Young CBHA residents in a garden

School grades, behaviour and attendance have all improved among the girls who took part in CBHA’s mirror image programme.

School grades, behaviour and attendance have all improved among the girls at Rush Croft Sports College, Chingford, who took part in CBHA’s 21-week Mirror Image all-female programme there.

The girls invited to join CBHA’s self-development project for young people say they are now coping with school and life better, can deal with their anger and feel good about themselves.

Rush Croft assistant head teacher Lee Baker said: “Mirror Image has helped them develop their socialisation skills. They are now better able to manage conflict and see where issues may arrive. Their behaviour and attitude has improved.”

He said the girls’ attendance had got better too.

“The programme gave us the results we had hoped for and, after this success, we would look forward to working with CBHA and running Mirror Image again in the future,” added Mr Baker.

CBHA youth development officer Judy Griffiths who ran Mirror Image there for is still supporting the girls who contact her if they need to talk to her. 

The programme’s aims are to increase communication and social skills, improve self-esteem and encourage team work among the girls taking part.

Mirror Image, for girls aged between 13 and 18, has now returned to Walthamstow and there are still places available.  Headliners is doing an introduction to journalism as part of the course. Anyone interested in finding out more can ring Judy on 020 7922 8525.