The West End Girls (WEGs) are a group of 10-17 year olds from Blackburn and Darwen. The group aim to develop leadership skills and empower the members. The girls inspire and motivate each other creating a positive and affirming atmosphere. The WEGs serve to develop character, self-confidence and social conscious for both the youth and female sectors of the town through a range of activities and campaigns.
Each year a member of the WEGs hosts the One Voice Annual Dinner, in front of an audience of 260 people. The group host a number of high profile visitors including MPs, female leaders within the community, and professional mentors.
The WEGs won three Good Neighbourhood Awards in 2016 through efforts to take care of their community through initiatives such as litter picking, and supporting civic events, including Remembrance Sunday.
Younger members of the West End Girls, aged between 10 and 13, are placed in the Pinks group. They meet most Sundays at 12.30pm in Bangor St Community Centre. The Pinks section aims to be a platform for fun, enjoyment, and creating lasting friendships.
Members of the group who are aged between 14 and 17 are part of the Greens group. They meet most Sundays at 2.00pm. There is focus on empowerment, education and confidence in this group.
All WEGs are encouraged to take part in healthy activities such as clubbercise, boxercise, and cricket, This section is supported by Active Lancashire. Each week the group will focus on a particular activity which encourages young females to be active while maintaining a sense of fun.
To join WEGs, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org