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Zoe Sheppard CEO of Cheshire Community Foundation
Zoe Sheppard CEO of Cheshire Community Foundation

Grassroots groups working in Cheshire and Warrington will get much-needed grants worth over £44,000 to help support local women and girls facing a range of challenges.

Six projects will receive grants of between £5,000 – £10,000. This is the second time Cheshire Community Foundation has awarded groups money from the Tampon Tax Community Fund to help women and girls experiencing issues such as period poverty, domestic and sexual abuse and mental health.

Collectively as a network, UK Community Foundations is one of the UK’s largest grant-makers and was asked by government to ditribute the largest share of the funding raised through the levy on sanitary products through its network of community foundations.

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A total of £6.9 million has been awarded nationally to grassroots groups in the two rounds of funding.

Zoe Sheppard, CEO of Cheshire Community Foundation, said: “This funding supports the groups on the ground that are making a huge 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 access vital public funding which otherwise they may miss out on.”

Cheshire Community Foundation is highly experienced in ensuring funding for communities is spent responsibly and grants are monitored to ensure they meet their outcomes.

CCF also provides help and advice to those who want to give at the heart of their communities, both now and in the long-term, by matching donors to important local causes.

The six projects being funded in the county are:

Warrington Youth Club – awarded £9,433

Based in the heart of the town centre, Warrington Youth Club, established in 1952, inspires young people by offering them opportunities to gain, increase and develop their skills. They will spend the funding on a personal development programme called ‘Wondrous Wellbeing’ which will help 300 vulnerable young women aged 16-25. The programme includes weekly activities such as girls-only gym sessions with education on body image, nutrition and sleep; a multi-sport programme including visits from local sportswomen; dance sessions; arts & crafts themed projects to explore women’s empowerment; positive life skills activities tackling personal care, cooking and financial inclusion; and performing arts to explore issues such as online safety, abusive relationships, self-harm and drug and alcohol awareness.

CVS Cheshire East, Crewe – awarded £5,920

CVS Cheshire East will use their grant to develop their ‘Vibrant and versatile women in volunteering’ programme. CVS will gather inspirational stories of women in volunteering and use these to encourage and support other women to volunteer in Cheshire East, specifically targeting women from black and minority ethnicity communities, women building employability and women wanting to enter trustee roles. The grant will support 15 women into volunteering and a further 20 through its empowerment network. They will showcase the work of the project through an International Women’s Day event in March 2021.

Motherwell Cheshire CIO, Crewe – awarded £9,652

The Bright Stars mentoring programme was set up to help combat social isolation and recruits women over the age of 50 who have valuable life skills and experience to inspire younger generations of women. The grant will help fund a volunteering and training co-ordinator who will recruit, train and develop the mentoring programme in the towns of Crewe and Winsford.  A pilot project proved a success in helping to support the mental health of two cohorts of women.

Passion for Learning, Ellesmere Port – awarded £7,800

Passion for Learning will use the grant to help fund several ‘Empowerment through Enrichment’ workshops for women who reside in the refuge. The training will enable attendees to learn how to best support their own child’s learning needs and enable them to acquire the skills and motivation to become competent learners at school. The workshop will be offered 3-4 times in the year and will benefit 45 women.

Chapter (West Cheshire), Ellesmere Port – awarded £6,160

Chapter, which supports adults in West Cheshire experiencing severe mental health issues, will use its funding to deliver two 6-week mental wellbeing courses to 32 expectant mothers experiencing mental health problems. Their project BUMP (Boosting Up Mum’s Powers) helps women to be ready for the challenges of parenthood and aims to reduce the chances of poor mental health affecting them or their children. They will work in partnership with Milestone Mums, a local community group focusing on the mental wellbeing of mothers of young children.

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre, Chester – awarded £5,853

Based at Storyhouse in Chester, this dance theatre charity supports those in recovery from addiction to transform their lives. The funding will bring a group of 12 women in recovery together in a series of dance and wellbeing workshops to explore and articulate issues that have affected their lives.

www.cheshirecommunityfoundation.org.uk

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