Bushmills Residents and Environmental Forum (BREF) with the support of The French Rooms, National Trust and Therapy Style Studio Bushmills project empowering local community and other local businesses are working together to empower and inspire girls aged 11-17 years to gain invaluable work experience and training in areas including catering, fashion design and event management.
The 12 week ‘Lil Divas’ Community Project, focuses on areas of work that are of particular interest to the girls including training on sports nutrition, health and beauty, hospitality and tourism.
As well as gaining insights into the world of work and how to run a business, the project culminated in a fashion show which was be held in Bushmills on Friday 16 June to kick start the Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival.
Commenting on the project Leanne Abernethy from BREF said, “This is a great project that for the first time ever has brought community groups, local businesses and the National Trust together to provide the young girls within Bushmills the skills and personal development needed to progress into employment and further education.
“There are so many opportunities within the local area for young people as we live in a tourist hotspot and we are able to provide taster sessions within a range of areas that suit the needs of the young people while also giving them an insight into how important the tourist trade is to Bushmills.”
Ciara McClements from the National Trust has been supporting the mentoring with the 14 local girls said, “This has been a fantastic project to be involved in and I have loved working closely with the girls along with the local businesses to offer them advise and strategies to grow them both personally and professionally.
“The girls have put so much effort into the fashion show with all the outfits sourced locally from Save the Children and I am looking forward to seeing it all come together on the night.”