Women often have a range of issues in their lives including VAWG, financial, employment and legal issues, but it can be hard for them to access the support they need across multiple agencies and there is a lack of joined-up, holistic, women-centred services. Many groups and organisations are doing good work with and for women, but many are small and are not well-connected or supported.
With partners across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the Labyrinth Project will support women’s centres, women’s groups and networks to help them, and the women they support, to emerge stronger from the damage that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on women’s lives.
The Project will contribute to system change for women by building capacity and forging stronger networks of support and shared learning locally and nationally. We believe this can be fostered on a local level by mapping the support currently available, building networks and increasing the influence of the women’s sector on local strategy and decision making.
The Empowering Women Fund is the Labyrinth Project's grants scheme, which will provide funding to support women’s organisations to develop innovative ways of empowering women in their local area and build the capacity of small organisations.
A Women’s Centre of Excellence will be developed through the Project to support and sustain the women’s sector into the future.
The Labyrinth Project is funded through the Tampon Tax by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
The project will be evaluated by DMSS, who have over 20 years experience in research and evaluation projects, with expertise in issues of gender, abuse and mental health.
The Empowering Women Fund, part of the Labyrinth Project, is a Tampon Tax funded grant scheme, led by Solace. It will provide 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. The fund is divided into two strands and grants can run for up to 12 months.