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The NEW Wakefield Women’s Fund

You can make a difference by becoming one of the first in Wakefield to be a founder and ambassador for this fund to be launched at a lunch on 11th October from 12 noon to 2pm at Hatfeild Hall, Normanton Golf Club.

The Community Foundation for Wakefield District is setting up this new fund to support groups helping vulnerable women of all ages with complex needs, across the whole of the Metropolitan District. The Fund aims to help individual women without financial support to fulfil their aspirations, whatever they may be.

We trust you share our belief that all women have a right to live in environments that are safe and where they feel free from fear. Historical sexual abuse and domestic violence are ongoing concerns in the District and, in addition, there is the issue of women’s isolation and poverty, particularly in the semi-rural areas. There are women living in parts of Wakefield with no public transport, and their isolation adversely impacts all areas of their daily life, often exacerbated by their having very limited resources to pay for local travel and therefore access local services.

The manager of the Well Women Centre in Wakefield will speak at the lunch about the needs of women in Wakefield and the Centre’s work across the District. A representative Tyne and Wear and Northumberland Community Foundation will talk about their successful Women’s Fund which last year distributed almost £50.000. A senior business woman and philanthropist will tell attendees about why she wanted to support this fund and what it means to her.

We do hope you will want to join us in supporting this fund where, working together with community groups, we ensure that more women and girls can be reached and helped across the district. Please join us for a buffet lunch - the cost is £15 per head – and feel free to extend the invitation to friends and colleagues.

If you would like to become a founder member of this fund, you can do so by donating £250 (which will become £300 with Gift Aid) and help us to reach our target of £12,000 – see pro forma here.

If you would like further information or offer help in some other way, then please contact Barbara Paterson, Community Foundation Trustee, on 07973 190 701 or email her at info@wakefieldcf.org.uk.

We look forward to your participation in this exciting new initiative.

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