Jayne Bond

Jayne Bond

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Bognor Regis, England
Girls Journeying Together groups: Bognor Regis, West Sussex

In Girls Journeying Together groups my hope is for girls to feel confident in their uniqueness, to build resilience in their struggles and to celebrate each other’s differences.  I will provide a safe place where girls can feel heard and valued, exploring different topics in open and honest communication.  I will encourage questions from their own natural curiosity and all at a pace that feels comfortable. The girls will be fully supported by me and each other on their journey together – a journey that will prepare them and guide them through the changes and challenges of their preteen years and beyond.

I found my own ‘tribe’ later in life and this work with Rites for Girls offers girls something I would have loved: the opportunity to really discover who I was in a community of my peers.  I imagine how different my younger years could have been if I’d had this…

I live by the seaside with my husband, my son, our lazy border terrier, and a magical cat!  I love nature, and I go on regular adventures with my friends for camping trips and festivals.  Being a mother myself and having cared for many young girls in my career as a childcare practitioner, I understand the concerns mothers have about being the primary influencer and role model at this sensitive time in a girl’s life.  I feel honoured to be able to provide this support for mothers and daughters at this precious time in your lives.

Contact me with any questions or sign up with your daughter to my free taster session.

Imritpal Hanspal

Imritpal Hanspal

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Birmingham, UK
Girls Journeying Together groups: Birmingham, West Midlands

I am not currently offering Girls Journeying Together groups, please return to the map to find another group facilitator.

Girls Journeying Together groups are a fun and safe space for girls to explore together.  They build a support network and friendships to help girls through the changes which occur during their preteen years and beyond.  Mothers/carers are also invited to be a part of this journey through a parallel mums’ group which runs separately alongside.

I am drawn to this work because I have three daughters, but also because of my own experience growing up.  Belonging to a Girls Journeying Together group would have made a real difference to me.  I want to help girls be confident within themselves, with growing independence as they begin to find their place in the world.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please get in touch.

Grace Brangwyn

Grace Brangwyn

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Brighton, UK
Girls Journeying Together groups: Brighton, East Sussex

I am not currently offering Girls Journeying Together groups, please return to the map to find another group facilitator.

I am delighted to support young girls in preparing for their transition towards womanhood.  Every girl deserves the right to grow up with a positive, healthy sense of her female identity and in Girls Journeying Together we are making this a reality.

In my groups each girl is welcome just as she is, without judgment or expectation.  As the girls get to know each other, I nurture the growing sense of community within the group.  Supported by each other, I guide the girls to explore and reflect upon their experiences of growing up and look towards the future, in preparation for the extraordinary changes that are to come.  It is my hope that each girl learns to embrace her developing process and emerges with a sense of self worth and a support network that will sustain her throughout what will be one of the most vulnerable stages of her life.

I am a seeker of meaning and a lover of life.  When I look around, I see the beauty as well as the damage we have done to each other and our earth.  The wild dreams in my heart keep me busy plotting the creation of a more beautiful world and the rhythm in my feet keep me dancing most days.  Alongside my role in Rites for Girls I work as a massage therapist and a waitress.  I practice a lot of meditation, laugh a lot with my friends, ponder the miracle of existence and then go to bed.

Anna Silver

Anna Silver

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Reigate, England
Girls Journeying Together groups: Reigate, Surrey

At Rites for Girls we help girls develop a healthy sense of self as they move towards womanhood.  I believe that if girls feel good about themselves they will grow into the women that they wish to become.

Girls Journeying Together groups are safe, fun and supported spaces where girls can meet, knowing that they will be heard, seen and celebrated for who they are, and where they can explore their hopes and fears as they move through adolescence.  I see the challenges that many women face with not feeling ‘good enough’ so we work preventively by supporting girls to gain greater self-awareness, self-esteem and resilience at a time when they face many changes.  Being surrounded by a strong community of peers and caring adults helps girls to flourish; I know this through my own experience of the power of support and encouragement from women friends.

Over the last ten years I have worked in family support and, most recently, in mental health. I live in Surrey with my husband, 1.5 cats, three (almost) grown-up children and five chickens.

I would love to talk to you more about Girls Journeying Together groups. Please contact me for a chat if you would like to know more about my taster sessions.

Alex Jelly

Alex Jelly

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: London
Girls Journeying Together groups: Islington, London N1

I am not currently offering Girls Journeying Together groups, please return to the map to find another group facilitator.

Hi, my name is Alex.  I offer a fun and safe space where girls can talk together about growing up.  I wish I’d had a Girls Journeying Together group when I was a young teen – it would have helped me find my feet at a sensitive age.

I offer a heartfelt place where the girls can share.  They feel the support of their mothers who meet together at the same time.  I am excited about Girls Journeying Together and I hope you and your daughter are too.

Alex is not currently running Girls Journeying Together groups, please check our map for your next nearest facilitator.

Rhiannon Silver-Gilmore

Rhiannon Silver

Accredited Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: York
Girls Journeying Together groups: York

I am passionate about the work of Rites for Girls and believe that girls thrive as they make the transition from girl to woman if they have the guidance of a strong female community around them.

The groups I facilitate are the beginnings of helping girls emerge into adulthood as strong, sure, capable young women and I am honoured and very excited to offer this to girls aged 10-12 in Yorkshire.

Our journey is fun, creative and heartfelt. Together the girls practice being true to themselves, learn about puberty, share their hopes and fears and begin to understand what it is to be with themselves – liking what they see. Lifelong connections are formed and over the year mothers make their own parallel journey together, gaining support and creating a close circle of women that the girls feel around them during their journey. This is such a powerful experience to give our girls and I absolutely love being a part of it.

Before starting a family, I worked as an artist, gallery curator and artists’ professional development facilitator. I specialised in working with emerging artists, providing practical support and guidance but also helping them to begin to see and believe in themselves as professional artists. It was with this work that I first found my love of supporting people in transition and when, after a period of full-time mothering, I heard of the opportunity to train as a Rites for Girls facilitator I jumped at the chance. I offer Girls Journeying Together groups from my home in York, which I share with my husband and our daughter and a cat.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about Girls Journeying Together.

Karen Smith

Karen Smith

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Canterbury, UK
Girls Journeying Together groups: Canterbury, Kent

I live in Canterbury with my partner and have recently graduated from Christ Church university with a master’s degree in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred.  The topic of my dissertation and research is menstruation, menstrual rites and an enquiry into the growing trend towards menstrual suppression in teenage girls and young women.

I love being in nature and often spend time walking in the local woodlands or enjoying the river Stour.  I work part time for a local charity who support women.

My own transition into woman hood was not easy and I have been on a long journey to discover my authenticity and well-being.  It would have made a real difference in my life if I’d had a mentor or guide to help me through some of the trials of transitioning into adulthood.  I offer that support for girls in the Kent area, hopefully enriching their experience and helping them to become integrated and healthy young women.

Cathy Roos

Cathy Roos

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Milton Keynes, UK
Girls Journeying Together groups: Milton Keynes

At various stages in my life I have been a daughter, sister, teacher, wife, mother, magistrate, pilot and psychotherapist!  Despite this long list, I believe there are still things I have missed out on and will continue to explore.  Working as a child psychotherapist, I see in detail how the challenges and traumas that young people experience shape their future, sometimes inevitably.  My work aims to provide an alternative, more positive future for the children I encounter and to challenge that inevitability.  I am excited about creating an positive environment and safe space for young girls who are negotiating the physical, emotional, academic and social challenges of adolescence.  Women are the most common primary caregivers, and empowering young girls and future mothers will enhance the whole community.

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Johanna Bramham

Johanna Bramham

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Nottingham, UK
Girls Journeying Together groups: Nottingham

Growing from girl to teen is a really important change. I think the journey from girlhood into adulthood can be one of the most important transitions we make in our lives.  We can build from there into our adult lives; our relationships, the sense of our strengths and how we aspire to use these in our lives.

I offer girls the space in Girls Journeying Together groups to be who they want to be, to grow their friendships and to take time to talk about what’s ahead for them with these friends.  For mums and carers of these girls, I offer the opportunity to grow their sense of community and support around them as a parent/carer.

Over a decade of experience in women’s development training in a UK university has demonstrated to me how important learning, guidance and inspiration can be from other females. And how valuable it can be to have mentors and ‘sisters’ alongside us. Whilst working in Higher Education, I have qualified as an instructor for Mental Health First Aid training which provides preventative and crisis support.  Also, as a mindfulness teacher and a coach.

I have lived in Nottingham with my daughter and my husband for many years (always with a pair of black and white cats!) And, I’d still consider myself a ‘Yorkshire lass’ because this is where I grew up.  What I like best in life is to be out on the water in a canoe or walking in woods. I may have inherited this from the women in my family. (Mary, one of my great grandmothers was a lighthouse keeper on the Welsh coast for most of her life). The East Midlands may be a bit of a long distance from the sea but we do have incredible trees and forests!

Please email me if you have any questions about Girls Journeying Together groups in or near Nottinghamshire.

Jessica Shaw

Jessica Shaw

Accredited Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Winchester, UK
Girls Journeying Together groups: Winchester

My name is Jess, I have three daughters and I am one of three daughters.  I am passionate about the work of Rites for Girls.  I believe every girl has the right to experience a safe and nurturing transition to womanhood.  Through girls journeying together groups, girls and their mothers will go on a journey which will equip the girls with a firm foundation from which they will be able to navigate the years ahead of them.  They will feel empowered to make decisions that are right for them, as they begin a journey towards discovery and acceptance of themselves.  Ready to face a world of conflicting messages telling them who they should be.

Before I started a family I worked as a corporate fundraiser for a deaf charity and a young persons homeless charity.  I then became a secondary school history teacher.  I decided not to return to teaching after I had my first daughter.  When the opportunity to become a girls journeying together facilitator came up, I jumped at the chance.  I look forward to taking the journey with you.

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