Supporting women together

The Women’s Fund was established in 1999 by Dame Margaret Barbour, with an initial donation of £250,000 from the Barbour Trust. Dame Margaret had a vision that the Fund would be a collective pool for women to support other women in our region.

The fund supports women-only projects by providing grants to groups throughout Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. Here’s what some of our recent grantees have said to us:

Sunderland Women’s Centre

On behalf of the Sunderland Women’s Centre I would like to thank the Women’s Fund for the generous grant of £2,826 towards the cost of our Speaking and Listerning skills sessions. Your commitment to helping community projects like ourselves is sincerely appreciated.

Josephine and Jack Project

On behalf of the Trustees, and all of the team here at the Josephine and Jack Project, I would like to say a huge thank you for your kind grant offer … Without your support we would not have been able to afford to make a new Josephine.

The group provide sessions to learning disabled women and Josephine is a life size, anatomically correct model that can be opened up to show internal organs for health awareness sessions.

The Jack and Josephine Project


…. We will ensure that it (our grant) is used wisely to provide a meaningful and effective fitness and healthy living programme for young women with, or at risk of, mental health difficulties.

WHIST (Women’s Health in South Tyneside)

It is increasingly difficult to find appropriate funding sources for our work and we very much appreciate your support

Patchwork Project

The grant enables us to not only deliver the services but to develop relationships within the community that all too often help us to offer much more than single areas of support.


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In response to the difficult times in the sector when women's services are under financial pressure, we are seeking to increase the Fund. Anyone can donate to the fund; all gifts are welcome large or small. Please do give what you can to help support other women.

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