For Charlotte Pointeaux, a fresh start in the Southern Highlands was more than a lifestyle change but an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to her community.
Shortly after relocating, Charlotte completed her training as a youth mentor and founded Sister Souls Mentoring, a much-needed service to support local girls.
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Sister Souls aims to empower girls to celebrate all that they are, so they have the confidence and tools to truly shine, live their best lives, and to raise each other up.
Since commencing her service in September 2018, Sister Souls has received fantastic support from families wishing to see their daughters feeling more empowered to deal with challenges such as changing friendships, body image and social media, coping with stress and large school demands.
One parent, Suzie said, “Being a part of Sister Souls, Mother-Daughter event made my daughter feel extremely special.
“She has thanked me multiple times since and has already marked the next date in her diary.”
Ms Pointeaux said “I am very honoured to be providing this service to my new community, and want to support as many girls as possible to have high self-esteem, resilience, and confidence.
“The rates of depression, anxiety, stress and suicide in our young people today is alarming.
“I want to create a space where girls feel like they belong, they can connect with other girls their own age, and discuss their current challenges in a safe, nurturing space.”
With a decade-long background working on university mentoring programs and organising educational workshops, Charlotte is bringing her expertise to Tweens and Teens of the Highlands with two special Summer Holiday workshops this month.
Wednesday, January 16 will be an event for girls 13-17 years and Wednesday, January 23 will be for girls aged 13-17. Both days run from 10am-4pm at the Moss Vale CWA Hall and bookings are essential.
A range of topics will be covered designed to give girls a confidence boost ahead of the new school year.
The aim is to help them celebrate their strengths, natural inner beauty and wisdom, to build healthy friendships and handle stress.
Both days run from 10 am-4 pm at the Moss Vale CWA Hall, and bookings are essential.
Tickets include lunch, afternoon tea, refreshments, all learning materials, a certificate of completion and a quality gift bag.
There is a special rate for two girls coming together, ideal for sisters or friends. Both events can be booked here: www.sistersoulsmentoring.com.au/event.