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Girls Network workshop

CGI helps local girls to reach out to the nation

17 August 2016

With the support of IT services firm CGI, a campaign to increase health and wellbeing among young girls in Bridgend County Borough has now reached out to the rest of Wales to do the same.

Set up by Bridgend County Borough Council’s Active Young People Department (AYPD), the Girls Network is made up of comprehensive school students who want to increase the number of girls who regularly take part in physical activity.

In addition to this, the programme works with girls on issues such as self-esteem and self-confidence, and provides training, skills and experience for when they leave school and seek employment.

After securing support and funding from CGI, the Girls Network recently held an event to showcase how it continues to help boost sport and physical activity participation among young girls. The aim of the event was to share best practice and encourage partners across Wales to do the same within their organisations.

CGI’s Vice President for UK Marketing and Communications, Janine Bailey, who spoke at the event, said: “CGI was pleased to support the Girls Network to be able to put on an event which will give partner organisations the tools to increase health and wellbeing within their own areas.

“The project resonates with our own commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of our employees, and improve gender equality at all levels. We were delighted to be able to join the event to hear about the successes of the programme, and we look forward to seeing up-skilled young women leaving school as a result of the work that is being done."

Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Services and Equalities, Councillor Hailey Townsend, said: “The partnership formed with CGI means that the young girls involved are able to take ownership of the Network and put their ideas into practice.

“The girls were keen to share their experiences and have shown great leadership skills by presenting workshops at the event, making the staff who have worked with them very proud.”

CGI is the official Systems Integration, BPS and IT Outsourcing partner of Team Wales for the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, Australia. This sponsorship is an extension of the support and commitment that CGI provides towards encouraging sporting talent at all levels.

To find out more about the Girls Network, contact the council’s AYPD on 01656 815223 or email aypd@bridgend.gov.uk

Last Updated: 26/08/2016
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