Caroline Thompson is the inspiring Founder of Girls Without Limits, a WA-based not-for-profit that runs workshops and activities to develop positive wellbeing for young girls. A strong element of the program is based on getting outdoors and being active, given the link between exercise and mental health. We donated a supply of yoga mats to the program and caught up with Caroline to find out more…
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE SENTENCE…
“I love sharing the positives.”
DO YOU HAVE ANY KEY MENTORS OR PEOPLE WHO HAVE INFLUENCED WHO YOU ARE?
“My 2 girls who are my inspiration and our amazing team of committee members, facilitators and volunteers who have helped make this happen.”
HAVE YOU HAD ANY LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES, IF SO WHAT WERE THEY?
“Doing my first triathlon at age 40 and discovering how amazing it feels to be active and challenging yourself.”
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?
“Having a positive influence on the lives of young girls.”
HOW DID THE IDEA FOR GIRLS WITHOUT LIMITS COME ABOUT?
“I saw the lack of opportunities for physical and mental wellbeing activities for my girls as they grew up so thought it best to start something myself.”
WHY IS THIS CAUSE SO CLOSE TO YOUR HEART?
“I have seen the difference such things as practicing mindfulness can have on managing stress, goal setting and self-confidence with my own girls.”
HOW LONG HAS THE PROGRAM BEEN RUNNING FOR?
“We had our first intro day in October 2016 and were then incorporated as a not for profit in March 2017. Our first club opening in January 2018.”
WHAT HAS THE RESPONSE FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY BEEN LIKE?
“We have had an amazing responses with over 70 girls participating in the last school holidays alone. We also get fantastic feedback from parents who already notice a difference and want their girls involved regularly.”
WHAT CHANNELS DO YOU USE TO PROMOTE THIS CAUSE AND ITS PROJECTS?
Our main promotion is via Facebook, however we also use Instagram, a mailing list and local councils to share the information.
Find out more via the Girls Without Limits Facebook page.