GLO pilot scheme hailed a success

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A new pilot project specifically designed for young girls in Wakefield has been hailed a success.

GLO or ‘Girls Learning Opportunities aims to encourage self esteem and education among those aged between 11 and 16.

Based at the St George’s Community Centre in Lupset, the nine week course was funded by local partners.

It incorporates practical exercises around the girl’s interests, as well as inputs on issues such as alcohol, smoking, rape, sexual assault and child sexual exploitation.

Last Friday June 21, all those who completed the programme attended a presentation evening.

Sue Widdowson of West Yorkshire Police worked to deliver the pilot and said it has been extremely well received.

She said: “Sixteen girls have been involved in the course and many more are already waiting to join the next programme.

“It is uniquely geared around the requests and interests of the girls, their choice being health and beauty.

“Weaved in among the practical elements of this course are discussions on the important issues which can be potentially faced by young girls of this age range.

“The aim was to re-evaluate their career aspirations and encourage them to consider further education. Throughout, there was one hundred percent attendance.”