Avon fund helps to keep women�s craft group open in Wellingborough

Wednesday 4 April 2018

Wellingborough based craft group, Women Have a Go (WHAG), has been awarded a vital funding grant to allow the textile and craft activity group to remain open.

WHAG group holds weekly craft sessions for women across the county of all ages, backgrounds and cultures - many of whom are often referrals from local refuge services.

The sessions are a valuable meeting point for vulnerable women to encourage personal development and a wider interest in the arts, as well as providing comfort and support for other individuals facing similar issues and challenges.

The grant cheque of £1,882 was presented by Avon Cosmetics UK, as part of the Avon Fund for Women and Girls which is facilitated by Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

The Fund is part of the beauty company’s commitment to supporting the causes that matter most to women, funding projects across Northamptonshire that improve the quality of life for women and girls.

Matthieu Comard, Group Vice President of Avon UK, said “We are proud to help support the causes that matter most to women in our county, having operated in the county for more than 50 years.

“Since the fund was launched two years ago, The Avon fund for Women and Girls has awarded more than £16,000 to projects across Northamptonshire, and we hope to support many more.”

Anne Atkinson-Clark, Chair of WHAG group said: “We are very grateful to the Northamptonshire Community Foundation and Avon for the funding. It is a wonderful support for our group and enables us to continue sharing our craft skills, supporting each other and most importantly making items for those less fortunate. We take this funding as an acknowledgement of our work so far and an encouragement to continue.”

Naomi Butters, Fund Development Manager added "We are delighted to be working on the delivery of Avon’s fund for Women and Girls behalf of Avon.  The fund empowers and supports women and girls within Northamptonshire communities and helps build gender parity."