Kate Hardcastle (MBE) appointed as the first Voice for WeMindTheGap

6th March 2020

WeMindTheGap have welcomed Kate Hardcastle (MBE) to the organisation as their first Voice. Kate is a highly respected global Business Expert, TV Presenter and a passionate champion for disadvantaged young women, sharing the same values and dedication to providing opportunities in life and work for all young women.

The appointment builds on Kate’s commitment to projects dedicated to supporting and building the confidence of young people. She is the founder of the Positive Image campaign, the Women in Sport North events and a Trustee of the Diana Awards.

Rachel Clacher CBE and Founder of WeMindTheGap comments, “We are all incredibly excited to be working with Kate as our first ever Voice of WeMindTheGap. The lack of provision for young people, who have not always had a steady path in life is disquieting, even more so in 2020. We firmly believe in a world in which every young person, regardless of gender, race, culture, belief and background has the right to real choices in life and work. With Kate as our Voice, we will be finding new ways to enable the amazing young people we support to find the confidence to tell their story and shout louder about the support they need to move from prisoners of circumstance to pilots of their own lives. Since 2014, the charity has delivered programmes for young women, in celebration of our growth and advancing gender equality, we are excited to announce our first ever programme for young men, based in Manchester will start in May 2020.”

Kate Hardcastle MBE comments, “In a world where we have the technology to be more connected that ever, many of us can indeed feel exactly the opposite, and find life to be quite isolating. Through years of research with schools, colleges and with educators – I understand the power of mentoring and the difference self-belief can make to an individual. I am proud to be the first Voice for WeMindTheGap to amplify their brilliant work – but also to help them to grow and expand in their support of young people.”

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day: I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights, coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China in 1995. Over the past two decades since the Beijing 1995 conference, society has no doubt witnessed cultural revolutions and meaningful progression in the campaign to achieving gender equality. Still, in 2020 there is so much more work to be done towards achieving a world where women and men – girls and boys – are treated as equals in both life and the workplace.

WeMindTheGap has independently endeavoured to improve the lives of women since 2014. The charity continuously supports undervalued young women with the potential to thrive and contribute to society, through the delivery of a totally holistic twelve-month programme that comprises 6 months of paid employment followed by 6 months dedicated support and then lifelong membership of the WeMindTheGap family. The employment element includes five varied work placements, one-to-one life coaching sessions, new experiences and valuable qualifications and is then built upon with six months of ongoing focus on wellbeing, confidence and making the next steps in life – whatever those may be.

Founder Rachel Clacher (CBE) and CEO Diane Aplin, are the driving force behind the charity, leading with true passion to make a real change to the lives of young women who deserve better. WeMindTheGap walk alongside young women, progressively unearthing inner challenges and personal setbacks. Through undivided love, trust and care the charity has advised and resolved financial hinderances, supported young women in health-care appointments to ensure proper treatment is received, take a stand against violence and informed good decision-making in all areas of life.

From humble beginnings, WeMindTheGap are proud of the ever-growing Alumni family of over 100 independent, strong women, with 70% moving onto further education or full-time employment. In 2019, the charity was awarded £1.1 million by The National Lottery Community Fund, which, will allow the delivery of up to 16 programmes to 160 young people, in 16 communities across the United Kingdom by 2023.

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