Posted: Friday 23rd November 2018
A few months ago, we had the pleasure of meeting with Police & Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens on her Community Day in Taunton. We discussed the projects that we fund and the many different issues that we face.
Taunton Women’s Aid (TWA) is a small charity based in Taunton and serving the whole Somerset area. We formerly ran the Women’s Refuge in Taunton but since 2012 we have focused on making grants to other organisations providing help to those suffering from or affected by domestic abuse. We aim to support a wide range of work from funding a helpline for men suffering from domestic abuse (Mankind) to providing workshops on healthy relationships in secondary schools. We particularly like to assist pilot projects which will go on to grow and once established, attract funding from elsewhere. We are able to offer significant grants of up to £10,000 to relevant projects in the area.
In addition to making grants we also try to raise the profile of domestic abuse services and, often in conjunction with the national charity Women’s Aid, to which we are affiliated, we lobby local government and national government. As a consequence of a recent campaign the government has agreed that Housing Benefit will remain in place for refuges across the country, which can be a funding lifeline. But the provision of refuges is under threat, and we continue to support Women’s Aid in the development of a long term and sustainable funding model for refuges.
For further information on this please go to the Women’s Aid website (womensaid.org.uk).
If you would like to apply for a grant for your organisation, please see our website (tauntonwomensaid.org.uk) for the detailed criteria and an application form.
We hope to hear from you soon.
Judith Jackson, Chair of Taunton Women’s Aid