Projects for women and girls receive a £35,000 boost

We are delighted to announce that we have been able to award almost £35,000 to grassroots groups working in Wiltshire and Swindon to help local women and girls facing a range of challenges.

Eight projects will receive much-needed grants of up to £5,000 for projects which support women and girls experiencing domestic abuse, exploitation, mental health issues, disadvantage, isolation and homelessness.

As one of the UK’s largest grant-giving organisations, UK Community Foundations (UKCF) was asked by the government to distribute, for the second time, the largest share of the funding raised through the levy on sanitary products, to small, local projects, working with its network of community foundations across the country. In total 388 groups across the country will share £3.4 million.

Wiltshire Community Foundation chief executive Rosemary Macdonald said “This funding supports local groups that are making a huge difference to the lives of women and girls across Wiltshire and Swindon. 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.”

Wiltshire Community Foundation awarded grants to the following groups:

  • Trowbridge Community Area Future supports local residents who are most isolated or disadvantaged, to build their personal capacity and create or contribute to positive change in the area. Funding will enable them to set up a Women’s Group.
  • Doorway is based in Chippenham and runs weekly drop-in sessions for homeless or vulnerable adults providing food, activities, support and advice. Funding will be used towards running their group for vulnerable women.
  • Home Start Kennet supports families with at least one child under the age of 5, who are struggling to cope in times of hardship or distress, through trained home-visiting volunteers. Funding will help to support the costs of the vital service they provide.
  • The Parks Volunteer Resource & Retail Outlet is based in Swindon and sells affordable goods to local people as well as providing opportunities for people to volunteer. Funding will enable them to set up a Women’s Group.
  • Reach Inclusive Arts is based in Swindon and provides arts and performance-based opportunities for people with learning disabilities or mental health issues, addressing isolation and discrimination and promoting inclusion. Funding will be used for a programme for teenage girls with eating disorders.
  • STEP in Swindon provides therapeutic intervention work to vulnerable children and young people who are experiencing a range of problems. Funding will go towards #GirlsUnited to provide tailored programmes in secondary schools for girls identified as vulnerable or at risk of exploitation.
  • The Bridge Youth Project Trust provides a range of targeted youth activities for vulnerable or disadvantaged young people in Salisbury. Funding will support the cost of extending their ALICE Course, which helps to build self-esteem and confidence for girls in years 12 – 16, across three new schools.
  • Swindon Women’s Aid supports people affected by domestic abuse, working both in their refuge and in the community. Funding will help meet the costs of a programme of workshops and mentoring to help female survivors of domestic abuse into employment.