A new self esteem programme aimed at girls aged between 10 and 16 years starts in Ashburton today.
The programme is called Beyoutiful and will run over the next 10 weeks.
It aims to build confidence in girls and will be run by three volunteers and held at youth service hub 193 Youth (193 Burnett Street).
Ashburton youth worker Jenny Reed and Hype youth health centre co-ordinator Janet Hadley will team up to deliver workshops on a range of subjects that will include body awareness, cyber bullying, grief and loss, letting go and giving and receiving.
Fellow volunteer and qualified beauty therapist Lisa Anderson will work with the girls to look at make-up, hair and skin care and will also get hands on with making products like bath balm.
Jenny Reed said word of the Beyoutiful programme had spread quickly on social media and most, but not all, of the 20 places were already filled.
It was a free programme and would run between 4pm and 5pm each week.
There was no formal funding for it.
Organisers were keen for donations of beauty products that could be used on the programme and also for any potential sponsors to get on board, said Mrs Reed.
Donations of part used or new items would go towards the contents of make-up bags given to the girls on the programme.
Items like hair brushes, tooth brushes and wash bags could also be used by the Beyoutiful team.
Donations can be dropped off on weekdays to Mid Canterbury Community House (9am until 4pm), or at 193 Youth (3pm until 5pm).
More information on Beyoutiful can be found on the Facebook pages of Safer Ashburton, Hype and BASE.