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Initiative to inspire young girls in Bromley celebrates one year anniversary

PUBLISHED: 16:32 23 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:25 24 February 2017

Mayor of Bromley Cllr Ian Payne also attended the event on Saturday

Mayor of Bromley Cllr Ian Payne also attended the event on Saturday

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Us Girls aims to encourage self-confidence through a series of workshops and activities

The event at Azelia Hall, BeckenhamThe event at Azelia Hall, Beckenham

A community project aimed at inspiring young girls and women around Bromley is celebrating its one year anniversary.

Run by performance academy Love2Dance founder Danielle Blenman, Us Girls aims to increase self-confidence through the medium of dance. The initiative also provides low-cost or free workshops, events and activities for young girls aged 11 to 25.

Founder of Us Girls Danielle Blenman with special guests at the one year anniversary eventFounder of Us Girls Danielle Blenman with special guests at the one year anniversary event

Marking a year since their launch, the Us Girls project ran an event at Azelia Hall in Beckenham on Saturday (February 18) with special speakers and guests.

According to mother-of-two Danielle Blenman, the Us Girls project has engaged over 50 different girls over the borough since it started a year ago.

“I have two daughters myself, and I wanted to do more than just offer dance classes and empower girls in different ways.

“We dance around themes that could affect girls, including domestic violence, discrimination and bullying.

“But we’ve also been running a number of different workshops promoting self confidence and body image.

“A lot of the girls are from deprived backgrounds, where we can offer them counselling, mentoring and development.”

Speaking of the event on Saturday, Miss Blenman added:

“We had the Mayor of Bromley come down and speak about great women and women empowering each other, and he also stayed to watch the dances.

“The girls also had their parents, brothers, and sisters come to the event, and it was good to have men there to encourage them too.

“Since we started a year ago I felt like the girls have grown a lot more confident and like the idea of inspiring other women.”

Us Girls runs free dance sessions every Thursday at Penge Baptist Church, which are sponsored by housing association Affinity Sutton.

As the group is self-funded and relies on fundraising and donations, the group have started a crowdfunding campaign aiming to raise £2,000 to cover workshops and classes throughout the year.

Us Girls’ next free workshop focusing on self confidence building will be held at Penge Baptist Church on March 16 at 6:15pm.

To donate, go to http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/us-girls-l2d

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