International Women's Day - Case Studies of Groups Supporting Females

08 March 2012

Today is International Women's Day and to celebrate we have created some case studies of a few grants that we have awarded over the years to groups that are supporting women and girls in County Durham and Darlington.

Lumley Ladies Football Club was formed in 2002 to offer girls the opportunity to take part in organised physical activities and competitive sport. At that time Lumley Ladies FC was the only female football club in Chester-le-Street and gave girls the chance to take part in the sport too. Since then the group has considerably grown in demand with over 100 players and various teams of different age groups. In 2007 the group received a grant of £5,540 from the Local Network Fund at the Community Foundation which allowed the club to pay for training pitches, equipment, coaching and kit.

Since 1970 Greencroft Ladies Club has been promoting the social, recreational, cultural and educational opportunities of women in Greencroft. Throughout the year the committee arrange a series of different speakers for the members but in recent years they have had to reduce the number of guest speakers they invite as a result of increased prices to hire and less income coming in from member fees – many have been forced to stop attending as a result of ill health and council cuts affecting bus routes. In 2009 the Ladies Club received a grant of just £200 from the Four Seasons Health Care Fund at the Community Foundation which covered their expenses for guest speakers for a whole year. The group was also able to recruit new members as a result of the interesting speakers which has helped them to become more sustainable for the future.

The Bangladesh Overseas Ladies Organisation is a registered charity which seeks to improve the opportunities for the education & health of women in both the UK and Bangladesh. In 2004 they put on a multi-cultural event in partnership with Education in the Community to promote cultural diversity. A small grant of £490 from the Community Foundation helped the group with room hire, refreshments, photography and a crèche for the event. It proved to be a great success, bringing cultural diversity into the community and positive feedback was received from all the guests.

Last summer the 1st Darlington Guides enjoyed a camping trip, rock climbing sessions and craft activities thanks to a grant from the Darlington Champions Enterprise Association and Marchday Funds as well as the Cooper Family Grassroots Fund at the Community Foundation. The Guide Association provides opportunities for girls to get involved in activities that would not normally be available to them, contributing to their overall wellbeing and development. 1st Darlington Guides are keen to provide regular challenging activities for their members such as rock climbing and camping.