Local women’s projects miss out on funding

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Barbara Brown from Bristol Women’s Voice which received £7,705 to train community facilitators to work with Bangladeshi women.

Quartet Community Foundation, who distribute the Tampon Tax Community Funding, have today announced that six out of seven local women’s projects missed out on funding, as demand for funding for projects for women and girls far outstrips supply for the second year running.

Quartet’s Chief Executive Sue Turner said: “It’s very worrying that so many of the groups who applied will go without funding. These local grassroots groups need our support. They’re facing a significant increase in demand for their services, yet many women’s organisations reported a drop in income in 2018.

“Women and girls face disproportionate disadvantages and we must act now to support these vital groups that improve life for women in the West of England.

“We’d love to support more projects for women and girls and want to work with more philanthropists to make this happen.”

Six grassroots groups working in Bristol, B&NES, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire were successful and receive grants of between £7,000-£10,000 to help support local women and girls facing challenges.

Quartet’s Sue Turner said: “This funding supports the groups on the ground that are making a real difference to the lives of women and girls. We know there is huge demand out there for these services and are proud to help small organisations working in our community to get vital funding, which otherwise they may miss out on.”

Factfile – the need to support women and girls

·         Six groups received £55,338 Tampon Tax Community Funding

·         The local Tampon Tax Fund could only fund 1 in 7 applications, meaning many vital projects are missing out on support

·         80% of women’s groups reported an increase in demand for women-only services, none reported a decrease in 2018 (Women’s Budget Group)

·         86% of the burden of austerity since 2010 has fallen on women (Women’s Budget Group)

·         The income of 41% of women’s organisations reduced in 2018 (Women’s Budget Group)

In Bath, VOICES received £9,928 to offer a specialist user-led counselling service for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse in Bath and North-East Somerset. VOICES’ Director, Ursula Lindenberg, said: “Addressing the profound impacts that domestic and sexual abuse have upon mental health and wellbeing can be a crucial step towards sustained recovery and the opportunity to rebuild and thrive. We are enormously grateful to Quartet Community Foundation for supporting this free, dedicated service for our clients.”

Bristol Women’s Voice (BWV) has received £7,705 to train community facilitators to improve access to health services, raise confidence, and reduce isolation among women from Bangladeshi backgrounds. BWV’s Director, Barbara Brown said “We are hugely appreciative to Quartet Community Foundation: the significance of this grant funding enables us to further establish partnership work with Bangladeshi women to positively impact health inequality outcomes.  We aim to support the targeted delivery of key health messages to Bangladeshi women by Bangladeshi women, reduce social isolation, encourage peer-led engagement whilst increasing women’s skills.”

See the full list of local projects who’ve received Tampon Tax Funding through Quartet Community Foundation

·         Greenhouse Bristol received £10,000 to offer weekly therapy sessions to 13-18 year old girls affected by sexual abuse.

·         Autism Independence received £7,705 for a programme of wellbeing activities for women of Somali background who are caring for autistic children.

·         Mothers for Mothers received £10,000 for one-to-one support for mothers coping with severe mental health problems and other disadvantages.

·         VOICES received £9,928 to offer a specialist user-led counselling service for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse in Bath and North-East Somerset.

·         Womankind received £10,000 to run a befriending project for isolated women in Bristol living with enduring mental health issues.

·         Bristol Women’s Voice received £7,705 to train community facilitators to improve access to health services, raise confidence, and reduce isolation among women from Bangladeshi backgrounds.