Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) has awarded grants worth £96,421 to support twelve local projects working with some of society’s most vulnerable women and girls. The charities and community groups have received the grants from the Tampon Tax Community Fund, raised through the levy on sanitary products, which aims to help women and girls experiencing issues such as domestic abuse, sexual abuse and mental health.
Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive at HIWCF said:
This funding supports the smaller charities and community groups that are working incredibly hard to make a big difference to the lives of marginalised women and girls. We know there is a huge demand for these services, as this programme was once again oversubscribed, with funding only meeting 20% of the grant applications received. HIWCF are proud to support the work of these small but vital community organisations and we invite local businesses, families and individuals to join with us to help disadvantaged people during their time of need.
Funding has been awarded to some of the following projects across Hampshire:
- Aurora New Dawn has received £9,967 to help women who have experienced domestic abuse, sexual abuse and/or stalking. As part of the grant, the ‘Strength In Survival’ Project will offer a weight lifting course to work with trauma and the body, to build strength and functional movement, with the support of a professional weight lifter.
- City of Sanctuary Southampton Group has received £6,098 for a Sewing Club providing an opportunity to learn new skills for women who may be facing cultural barriers or social isolation. Many of the attendees face financial, educational, and health disadvantages and the group will create opportunities for friendship and shared expertise between local people and the women and girls seeking sanctuary.#
- Yellow Door has received £10,000 to raise awareness of available services and support women over 60 where domestic abuse has been identified. Research has identified this as a growing area of concern with our ever increasing ageing population.
- Wight DASH has received £9,240 to deliver 60 support sessions, delivered by experienced facilitators, to up to 90 women with high levels of stressful or traumatic Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). These are traumatic events that may have occurred in a child’s life that can affect how they perceive themselves as an adult, interact with others, cope with emotional pain and how they use parenting skills.
The 12 organisations receiving funding are:
Footprints Project Bournemouth £9,785
Making Space Havant £8,994
Break the Cycle Community Interest Company Isle of Wight £6,734
Vectis Radio Community Radio Station Isle of Wight £5,000
Wight DASH Isle of Wight £9,240
SCARF (Supporting Special Children & their Relatives & Friends) New Forest £2,875
Aurora New Dawn Portsmouth £9,967
Good Mental Health Cooperative Portsmouth £10,000
Yellow Door Southampton £10,000
Total = £96,421
Photo: Aurora New Dawn