Clued up – empowering girls and educating them about sexual health

by The Young Foundation UpRising Programme

About the project


1st Milestone £1,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Tacking the issues of high teenage pregnancy rates among women from the lowest socio economic bracket – looking at the self esteem issues and lack of aspiration in order to tackle that.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Tower Hamlets is a population characterised by diversity (50% of the population are non -white and 34% Bangladeshi). The birth rate in Tower Hamlets is similar to the London average but 45% of births are to Bangladesh mothers. Tower Hamlets has the 8th highest rates of STIs per 100 000 population in the country (50% higher than the London rate). From a national perspective: Teenage mothers are at increased risk of poverty, low educational attainment, poor housing and poor health, and have lower rates of economic activity in adult life. In the UK • 37% of teenage mothers have no educational qualifications. • Teenage conceptions rates are higher among deprived community. (All from the Tower Hamlets Borough Profile 2010 by the Tower Hamlets NHS)
What is your solution?
Living Well have developed "CluedUp", a programme that has been developed by youth workers with over 10 – 20 years experience of working with the most at risk women. We have adapted this to tackle region specific concerns, in this case working with Muslim Bengali girls. We will deliver this programme over a minimum of 10 weeks to develop a strong network and community for these often very isolated women and girls, it will also be significantly led by their peers which holds often a much stronger message than being from a stranger. It also has the potential to tackle unemployment by employing local youth work apprentices to assist with facilitation of the programme.
How will you deliver this?
It will be delivered in conjunction with the people from Living Well who established the original programme and with support of experienced youth workers. As I work for a grass roots community organisation in Tower Hamlets (City Gateway) I already has frequent contact with the vulnerable women I wish to target. We also have access to free buildings to run the programme – resources are needed to purchase the necessary materials, to feed the girls while they are on programme and cover transport costs and to cover wages for the 2 young apprentices who will assist to facilitate the programme while I will lead it on a voluntary basis.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Check out this link - or follow me @smwebster or @cluedup_london
  • 5 minutes
    Send this link out and encourage other friends to follow or support me! -, why not retweet some of my tweets while you are at it!
  • 15 minutes
    3 x More tweeting and sharing! thanks!
  • 30 minutes
    Share the idea with your network and take some time to send out some information to people – I am happy to send an email you can share with people!
  • A few hours
    Come out on the street with me to talk with people about sexual health!
  • Regular time commitment
    Give me a call – you could come on the programme and support its development!

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Anne-Marie Philip 20 December 2011 - 14:22

Amazing project, hope you reach your target! xoxo

Clare Foster 13 December 2011 - 16:10

Great to see you're going ahead with this Sarah - let me know if there's anything I can do to help :)

Susie Bonner 13 December 2011 - 08:54

This is brilliant Sarah - well done! Hope you reach your target. xx

webbo 12 December 2011 - 22:03

thanks to my bro and Aunty for their donations I have posted. Thanks so much for the support so far but need to hit the target in the next 2 weeks :)

amywoolf 31 October 2011 - 11:43

Good luck Webbo, such an amazing project! xx

Claireby 26 October 2011 - 18:30

Webbo I think it's amazing that you have created and are running this programme and running a marathon (again!) You will make a difference to young people that need educating and are an inspiration. Nearly halfway to your target, I'm sure you'll get there! You make me proud to call you a friend! x

Katharine 11 October 2011 - 02:33

Good luck Sarah - glad to hear you're making progress with the project. Let me know if you want me to put you in touch with anyone from Mulberry once it's up and running, or if I can help in any other way.
Best wishes,

Lindsay 30 September 2011 - 11:29

Webbo - I think this is an amazing project and you have my full support. If there is anything I can do to help (apart from donate which I will gladly do) please let me know. Lindsay xx

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

ABOUT UPRISING & THE YOUNG FOUNDATION The UpRising Leadership programme's mission is to open pathways to leadership for talented young adults aged 19-25 from diverse backgrounds to be future leaders in an increasingly diverse Britain and a globalised world. Our unique programme equips young people with the life skills, knowledge, networks, confidence and power to transform their communities and Britain for the better. UpRising was developed by the Young Foundation to support and train a new generation of public leaders and launched in 2008 in the East London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Tower Hamlets. The programme is now expanding to Birmingham and other major cities across the UK. The Young Foundation, a registered UK charity, brings together insights, innovation and entrepreneurship to meet social needs. They have a track record of over 50 years success with ventures such as the Open University, Which?, the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Healthline (the precursor of NHS Direct). ABOUT “LEND ME A TENNER” “Lend Me A Tenner” is a scheme for encouraging young social entrepreneurs who wish to do something positive to help make a better world. They will go and find people like you who wish to support them by giving them a £10 interest free, unsecured loan to help them get started or do more. You will be investing in them. They will repay you when they can, target is within 2 years, but also with the ideas and energy they put into their project. The programme is co-sponsored by the "Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action" (CIVA) a registered UK charity which helps incubate budding social entrepreneurs and promote community involvement.

Geographical coverage

Within local community (including local council)