Cheshire charities share £43k pot | Knutsford Times

Cheshire charities share £43k pot

By on January 26, 2019

A number of projects across Cheshire have won a share of a £43k pot funded by the Tampon Tax Community Fund, and allocated by the Cheshire Community Foundation.

The Tampon Tax Fund gives funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.

Groups were asked to submit a project plan setting out what they would do with the funding to meet local need and how it would make a difference to women and girls in their community. The groups that best met the criteria and priorities of the programme were awarded funding.

The successful projects include:

Motherwell Cheshire CIO, Crewe – awarded £9,796

This Crewe charity supports the mental health and personal wellbeing of mums. Their services cater for mums-to-be through to grandmothers with fully-grown children. They have an excellent team of professionals on board to provide much-needed support. The funding will be used to extend their Bright Stars mentoring programme which pairs experienced mothers over the age of 50 with younger mothers who are experiencing mental health issues and who may have had their child taken away.

The SMILE Group, Macclesfield – awarded £9,999

The SMILE Group was set up by mums in Macclesfield for families who are struggling with parenthood or who have postnatal depression. Now extended into Congleton and Sandbach, the peer support groups offer people the chance to meet others in a similar situation. They will use their funding to grow their successful 1-1 Home Visits Programme which supports mums living in the postcodes surrounding the three centres.

Home-Start Cheshire – awarded £9,623

Home-Start Cheshire provides a support service throughout the county for parents overwhelmed by the stresses of family life. The funding will give intense support over the course of a year to six mothers with extremely low levels of lifestyle and confidence.

Zoe Sheppard, CEO of Cheshire Community Foundation, said: “Community Foundations work with grassroots groups who are running vital services on a shoestring and supporting some of the most marginalised people in our society.

“This funding will enable them to run some amazing projects that make difference on the ground to the women and girls who need it most.”

Community Foundations were oversubscribed in all areas for the Tampon Tax Community Fund. Only a quarter of the 1,500 applications for vital women and girls projects nationally could be supported from this stream of funding.

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