The Benjamin Foundation, Headway Norfolk and Waveney, Henderson Trust, MAP (Mancroft Advice Project), Norfolk Community Law Service, The Family Contact Centre and The Garage all received a grant from a fund created by Norwich Business Women Network (NBWN) members in 2016.
The network, which has over 100 members, has been established for over 25 years and brings together business women from across Norfolk has raised a total of £84,561 for charitable causes since 1992.
The group raised £9,000 this year but benefitted from the Mental Health & Wellbeing match funding challenge from NCF which matched every penny raised on a 2:1 basis, bringing the total to £13,500. Norfolk Community Foundation invited applications for funding from charities and local community groups that were specifically seeking support from projects to improve mental health and wellbeing.
Anna Douglas, director of marketing and development at the Foundation and NBWN committee member said “We were so pleased that members chose to set up a fund with the Foundation which is a little different to the usual ‘charity of the year’ concept. We were even more delighted to be able to provide a 2:1 match on funds raised as part of our ‘Mental Health & Wellbeing match funding challenge’ to enable the network to support even more causes this year.”
The money was handed over by NBWN chair, Carole Slaughter at a special Christmas lunch at The Great Hospital in Norwich with over 60 members in attendance.
Carole said “£9,000 was an amazing amount to have raised in 2016. We are pleased to have worked with Norfolk Community Foundation again on our fund raising project and most grateful for the match funding initiative which enabled NBWN to donate £13,500 to help more causes this year. We hope that the money raised will help all these causes to progress in 2017 and move forward with the initiatives and provide more of the much needed support that they all give in a variety of different ways that make such a difference to so many people.”
The projects included a break for young carers from age 13, costs to support a safe family contact environment, a personal development course for a group of vulnerable young girls at risk of criminality and exploitation and counselling sessions for young people experiencing emotional distress.
Sarah Clack of Norfolk Community Law Service who sought funding for a free legal advice service for victims of domestic abuse said, “We are very grateful to be awarded the grant from the Norwich Business Women’s Network which will help us to continue to run this service and assist vulnerable people to take steps to escape abusive relationships and give them hope for a brighter future.”
Fiona Muller of The Garage, whose organisation also received a grant said “We are really pleased to receive the funding from the Norwich Business Women’s Network, the money will be used to support young people facing challenging circumstances to participate in exciting and engaging activities that they would not otherwise be able to be involved in.”
If you would like to find out more about the projects supported, please contact Claire Cullens, Chief Executive at Norfolk Community Foundation on 01603 623958 or visit www.nbwn.co.uk