Girls Allowed

Working with girls aged 8 to 18 to build confidence and raise awareness of the risks associated with alcohol and other drugs.


Location: Edinburgh and the Lothians, Scotland
Demographic: girls and young women aged 8 to 18
Delivery setting: youth groups; communities; schools
Years active: 2019 –
Contact email:
Keywords: girls; women; youth; communities; schools; Scotland






What is GAP?

GAP is an exciting new project for girls and young women between the ages of 8 and 18 from South West Edinburgh. It is delivered by Mentor UK in partnership with MOJO and aims to support young women to develop confidence and self-esteem through a focus on health and wellbeing. GAP takes an interactive, needs-led approach to skill building in the areas of positive decision-making and communication, mindfulness, mental wellbeing and physical health. It also incorporates a component raising awareness of the risks associated with alcohol and other drugs.

Who is GAP for?

The Girls Allowed Project is for girls and young women, who have difficulty engaging at school, have had contact with social work or live in care, who have had contact with the youth justice system, or just need some additional support. It is open to girls and young women between the ages of 8 and 18, with younger girls able to participate in an adapted, age-appropriate programme.

What does GAP look like?

GAP runs for 17-weeks, with flexibility built in to this period. It is split into two main phases:

Phase One is a 12-week programme delivered in partnership with MOJO. This focuses on young women’s health and wellbeing, mindfulness and building confidence.

Phase Two is a 5-week programme delivered by Mentor focused on raising awareness of the risks associate with alcohol and other drugs. It also supports young women to develop their communication, problem-solving and healthy relationship skills.

Certification and ongoing engagement opportunities

All GAP participants are invited to register for their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award at the beginning of the programme and use the different elements to meet the requirements of the award. At the end of 17-weeks, participants will have the opportunity to train as peer-educators and deliver substance use education in a youth club or other community setting. Participation in GAP is also intended to lay the foundation for ongoing engagement with Mentor UK, providing a range of opportunities to further develop skills, knowledge and experiences that promote personal development.

For more information, or to make a referral, please contact Debra Anderson at:


tel: 07738865577