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Single mother holds wellbeing day for teenage girls at Redbridge Library in a bid to counter social media

PUBLISHED: 12:44 05 September 2017

L to R: Sana Rashid, Sophie Smart, Faith Pinamang, Kenyah Johnson, Sumaya Mohamed, and Antonette Bowen, all 16, at a mental wellbeing awareness day held in Redbridge Central Library, on 2nd September, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison

L to R: Sana Rashid, Sophie Smart, Faith Pinamang, Kenyah Johnson, Sumaya Mohamed, and Antonette Bowen, all 16, at a mental wellbeing awareness day held in Redbridge Central Library, on 2nd September, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison

Catherine Davison

Teenage girls spoke candidly about their fears and struggles in an event on Saturday designed to empower them to become successful young women.

Cupcakes at a mental wellbeing awareness day held in Redbridge Central Library, on 2nd September, 2017. Picture: Catherine DavisonCupcakes at a mental wellbeing awareness day held in Redbridge Central Library, on 2nd September, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison

Single mother Franchesca Pinamang, of Newbury Park, was inspired to run the event after listening to her daughter Faith and her friends talk about their problems.

After raising £750 on Kickstarter, she invited 13 teenagers to Redbridge Central Library on Saturday, to hear women talk about mental health, anxiety and more.

Speakers also spoke about body image, social media, growing up in single parent families and the pressures that accompany moving from primary to secondary school.

Franchesca, 39 who is studying counselling at university, said: “We had a fantastic day, it went so well.

Organiser Franchesca Pinamang, left, with fellow speaker Lesley Gyekye, at a mental wellbeing awareness day held in Redbridge Central Library, on 2nd September, 2017. Picture: Catherine DavisonOrganiser Franchesca Pinamang, left, with fellow speaker Lesley Gyekye, at a mental wellbeing awareness day held in Redbridge Central Library, on 2nd September, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison

“If anyone told me when I was a single mum with no money that I would be doing this, I wouldn’t have believed them!

“I’m already planning the next event.”


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