SMALL CHARITY BIG IMPACT - SPOTLIGHT ON JUST FOR WOMEN

18th Jun 2020

Just for Women is a community interest company based in Stanley that has been helping women to transform their lives after dealing with abuse, mental ill health and social isolation. 

During the COVID-19 crisis, they delivered gift packages to every home with an elderly or isolated resident, funded through the National Lottery Fund via DCA, to reach out to the local community who were feeling frightened and alone in this difficult situation. Just for Women wanted to reach out to these people to raise awareness of the support available and to give a small gift to show that others still cared. It was also supported by local councillors and housing associations to identify eligible residents. 

The response was overwhelming with many of the recipients contacting Just for Women for the first time and this intervention has increased their reach in the community and enabled them to engage with those most in need of support. Long term connections have been made and referrals to other support services introduced. 

The project aimed to benefit 500 people but by levering in additional funding this was quadrupled with over 2000 people benefitting in total.

One of the local residents said of the project:

" I lost my partner to COVID-19 in April and receiving the gift today has made my day.It couldn't have come at a better time."

For more information about Just for Women, visit their Facebook page here

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