EDGE events are certainly a highlight in the calendar for EDGE volunteers and the girls and women we work with. We started the annual two day girls conference in May 2018 seeing 30 people (18 girls and 30 women) attending Treasured Conference in Llandrindod Wells. Due to the success of this event, we returned in May 2019 with Born To Shine Conference and saw numbers in attendance rise again.
After the second girl’s conference, it was decided to take a break for a year from the annual girl’s conference because the current venue did not enable us to be able to expand in number of attendees. The plan was for it to return in a new venue and location in 2021. We did however begin hosting a second day event in South Wales in the autumn of 2019 to the girls and women an opportunity to get together more than once a year and to be able to have more of an impact into their lives.
2020 has seen a major change in the way we do things due to the coronavirus pandemic. The girl’s conference has been cancelled for another year in its current format, due to the current government guidelines.
In September 2020, we are launching two new online monthly Zoom gatherings. 'Voice' for girls in school years 6 - 9 and 'Empowered' for girls in school years 10 - 13. These hourly gatherings will take place during the first week of each month. The leaders of these gatherings are all DBS checked and aware of Child Protection procedures and Internet Safety rules. Each girl will need to have a consent form signed by their parent/guardian to take part in these gatherings. Access to these gatherings will be given on completion of consent forms.
A monthly Zoom gathering for girls (school years 10 -13) to chill with others; to encourage them in their walk with Christ and to inspire them to be who Jesus made them to be.
"Thankyou for our first EDGE day event. Our group were very welcomed and we thoroughly enjoyed it. None of the girls are from Christian homes. They weren't condemned, but they were loved, valued and felt very much a part of the group. They did not shut up for the whole two hour journey home. See you at the next event!"
~ Youth Leader
"Thankyou Lizzy and team for a special two days away with my eldest daughter. You don't realise what you have done for us both. You have given me my daughter back. This is the first time I’ve seen her smile in over four months."
"I got to see my friends again from last year. There was great talks and worship. See you next year!"
~ Young Person
"Just a big thankyou to you all for an amazing Born To Shine event last week. My daughter loved it, and I am so impressed with the organisation, the activities they did, the music and teaching they received and all the lovely gifts they were given or made. Not forgetting the gift of a youth Bible she received. I will be recommending EDGE to all the other Mums and her church friends."