Free2b Girls' provision of a space for girls once a week assists the generation of imagination and creativity enabling hope where it otherwise may not exist..
Many young people in regional Australia experience higher levels of social and educational disengagement than in urban areas, due to factors associated with geographical isolation, low-socio-economic circumstances and challenging personal/ family situations. (Tasmania Youth at Risk Strategy 2017).
In regional areas keeping inspired as a young person can be challenging.
"I'm bored. this place is a hole, there's nothing to do... " are common responses we receive when we visit rural communities and ask girls what life is like.
Free2b Girls groups help enable a process of creation for some girls who may never otherwise get the chance to plant ideas and watch them grow. Even if it's just half an idea that ends up happening or if it doesn't quite happen the way it was envisioned it's still the beginning of an important process of realising that things can happen!
Since 2019, aside from the original St Helens group, 4 new Free2b Girls groups have been set up in Tasmania - in St Marys, Longford, Beaconsfield, Campbell Town - with another 3 in the background waiting to begin.
A group has also been established in Bridgetown, Western Australia and there are sparks of interest lighting up throughout regional areas of Victoria and NSW.