Georgia’s Voice: the charity aiming to support young women’s mental health in Cornwall

Gyllyngvase beach, Falmouth | Jay Farrar

COVID-19 and the lifestyle changes that it has brought can have major impacts on mental health.

Meg Wellman spoke to Georgia’s Voice, a Cornwall-based charity aiming to provide safe spaces for young women to talk and feel empowered.

The charity was established in October 2020 by Sophie Alway, in memory of her daughter, Georgia Lee Gallaway, who took her own life in July that year. 

It aims to reduce suicide rates among young women and allow them to realise that they are not alone, reminding them: “You matter.”

It runs small, confidential, and free support groups for young women, giving them the opportunity to talk (or not to talk) and feel listened to. Their vision is for all young women in Cornwall to feel safe, supported, empowered, and understood.

These groups are open to women aged 18-25 and located in several areas across the county, including Falmouth, Truro, and Penzance, with more to come. 

Yazmin from the Falmouth group said: “I was put off coming to Georgia’s Voice for a really long time! I kept thinking: ‘I’ll start next week’, which went on for months! Eventually finding the courage to go, I now can’t imagine life without it—I get really excited for every session. I never felt like an ‘outcast’ there—everyone was warm and welcoming, and it only took a couple of sessions before I felt like part of the family.”

“The sessions are amazing to just get everything out—each week is that weight taken off your shoulders. Even if you don’t feel like sharing, it’s nice to be around such amazing women who understand and are in a similar boat and won’t judge”, she added.

Alongside the support groups, Georgia’s Voice provides a support system tailored to individual needs, including information days and workshops to promote good mental health and positivity, as well as helping with referrals and signposting to professional services.

There are also opportunities to take part in activity days. Katie from the Penzance and Falmouth groups said: “We also go on amazing trips together where we can make memories, grow closer as a group, and just enjoy being young women. I’m so grateful and proud of all my girls and can’t wait to welcome new members in the future.”

She added: “It’s so nice to have this group to go to every week, you don’t have to fit a certain criteria to join or receive help, unlike many other services, it’s a consistent, safe, supportive environment which provides essential support which is great for people like me who struggle massively with change.”

Students can find out more about Georgia’s Voice and its work online.