Polly is founded by the woman who launched CALM, the helpline for men and boys.
CALM was piloted in Manchester with the support of the local community, and later launched as a national charity with Tony Wilson, as a founding Trustee. CALM is now a national lifeline for men and boys across the UK.
Jane Powell, CALM's founder, found that there was no-where to send the women and girls calling CALM’s helpline. The callers didn’t feel they had ‘mental health’ problems, or were suicidal, they just needed to talk. Since then Powell, and Polly’s trustees, believe that the pandemic has brought added pressures upon women and girls.
Now the need for women and girls is urgent.
We're launching Polly in Greater Manchester to support women and girls here.
And we're looking to the amazing community
in Greater Manchester for support!
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Polly Greater Manchester Pilot
Thanks to amazing support from the public and donations from Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Salford City Council we will be launching our Polly Greater Manchester Pilot this summer!
Our 3 month pilot will provide a helpline and webchat service for women and girls, and those self identifying as female, from the age of 13 and up in Greater Manchester.
We’ll provide information, support and signposting to local Salford, Bolton, Manchester and Trafford charities/services as well as national women’s services.
Run by and for women, the helpline will offer a safe, anonymous and confidential service, a place to talk through, unburden and find information.