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Youth club wins £10,000 grant to help women and girls

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WARRINGTON Youth Club is to receive a grant of almost £10,000 from the Cheshire Community Foundation.
The club is one of six grassroots groups working in Cheshire and Warrington to share much-needed grants worth more than £44,000 to help support local women and girls facing a range of challenges.
It is the second time the foundation has awarded groups money from the Tampon Tax Community Fund to help women and girls experiencing issues such as period poverty, domestic and sexual abuse and mental health.
Collectively as a network, UK Community Foundations is one of the UK’s largest grant-makers and was asked by government to distribute the largest share of the funding raised through the levy on sanitary products through its network of community foundations.
A total of £6.9 million has been awarded nationally to grassroots groups in the two rounds of funding.
Zoe Sheppard, chief executive officer of Cheshire Community Foundation, said: “This funding supports the groups on the ground that are making a huge difference to the lives of women and girls. We know there is huge demand out there for these services and are proud to help small organisations working in our community to access vital public funding which otherwise they may miss out on.”
Based in the town centre, Warrington Youth Club has been awarded £9,433.
Established in 1952, the club inspires young people by offering them opportunities to gain, increase and develop their skills. They will spend the funding on a personal development programme called “Wondrous Wellbeing” which will help 300 vulnerable young women aged 16-25.
The programme includes weekly activities such as girls-only gym sessions with education on body image, nutrition and sleep; a multi-sport programme including visits from local sportswomen; dance sessions; arts and crafts themed projects to explore women’s empowerment; positive life skills activities tackling personal care, cooking and financial inclusion; and performing arts to explore issues such as online safety, abusive relationships, self-harm and drug and alcohol awareness.
The other projects to receive grants ranging between £5,000 and £10,000 are in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester.

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