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‘TAMPON TAX’ FUNDING BOOST FOR ISLAND ORGANISATIONS


Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) has awarded grants to 14 local projects working with some of society’s most vulnerable women and girls.

Small charities and community groups have received the grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 from the Tampon Tax Community Fund to work with women of all ages, focusing on preventative services for those at risk of crisis. Projects receiving funding will help women and girls get back into work, raise awareness of health issues and help those who may be isolated or lonely to create and develop social networks.

As one of the UK’s largest grant-giving organisations, UK Community Foundations (UKCF) was asked by government to distribute the largest share of the funding raised through the levy on sanitary products in 2017/18, working with its network of Community Foundations across the country to award £3.4 million nationally in grants. HIWCF was oversubscribed in all areas with less than a quarter of the 62 applications for vital projects requesting £533,545 being supported from this stream of funding.

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Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive at HIWCF said:

“We are delighted to be partnering UK Community Foundations on the Tampon Tax Community Fund, set up to help vulnerable women and girls in need. HIWCF is committed to helping disadvantaged people across our region and this grant programme enables us to support a range of truly vital projects run by deserving charities and community groups.”

2 of the 14 organisations are based on the Isle of Wight, including Break the Cycle CIC and People Matter IW.

Claire Collins, AIM Co-ordinator at People Matter IW, has said:

“Autistic women and girls face exclusion and discrimination right from the start of life and without the recognition and assessment for diagnosis, early intervention and support is missed, which can lead to many other problems, including school exclusions, bullying and mental health issues.

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“By providing regular support groups and social activities for autistic women and girls on the Island, we aim to reduce isolation and provide opportunities to build social networks, allowing peers to spend time together, understand their condition and needs and develop a sense of belonging.”

Claire continues:

“With the support of People Matter IW staff and volunteers, autistic women will receive work and volunteering opportunities to allow them to develop their skills in the workplace and through raising awareness of autism in women’s services such as midwifery and breast screening centres we can ensure that women and girls can fully access health and support services which will help prevent poor health outcomes, family crisis and poor engagement in services.

“Thanks to this grant we are able to provide our autistic girls and women with the skills, confidence and support network to create a better future for them.”

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