve helped over 30 girls explore and understand their body image via the Body Mind Society project, in which 100% of participants reported improved self-esteem.
1999
1999

Transition projects, holiday schemes and residential trips

Since 1999, we’ve launched transition projects, holiday schemes and residential trips for disabled and non-disabled girls, attended by over 30 girls a day.
2004
2004

Emotional Health Development project

In 2004, we delivered the Emotional Health Development project to over 40 primary schools in Lewisham. We also delivered the Citizenship One project in 30 schools across Lewisham over the course of three years.
2013
2013

Our Alternative Education programme

In 2013, we launched our Alternative Education programme, providing educational placement's for up to 15 girls.

Strategic Objectives

  1. To provide a range of holistic services including mentoring, counselling, training and other support to girls and young women aged 8-25 in order that they develop their physical, mental and emotional capacities. Our efforts are geared towards enabling them to grow as individuals, become outstanding members of the community and support them in improving their life chances.
  2. To formally educate girls and young women, aged 8-25, who through their social and economic circumstances are in need of an education facility where they can gain formal qualifications, which will improve their economic well-being and enable them to make a positive contribution to their community.

Our Team

Philippa Wall
Head of School & Safeguarding League
pwall@ywh.org.uk

Chloe Scott
School co-ordinator
cscott@ywh.org.uk

Emma Moore
emoore@ywh.org.uk

Our Board

Our Funders