Girl Talk: celebrating body changes.

Give a young woman the gift of celebrating her transition into womanhood.

It's a sacred time.

My ‘Girl Talk’ programme provides an open and supportive environment that tackles important topics that every young girl is facing, from puberty and body changes to relationships, and much more. The program offers in-depth information about growing up and being a girl but does so in a straightforward way that will make any young woman feel confident, empowered and ready to face life’s challenges.

From a young age, life begins to change, and everything happens so fast. It’s hard for young girls to keep up with their body and emotional changes. When you turn 12, you begin to enter puberty and start having new feelings, as well as new things to learn – and talk about. But often, teens’ don’t feel comfortable to talk about these changes with their parents, due to feeling awkward. That’s where ‘Girl Talk’ can help. The program aims to help young girls and teens feel more comfortable, and prepared for this new stage in life.

‘Girl Talk’ is a four-week programme that provides a safe space for girls aged 12-16 years old to learn and ask questions about their changing body in a supportive, non-judgemental environment.

Over the four weeks, we will cover topics such as menstruation, body image, the influence of media, peer pressure, and sexuality.

  • Each class is 90 minutes.
  • The first half of the session focuses on a specific topic, such as menstruation or sexuality. In the second half, the group does a creative activity together to enhance their understanding of the themes covered.
  • Girl Talk is so much more than just facts and theory. Attendees will learn life skills such as deep breathing, media literacy, body confidence, and decision making.
  • In every class, we will celebrate many great things about being female. The girls will also plan their own celebration for the end of the course.

Girl Talk is a safe, confidential, and fun space for girls to explore and celebrate this unique time in their life. It’s designed for girls to attend alone or with friends, without a parent or caregiver.

Many girls talk to their parents less around adolescence. They often turn to places like social media or the internet – even if they have a close relationship with the adults in their life. Girl Talk can provide the answers to some of their burning questions in a fun, honest, safe way.

With 15 years of experience as a midwife, I have an in-depth understanding of women’s health. I’m also not a family member! Girls may be more likely to open up to me and ask questions they may be too embarrassed to talk about with their parents.

Upcoming dates 2022

August: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

August/September: 30th, 6th, 13th, 20th

October/November: 18th, 25th, 1st, 8th

November/December: 15th, 22nd, 29th, 6th

All classes are held at Kotahi Community Centre, Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:30pm.