The Empowering Women Fund

 

The Empowering Women Fund, part of the Labyrinth Project, is a Tampon Tax funded grant scheme, led by Solace. It provides funding to support small women’s groups and organisations to develop innovative ways of empowering women in their local area and build the capacity of small organisations.

Many women’s lives are complex, and they often have tangled paths through systems, structures and communities to access the support needed to live safe, independent lives. Research into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that women are facing the additional burden of unemployment, childcare and economic distress. UN Women acknowledged that ‘the pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems which are in turn amplifying the impacts of the pandemic.’ (UN Women, 2020).

Women have always joined together to support each other through difficult times and hardship. Sometimes to provide practical help, other times to give space to reflect and grow, and often to just pursue common interests and companionship

 

The outcome has now been finalised, enabling 41 organisations in the UK to deliver life-saving support to women. Thanks to a grant from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Solace has been able to award a total of £300,000 to organisations and projects working to support women across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland through the Labyrinth Project.

The funded projects have identified and are responding to a significant increase in need within their community. Mental health and wellbeing are a particular concern, making up over half of all projects, followed by employment and violence against women and girls (VAWG).

An important aspect of this fund is to reach a diverse collection of women – 53% of projects are run by and for marginalised communities and funding is spread across small and medium organisations in the three nations.

While this round of funding has closed, we hope to offer more funds in the future and will update this page when we have more information. Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any specific questions.

Funded projects

Below is a list of the projects and organisations awarded a grant by the Empowering Women Fund.

Women's Sector Grants


ACCM (UK) 

Hope and Better Safe Life Away from Harm
Grant Amount: £14,780.00
Location: England
Theme: Domestic Abuse/Violence Against Women and Girls

ACCM (UK) Works with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Communities to bring about positive social change and is committed to eliminating all harmful traditional and discriminatory practices that violate the Human Rights of girls and women, such as female genital mutilation (FGM), forced arranged marriage (FAM) and honour-based violence (HBV) that are forms of domestic violence (DV). The funding will be used to support girls and women fleeing all forms of abuse and victims of domestic violence through advice, information, training and counselling to build their confidence and skills so they can rebuild their lives and that of their children

Argyll & Bute Rape Crisis

Therapeutic Crafts
Grant Amount: £4,986.00
Location: Scotland
Theme: Domestic Abuse/Violence Against Women and Girls
Argyll and Bute Rape Crisis (ABRC) provides free and confidential support and advocacy to people of any gender (aged 12 +) who have experienced rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual bullying, stalking and commercial sexual exploitation – whether this is recent or historic. The funding will be used to develop a Therapeutic Craft programme to be delivered to survivors who use the service, and women and girls who have additional complex needs.

Atlas Women's Centre

Lady Labyrinth...Mind..Body..Spirit
Grant Amount: £16,444.00
Location: Northern Ireland
Theme: Building Confidence
Atlas Women’s Centre is a safe, inclusive community learning centre that provides Adult Training Learning and Support to vulnerable and disadvantaged women and families. The centre offers a wide variety of educational programmes and activities to build confidence, life and work skills, promote mental health and emotional wellbeing, and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. The funding will be used for weekly facilitated and peer support sessions to improve women's mental and emotional wellbeing, increase their self-confidence and self-worth and provide them with the tools for simple changes and lasting results.

Benbradagh Community Support

Connecting Rural Women
Grant Amount: £17,472.00
Location: Northern Ireland
Theme: Building Confidence
Benbradagh Community Support was established in 2011 with the aim of addressing a lack of service provision for all residents in the Dungiven area and established a women’s network in 2014. Women partake in a range of activities designed to promote their mental health and emotional wellbeing while simultaneously promoting physical health and the development of new skills. The funding will help build upon the capacity of work and the range of services offered, aimed at supporting rural women aged 18+ from Dungiven, the Benedy, Gortnaghey, Greysteel, and the many surrounding areas.
 

Bluebell Care Trust

Developing Capacity and Strengthening Core Team
Grant Amount: £20,000
Location: England
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
Bluebell provides free of charge, grass roots, community support for mothers and infants experiencing perinatal mental health difficulties. The trust aims to improve women’s mental health & wellbeing, to help them become independent, resilient and feel more empowered and confident in managing their own mental health and asking for the help and support they need. The funding will help build the capacity of services to meet increased demand due to the pandemic. 
 

Cassandra Centre

Best Version of You!
Grant Amount: £7,922.00
Location: England
Theme: Domestic Abuse/Violence Against Women and Girls
Cassandra Centre offers therapeutic and counselling services, casework support and referrals to third party services for those affected by domestic abuse. They also aim to raise awareness of what leads to domestic abuse and empower healthier relationships through work in schools, with community groups and through workshops. The funding will be used to provide workshops for women ranging from awareness of domestic violence to employment skills to mental health support.
 

Central and West Integration Network SCIO
Women in Ecological Urban Farming
Grant Amount: £21,292.00
Location: Scotland
Theme: Education and Employment Support
Central and West Integration Network is a Scottish Charity that works with individuals and groups to support asylum seekers and refugees, migrant workers and Black and minority ethnic people, and works with all communities to promote integration, in the City Centre and West End of Glasgow, across the city of Glasgow and beyond. The funding will be used for a series of sessions in ecological urban agriculture for women, providing farm visits and practical workshops in animal husbandry, market gardening and business skills so they can form their own agricultural enterprises.

Globalmama Enterprises Ltd
Doing it For Ourselves
Grant Amount: £8,808.00
Location: England
Theme: Education and Employment Support
Globalmama primarily provides business training, support, and opportunities for BAME women in Sheffield, UK. The organisation serves to empower local refugee and black communities, with a primary focus on women.  The funding will be used to improve the skills, confidence, and financial stability of BAME refugee women, through the delivery of business-support workshops, the creation of shareable resources, and the development of organisational capacity.

Granaghan & District Women’s Group
Bouncing Back from Covid!
Grant Amount: £8,568.00
Location: Northern Ireland
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
Granaghan & District Women’s Group provides a wide range of educational and leisure activities to enhance the wellbeing of women in and around the local community. The group also embraces cross community work and facilitates a weekly disability club. The funding will be used to provide a wide tranche of activities to help restore the holistic health of women and girls in and around the isolated, disadvantaged rural area.
 

Home-Start Renfrewshire and Inverclyde
Group Support for Inverclyde and Renfrewshire
Grant Amount: £7,060.00
Location: Scotland
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
Home-Start Renfrewshire and Inverclyde is a local independent charity which has been set up to give friendship, advice and practical support to families who live in the Renfrewshire and Inverclyde areas and who have at least one child under the age of 5. The funding will be used to run two peer support groups for vulnerable new and expectant mums in Greenock and Paisley. It includes courses for confidence and mental wellbeing, antenatal anxiety and for managing money & budgeting.

Micro Rainbow CIC
Legal Advice for LBTI Migrant Women
Grant Amount: £15,725.00
Location: England
Theme: Legal Support
Micro Rainbow CIC supports LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees holistically through four main pillars: safe housing with 20,000 bed-nights a year, including women only safe houses; social inclusion, providing over 100 workshops a year to tackle isolation, low confidence and self-esteem; employability support to ensure beneficiaries access employment, training, education and permanent housing; and legal advice, partnering with immigration legal aid and private law firms to make referrals. The funding will be used to provide LBTI migrant women who are living in exploitative situations with level 1 OISC immigration advice, to refer them to partner immigration law firms and to help them move on with their lives by securing legal status.
 

Misgav
Back to Work
Grant Amount: £10,000.00
Location: England
Theme: Education and Employment Support
Misgav provides activities and employment support to women (aged 18-54+) with learning and physical disabilities from Hackney and neighbouring boroughs, with the majority of users coming from the Orthodox Jewish Community. The organisation also provides respite, advice, advocacy, and emotional support to caregivers, mostly in low-income households, with parent carers in their 60s. The group offers volunteering opportunities and training to BAME volunteers, improving their employment opportunities through gained experience. The funding will be used for an employment project for disabled women with group training, emotional and practical support, finding placements, liaising with employers, delivering on-the-job training and 1:1 support at the new placement until users are well settled to ensure job placement is successful.


Rowan Alba
Move On Support for Homeless Women with Complex Needs
Grant Amount: £23,662.00
Location: Scotland
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
Rowan Alba provides accommodation and 24-hour support to homeless women with complex needs in Edinburgh (age 16+) with and without children. The women have a history of rough sleeping, begging, regular hospital admissions, moving in and out of unsuitable accommodation and ongoing involvement with police or prison. As their homelessness is often a result of trauma including childhood abuse, neglect, or domestic violence, they need intensive support with issues including mental health, self-harming and substance dependency. Rowan Alba supports women to identify their strengths and make positive choices to gain the confidence and skills they need to live independently. The funding will be used to develop capacity to support homeless women with complex needs to re-integrate into the community post Covid. Activities and outings will be held to build their confidence and skills and improve their mental wellbeing so they feel ready to move on to a permanent home.


The Motherhood Plan
Pregnant Then Screwed Helplines
Grant Amount: £24,798.00
Location: England
Theme: Capacity Building
The Motherhood Plan provides world-class advice and support to mothers to help them improve their confidence and wellbeing giving them the tools they need to challenge discrimination in the workplace. The group advocates for change and raise awareness of the specific challenges faced by working mothers, challenging deeply entrenched stereotypes about the role of mothers in society and working with employers, politicians, women, and men to make change happen. Our mission is to create a society where care is valued and in which pregnant women and mothers in all their diversity are enabled to fulfil their potential. The funding will be used to improve existing services through vital training for volunteers. It will also be used to develop a new mental health support line which will offer free advice and support for women facing mental health issues due to workplace discrimination.
 

Voices Women's Group

Healthier for Longer
Grant Amount: £3,168.00
Location: Northern Ireland
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
Voices Women’s Group is a community-based women’s group actively promoting social inclusion among women and their families who are socially excluded from society in the West Belfast area. They respond to the ever-changing needs of women in their provision of education, advice, training, and recreation opportunities, with the aim of improving the conditions of the lives of members. The group supports women in their personal development and in the development of their communities. This funding will be used for a mindfulness project which will improve the health and wellbeing of older women currently experiencing loneliness, hopelessness, low levels of confidence and poor physical & mental health resulting from the covid-19 crisis.

Young Women's Housing Project
YWHP
Grant Amount: £24,087.00
Location: England
Theme: Domestic Abuse/ Violence Against Women and Girls
Young Women’s Housing Project (YWHP) is a women’s charity providing specialist therapeutic support services and safe accommodation for young women and girls aged 15-25 years, affected by sexual and exploitation. The organisation provides 17 safe supported places to live, including accommodation for those with children, outreach support and indefinite follow-on support. Person-centred and trauma-informed support is offered, which is gender and age specific. Support is a shared process using a strength-based model, focusing on resilience, recovery and well-being, safe and healthy relationships, and social and financial inclusion. They also develop and deliver prevention and early intervention programmes within schools and for services working with young women. The funding will be used to enhance the capacity and reach of YWHP’s sexual and domestic abuse programmes: ‘Escape the Trap’ an accredited teenage relationship abuse programme, ‘Who’s in Charge’ a teenage violence against parent’s programme, and ‘Parents as First Teachers’ parenting programme.
 

Seed Funding

Come Paint with Us

Arts and Crafts
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: Scotland
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
Come Paint with Us is a free Community Art class is held in Lanark to support women in the area suffering with issues such as depression, loneliness, brain damage and dementia. The funding will be used to expand the range of workshops offered.

Dipped in Creativity
The Growth Project Girls Group
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: England
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
Dipped in Creativity is a non-profit youth and community service that works to empower and develop young people and young adults through creative workshops, an employability programme, coaching and events training. They offer individuals and communities the support to learn and develop life skills, employability skills, and positive wellbeing and mental health all under one roof. Thed funding will be used to establish and run a female and youth-led empowerment project called ‘TheBigSis’ Girls Group which will offer young women group support to open up positive pathways, create connections and personal and professional development.
 

Gabriela

Outreach and Training on Mental Health
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: England
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
Gabriela is a Filipino women rights organisation led by women migrants, many of whom are domestic workers and those in low paid precarious jobs, with the goal of supporting Filipino and other vulnerable East and South East Asian women in the UK. The funding will be used for workshops for female migrant workers, in particular Filipina and other South East and East Asian women domestic and low paid workers, on rights, IT skills and mental health.

GRACE

Self Defence Classes
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: England
Theme: Building Confidence
GRACE is a multi-purpose youth community provision primarily focusing on girls and young women from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. The funding will be used to run self-defence classes for young girls and women in order to empower, increase self-confidence and improve physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Hamara Assra
Community Well Being Campaign
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: England
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
Hamara Assra is a team of women across all backgrounds and ages with lived experience supporting Black, Asian, and underrepresented groups of women in London. The group’s practical, community-based projects cover heath loneliness and wellbeing, gaining skills and social enterprise, creative and physical sessions and a wide range of cross-cultural activities, helping women of all ages to have their voices heard and realise their full potential. The funding will be used to provide a wellbeing programme  as a response to negative Covid 19 issues for women aged 50 plus from Asian, Black and Ethnic minority communities.
 

Her Story 

Come Outside
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: England
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
Her Story aims to make a positive impact in the physical and mental wellbeing of asylum seeking/refugee BAME women. The organisation supports them to gain access to education, skills or other activities, helps them to know the community better and understand laws and regulations. Her Story provides a safe environment for them to come outdoors and enjoy the free space, start conversations within related topics. The funding will be used to support BAME asylum seeking women to travel across Greater Manchester for outings and activities to promote better physical and mental wellbeing and help them feel included and involved.
 

Hive South Yorkshire

Mixing Roots
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: England
Theme: Education and Employment Support
Mixing Roots is a grassroots project led by three African women who are also young steering board members of the Hive Young Writers Network. The group aims to reduce cultural isolation while developing voice, offer guidance and highlight successful role-models of colour, showcase and celebrate voice and cultural heritage through wider audiences, understanding and praise, enable young PoC to take a rightful place in mainstream frameworks by improving employability skills, and improve access to broader opportunities and pathways. The funding will be used to provide new programme of Mixing Roots that reaches the most vulnerable, to grow women-led support in the form of voice/skills development, well-being and resilience building workshops through the methods and focus of creative writing.
 

Hope Inspired CIC

The Inspiration Tree
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: England
Theme: Building Confidence
Hope Inspired is set up to deliver employability programmes to people who are furthest away from the labour market and from financial stability due to a variety of barriers, including limiting beliefs, lack of confidence and low aspirations, as well as societal inequalities and trauma from oppression and abuse including domestic abuse. The organisation works largely but not exclusively with women and with BAME communities and is planning to deliver wellness programmes that improve quality of life, help people start work and stay in work and develop inner strength and resilience. The funding will be used to provide a coaching programme for BAME Muslim women who are disempowered.
 

Idaraya Life C.I.C
Expressive Stitch
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: England
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
Idaraya life C.I.C works to alleviate ill health linked to physical inactivity via accessible and culturally inclusive health and wellbeing programmes, providing fitness classes and mental health support to those who feel most apprehensive. The funding will be used to provide an empowering creative craft workshop series that will give women an introduction to various crafts in order to creatively express their thoughts and feelings.


IgniteYou CIC
Dance Inc 1 to 1s
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: England
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
IgniteYou delivers classes, workshops and programmes that aim to build people’s knowledge and enjoyment around health. They support people to get excited about health and help them understand that it is possible no matter what your circumstances. IgniteYou is an inclusive organisation that is accessible to all abilities and ages and pride themselves on being as adaptable as possible so everyone feels included. The funding will be used to run 1 to 1 dance sessions for the disabled young people that have low confidence and have been very isolated, to support them to re-join the main dance group.


Inspiring Yarns
Inspiring Yarns
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: Northern Ireland
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
Inspiring Yarns’ social purpose is to help people to overcome fluctuating mental health and reduce social isolation through yarn-based craft activities, and to support emerging fibre artists and those whose mental health has been a barrier to employment with practical advice around self-employment within the yarn industry. The funding will be used to provide classes in yarn related skills along with therapeutic sessions in mindfulness, stress management and relaxation to improve and promote maintenance of mental health, for women who have experienced domestic violence.


KAG Advocacy CIO
Community Connect
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: England
Theme: Debt/Financial Support
KAG Advocacy CIO provides knowledge, advocacy and support to vulnerable people due to health disability and or circumstances. KAG provides many different projects and services including specific debt services, a helpline, and mentoring support to get people back into employment and or education. The overall aim of the organisation is to protect and uphold the rights of vulnerable individuals in order for them to have a voice and a choice in their lives to improve well-being. The funding will be used to support vulnerable women due to health, disability and or circumstances to provide them with knowledge, advocacy and support to enable them to achieve their employment and or education goals, uphold and protect their rights, and to increase their mental health, well-being and quality of life.


Kildoag Woman's Group
Reconnecting the Women of Kildoag
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: Northern Ireland
Theme: Building Confidence
Kildoag Woman's Group was set up by women from the local community as a means of tackling the isolation which women of all ages from the area were experiencing. The group addresses this need by facilitating weekly workshops and activities which gives local women the opportunity to come together, socialise, learn new skills, exercise, build connections and benefit from peer support. The funding will be used to create a weekly walking club and a luncheon club so that local women can begin to interact with their community again in a manner which is safe, rebuilds confidence and ensures they receive the support they need to recover physically and emotionally from COVID.


Little Bean Theatre
MumSing
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: England
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
Little Bean Theatre is the UK’s first and only Cantonese-English bilingual family theatre company. Their objectives are to promote and celebrate diversity, encourage cohesion between the Chinese diaspora and the UK community, pass on language and culture, and increase cultural exposure and encourage participation of East Asian (EA) families in the UK. The majority of the all-female team are EA, in recognition of BESEA artists being underrepresented in the arts, particularly in making works for children and families. The funding will be used to provide music making workshops and develop a creative hub for ethnically and culturally diverse working mums. Workshops are designed to spark the imagination and get mums into making music. It's an opportunity to nurture the creative side of mums to carve out me-time for their mental well-being and form a creative support network.
 

Our Time Women's Group

Our Time
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: Northern Ireland
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
Our Time Women’s Group works with women in the local community. Their aims include reaching older women in the surrounding areas, building a bond with people from rural communities, building confidence and new skills, getting people out of isolation and offer support to older women in these communities.
 


Peterborough Latvian Supplementary School (Family Club)
New Challenges, New Opportunities
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: England
Theme: Building Confidence
Peterborough Latvian Supplementary school’s main mission is to celebrate Latvian language and culture, with organized cultural events for families, organised sports and art activities, and organized English classes for adults, with a focus on supporting young people, women and older people. The funding will be used to provide new skills training for women who lost their job or have been isolating for a long time at home. These lessons have been organised to improve new skills to get new opportunities in the future.


Plucky Skates Ltd
Plucky Skates
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: England
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
Plucky Skates runs a roller-skating project for vulnerable teenage girls in the local area, teaching them how to skate in a safe and friendly environment. The young people are from low-income families, struggle with their mental health and have high emotional needs. The funding will be used to expand the roller-skating activity programme to support more young women.
 

Sahelis
Skills and Confidence Building
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: Scotland
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
Sahelis means friends. Our group is catered to women from minority backgrounds and focuses on improving their mental health and wellbeing. The group comprises of a range of women who are widowed, divorced or very isolated with no friends. Sahelis organises monthly meetings and activities including outings. We promote activities and workshops which the ladies wouldn’t be exposed to normally. We run sessions on depression, stress and nutrition. The funding will be used to help the women build skills in workshops such as make up, massage, threading etc, as well as workshops to build confidence and learn different activities which these women would not previously be exposed to.
 

SAMEE
DAMSEL (Disability Aware Mentoring Support Entrepreneurial Ladies)
Grant Amount: £23,544.00
Location: England
Theme: Education and Employment Support
The Support and Mentoring Enabling Entrepreneurship (SAMEE) teaches self-employment skills to enable disabled adults to gain further independence. Their mission is to alleviate poverty for disabled adults by supporting them to explore non-traditional forms of employment that fit around their health challenges and reduce the barriers they face to employment opportunities. Via a unique mix of peer mentoring and personal guidance, SAMEE guides each disabled adult towards successful self-employment start-up with additional specialist support throughout from volunteer business mentors. The funding will be used to teach self-employment skills and enable disabled women living in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole to survive the aftermath of Covid-19, giving them the best chance of reaching their full potential through successful self-employment start-up.


Sikh Women's Aid
THRIVE Empowerment Project
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: England
Theme: Domestic Abuse/Violence Against Women and Girls
The mission of SWA is to act as a stimulus to develop lasting positive change by actively challenging harmful belief systems and practices that act as the root cause of all forms of abuse within the Sikh and wider South Asian community. Their goal is to empower victims to take control of their own lives to become survivors by breaking free of toxic cultural practices that seek to disempower vulnerable members of the Sikh and South-Asian community including those with language barriers, that prevent them from accessing the right kind of help and support. The funding will be used for a resilience programme looking key at themes - Time, Healing, Resilience, Interdependence, Vivacity, Empowerment, for BAME victims of abuse.


Sister System
Leadership Unlocked: Building a Resilient Community for Care Affected Females
Grant Amount: £24,836.00
Location: England
Sister System (SS) offers a new model of working with young women who have been affected by the care system. SS works alongside girls and women aged 13-24 years, providing eight tailored early intervention programmes designed to embed essential skills, tools and strategies that enable them to avoid or recover from the unique risks faced by girls with experience of the system. Together, they develop and build confidence and resilience to achieve a life free from abuse and with good mental health so that the girls and young women are better equipped to engage in education, employment, and personal fulfilment. The funding will be used for an accredited Leadership programme for care-affected young women who are isolated and either NEET or at risk. They will join our community, increase their socio-educational opportunities, and enter into further education or employment with good mental health and an ongoing community of support.


Suffolk Community Forum
Suffolk Women’s Group
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: Northern Ireland
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
Suffolk Community Forum is a charity working to promote the benefit of the inhabitants of the Suffolk estate in Belfast and its neighbourhood. Its aims include securing social services and educational and recreational facilities for all sections of the community, advocacy and promoting cross-community engagement. The funding will be used to establish a women's group in the Suffolk Estate to empower them in providing peer support, education, recreation and the means to take control of their lives and their own mental health.
 

Take Action, Period

Girl Talk
Grant Amount: £500.00
Location: England
Theme: Mental Health and Well-Being
Take Action, Period (TAP) was created to break down economic barriers to support women's access to menstrual cycle supplies, as well as working with healthcare centres and professionals to develop an educational platform to help women – particularly those in ethnic minorities – understand more about their bodies, sexual and reproductive health, and care for themselves during menstruation. TAP works to empower girls by working with schools ang groups, breaking down stigmas and taboos when discussing periods. The funding will be used for workshops to educate girls on their periods. Girl Talk is a workshop that is designed with the goal to empower girls and teach them about the natural functioning of their bodies.
 

The Women's Group 2021

We Can Do It Too!
Grant Amount: £1,000.00
Location: Scotland
Theme: Mental health and Well-Being
The Women’s Group supports women living in East Dunbartonshire who identify as having a learning disability and/or a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum to form new friendships, learn new skills and identify & build upon their assets. The group is supported and facilitated by two female Local Area Co-ordinators, but the group's decisions are made by the women themselves. The funding will be used to support the women to reconnect - hopefully face to face - in a variety of creative arts and physical activity projects, working both with Allwyn Crawford of the Sporting Aces and the Local Area Co-ordinators to help the women decide and organise these events.