Leading North West businesswomen were invited to Parliament this week to learn about and contribute to a new initiative from the UK’s leading youth charity, The Prince’s Trust. Women Supporting Women invites those from a range of sectors across the UK to help the charity provide the right support to nurture, inspire and empower the young women that it works with.
The discussion, held at the House of Lords and hosted by Baroness Ruth Henig OBE DL and Suzana Sheldon-Edwards DL, was attended by Nichols chief executive Marnie Millard, barrister and founder of Women in Law, Sally Penni, property developer and Managing Director of Hurlston Hall, Aoife O’Brien and Alison Chesworth Head of Business Development at ecommerce strategist EKM.
The Trust’s 2018 Youth Index revealed that the overall wellbeing of young people in the UK has fallen to its lowest level since 2009, with the confidence and self-belief of young women in particular alarmingly low. Women Supporting Women is encouraging donations, corporate fundraising and one-to-one mentoring to help it reach more than the 23,000 young women each year it currently supports.
This year marks 60 years since the Life Peerages Act 1958 received royal assent and allowed women to sit in the House of Lords for the very first time – a fitting anniversary for the occasion.
As well as share more about the initiative, it was an opportunity for representatives from The Trust to build new relationships with influential women from the North West, and to share their upcoming plans for the region.
Clare Crabb, North Regional Director at The Prince’s Trust, said: “The incredible support we receive through initiatives and collaborations like this allows us to continue to do the work we do, as we strive to connect with those hardest to reach and achieve our goal of helping one million more young people over the next 10 years to live, learn and earn.”
Baroness Ruth Henig OBE DL said “I was proud and privileged to play host to a group of successful, likeminded businesswomen from my native North West at the House of Lords. It’s more important than ever that we empower the next generation of women to be confident, ambitious and believe in themselves. I was inspired to hear about the Women Supporting Women initiative launched by The Prince’s Trust, and encourage everyone to get involved.”
Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.