On Wednesday 13 November a lunch was hosted by Kent Community Foundation at Eastwell Manor, Ashford, to celebrate the launch of its new Women’s Fund.

Kent Community Foundation was inspired to set up this new Women’s Fund following the huge oversubscription to the government’s Tampon Tax Community Fund. This oversubscription demonstrated the massive need that exists for specific support and funding for women in Kent and Medway

Before lunch Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, spoke to the 50 guests about how the new Women’s Fund will allow her team to better support disadvantaged women and girls who are often disproportionately disadvantaged by multiple issues, which are often complex in nature. She explained that there are several key issues in the county, including domestic violence and abuse, modern slavery, exploitation, sexual assault and social isolation which this Fund will be able to address.

Other speakers included Rosalind Riley, Trustee of The Brook Trust, and Deborah Cartwright, Chief Executive of Oasis Domestic Abuse Service.

Rosalind Riley, Trustee of the Brook Trust, who’s current strategy concentrates on victims of domestic and sexual abuse and early intervention programmes with children and families aiming to break cycles of social and economic deprivation and dysfunction, shared her experiences and stressed the importance of listening to women.

Deborah Cartwright, Chief Executive of Oasis Domestic Abuse Service, provided guests with an insight into domestic violence and its impact on women and families in Kent and Medway today.

If you would like to help women in Kent and Medway you can donate online and you can listen to Josephine McCartney talking about the Women’s Fund.

MASSIVE 'thank you ' to everyone at Kent Community Foundation. Your funding support is HUGELY appreciated and has enabled us to get into the heart of local communities with REAL, affordable, healthy and tasty food that does so much more than feed people.

Community chef Mike Spackman, Sheppey Matters

KCF's enthusiasm for what we are doing and hoping to do, coupled with helpful advice, gave us the confidence to take this daunting step which has paid off.

Liz Turner, Octopus Foundation

It's great having a foundation that empowers organisations and charities in our community to make real positive differences and changes!

Tom, MMK Mind