On 6 March 2015, Baroness Diana Maddock will address a crowd of leading professional women at the eighth annual International Women’s Day Networking Lunch. The lunch is in aid of the Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and is supported by Hay & Kilner Solicitors.
Lady Maddock, a firm advocate of women’s rights, recently visited Fourth Action to learn how local women are using funding from the Community Foundation to build a women-only workshop in Amble. The project gives women a platform to learn construction skills whilst building a community workshop.
Lady Maddock said on visiting the project:
“’I was delighted to be able to see at first hand a building put up by women who acquired skills during the process. It is very encouraging to see community-led projects such as Fourth Action which address the needs of local communities. There is a common misconception that construction and DIY is a man’s job, but this is not true and projects such as this empower local women by overcoming barriers to learning skills that otherwise may be hard to attain.”
The Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation was established by Dame Margaret Barbour in 1999 to encourage collective philanthropy to support women-only causes in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. The Fund has since awarded over £280,000 to help women to feel safe, supported and confident when confronted by abuse, discrimination and a lack of opportunities. The Fund supports projects such as Fourth Action; however applications to the Fund are often three times higher than the amount of revenue available. Money raised at the lunch will be used to support more women’s projects.
Gill Lowing, Fund Development Manager said:
“When Dame Margaret Barbour established the Women’s Fund it was identified that there was a need for a dedicated Fund to support women-only projects in our community. As the Fund has grown so too has the need and currently we are unable to meet the demand for support. By attending the Women’s Fund lunch you are going a small way to help us achieve our goal of growing the Fund to help more women in our region.”
Alison Hall, Partner of Hay & Kilner Solicitors and Chair of the Women’s Fund Panel said:
“Hay & Kilner is delighted to support the Women’s Fund lunch. As chair of the Women’s Fund Panel I see first-hand the need for women-only provision in our region. This could be counselling or support projects helping women in situations of domestic violence and abuse through to social and skill learning activities which tackle a range of barriers that prevent women fulfilling their potential.”
Tickets for the International Women’s Fund Networking Lunch in aid of the Women’s Fund are priced at £40 which includes a drinks reception with networking followed by a two-course lunch. The event is being held on 6 March 2015 at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.
For more information please visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/womensfund
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