A childcare centre, situated on the interface between the Falls and Shankill communities, was the unlikely setting for the inspiration for GLOW in 2011. As a confidante of the many mothers, Chara Clarke was struck by the stark realisation that, regardless of what side of the peace wall the women were living on, they shared the same challenges.
Stress, anxiety, low self-esteem and family issues were a unifying theme and, according to Chara, best tackled with a collaborative rather than competitive approach
Fostering collaboration not competition
GLOW’s approach is to provide young girls and women with the right skills set and attitudes so they can develop as individuals and reach their full potential.
By living happy and fulfilled lives women and girls are equipped to be influential within their own family and community whilst also breaking down religious and social barriers that have existed for generations.
A range of programmes are offered: LILY an early intervention programme designed for girls aged 10-13; Fearless & Female is for those aged 14-17 and The Real Me targets women aged 18+.
Each programme addresses the age-appropriate need whether that is building self-esteem and self-belief, empowering young women to discover their true identity and purpose and/or the use of life-coaching and cognitive behaviour therapy tools to facilitate goal setting.
When women support each other, incredible things happen
Strong women empower others
In the ten years of GLOW, several hundred women have come through the programmes.
Many have been enabled to find employment or return with confidence to work, some have qualified as life-coaches, volunteered with local community groups or started their own business.
ALL of them have found their voice and are committed to helping others in their community achieve the same.