EmpowHER

UK Youth’s EmpowHER programme, jointly funded with the #iwill Fund aims to develop and skill up young women and girls to use their voices for positive change.

The project in numbers

£2.9 million

Project spend

5.5 years

Project duration

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To mark the centenary of women’s suffrage, UK Youth’s EmpowHER programme, jointly funded with the #iwill Fund aims to develop and skill up young women and girls to use their voices for positive change – just as their predecessors did 100 years ago.

The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport each invested £25 million seed funding to create the #iwill Fund to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities.​

Established in 2018 to mark the centenary of some women being allowed to vote, EmpowHER is funded by Spirit of 2012 and the #iwill fund. It is delivered by UK Youth in partnership with British Red Cross and Young Women’s Trust.

The programme helps young women and girls lead change in their communities, increase their self-esteem and build wellbeing by providing inclusive and meaningful social action opportunities. To date, more than 1,000 girls and young women have participated in the programme, with 82% reporting improved self-confidence and 75% reporting improved leadership skills.

UK Youth deliver face-to-face activity sessions with young women and girls through their network of youth organisations. The sessions focus on themes of individuals’ rights, empowerment and resilience, as well as activities exploring inspirational women in history. The young women and girls are supported to give back to their community through inclusive and meaningful social action opportunities, provided by the British Red Cross.

EmpowHER addresses the worryingly low levels of wellbeing amongst young women and girls in the UK and support them to have a voice, be heard and give back to their local communities. To date, more than 1,000 girls and young women have participated in the programme, with 82% reporting improved self-confidence and 75% reporting improved leadership skills.

EmpowHER: Legacy

In June 2021 we awarded a further grant of £500,000 to UK Youth. It enables them to test different approaches in the design and delivery of youth social action projects, explore how to make them sustainable and embed best practice into a bigger network of projects.

The grant funds:

  • The delivery of training and resources, including an evaluation framework to 40 youth organisations;
  • Support for six national partners to develop a network to share local knowledge of best practice in youth social action project design and fundraising
  • Resources including a toolkit for sharing widely with other youth organisations to support the delivery of effective and sustainable programmes to embed best practice


Project aims

  1. Improve the wellbeing of young women and girls through social action
  2. Explore different ways to design, deliver and scale youth social action projects

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