A NEW project has been set up to encourage girls in Kirkcaldy to have more self esteem, after a conference last year revealed Fife’s young women are lacking in confidence.
The one-year pilot project is currently working with pupils at Viewforth High School, with the hope that it can be rolled out to all of the town’s secondary schools in future years.
Set up as an off-shoot from the Girls Out Loud conference which took place last March, the project aims to build self-confidence and develop teambuilding and communication skills.
As part of a year-long curriculum, the group covers everything from confidence and health to communication and work.
One girl who takes part in the scheme said: “I’m now with people and I have made friends, - before I didn’t have many friends.”
Rachael O’Byrne, development worker at the YWCA, which is is running the project with the Integrated Community Schools team, said that, after four weeks, the girls are already seeing the benefits.
She said: “Only one month in and some of the girls are saying they feel much more self-assured and comfortable in their own skin.
“We have done a lot of research which has shown the confidence of young women has become a very big issue.
‘‘It has an affect on every aspect of their lives. This group is already helping to change that.
“By taking part they will get a bronze youth achievement award for their work.
“We are hoping the group will allow them to gain skills they can take back into school and into the work place.”
Rachael added that rolling the scheme out into other high schools next year would provide an excellent opportunity for girls from across Kirkcaldy to become more confident in different aspects of their lives.
As part of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Kirkcaldy YWCA is hosting Women Out Walking.
It is open to women of all ages and abilities and leaves the Linton Lane Centre at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8.
For more information contact 01383 602393.