You can help the Calderdale Women’s Fund have an even greater impact in addressing the many challenges facing women today. With your support, our mission is to make grants to projects that encourage women’s growth, self-sufficiency and social economic equality. The Calderdale Women’s Fund provides grassroots funding to charitable projects, together we can make a difference to individuals, their families and the needs of the wider community.
Why should I give to the Calderdale Women’s Fund?
The Calderdale Women’s Fund makes a difference to women’s lives and in tandem, her family and the needs of the wider community are met too. In Calderdale:
- Over 2,000 women are referred to the Calderdale Domestic Abuse Support Service each year.
- The Women Making Changes (WMC) Project has supported 77 individual women, who have received support at casework level; with 89 cases recorded including women returning on more than one occasion for support.
- WomenCentre’s 1325 Project which offers a range of early intervention approaches focussing on times of distress received 97 referrals and has provided 1:1 casework support to 66 girls.
- Women aged 16 – 24 are almost three times as likely (26%) to experience a common mental health issue as males (9%).
- Since 2012 the suicide rate for women in Calderdale has increased by 72%. Female suicide rates are at their highest rates since 2001.
- Only 31.% of women in Calderdale take part in sport/exercise at least once a week.
In recent years it has become a better understood how women and girls can be disproportionately disadvantaged by multiple issues which are often complex in nature. Combined with these barriers and differing needs within population and geography, specialist and local support is often necessary for women and girls to be able to access appropriate help when they need it.
Our fund will support community groups and specialist charities to work with local women and girls to:
- Build skills and confidence, for example, supporting women and girls to learn new skills, giving them the ability to apply for new jobs and/or return to the workplace.
- Improve health and well-being, for example, teaching women how to look after and improve their own mental or physical health and live in good health for longer.
- Build social networks, for example, connecting women to others they can share similar experiences with, supporting them to feel less lonely, more valued, more able to pass on that support.
By making grants across these themes, the fund aims to challenge and change the statistics below.
• Care gap: 62% of unpaid carers are women (Census 2011). Twice as many female carers rely on benefits than male carers, at a rate of £1.55 per hour.
• Income gap: Twice as many women rely on benefits and tax credits as men. Women are 95% of lone parents dependent on income support (HoC library).
• Pay gap: Women earn 13% less than men as full-time workers and 32% less than men part-time (CtG). Holding all other factors constant, for 2017 women’s pay growth in respect of age was lower than men’s pay growth, and also stopped growing at a younger age. Female sectors are low-paid and undervalued.
• Power gap: Only 15% of senior police, 15% High of Court judges, 10% of newspaper editors and 8% of Directors of FTSE 250 firms are women (EHRC ).
• Representation gap: Only 29% of MPs, 17% of MEPs, 33% of councillors, 10% of council leaders, and 26% of Trade Union leaders are women, in the new Mayoral Combined Authority Boards only 4% of constituent members are women and all six are led by men (IPPR ).
• Aspiration gap: Modern Apprentices continue to be gender segregated where women accounted for only 2% of engineers in training in 2012 and 93% of hairdressers. 10% of senior managers in science engineering and technology professions are women.
How to give
For a limited time (Thanks to a grant from the Tampon Tax fund), we can match your donation pound for pound up to £10,000.
If you are donating as an individual we can also claim Gift Aid on your donation, this gives us an extra 25p for every £1 you donate.
Benefits and our commitment to you… Member of a newly established regional women’s movement making a difference to women’s lives in Calderdale Recognition as corporate partner (all press / external communications) Opportunity to visit groups to assess the impact of support provided Acknowledgement on Community Foundation website’s dedicated Women’s Fund page Invitation to our AGM Six monthly / videos / E-Bulletin of groups supported Your involvement and commitment… Agreement to a fixed financial contribution – Match funding available. Contact Emma Woods-Bolger to arrange a meeting to discuss your support. 01422 349700 or Email Emma@cffc.co.uk.