Kent Community Foundation Launches 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, whichdemonstrated 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 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, providedguests with an insight into domestic violence and its impact on women and families in Kent and Medway today.

Patsy Barrett, Barrett’s Charitable Fund, said, “I was delighted to have been invited to today’s lunch to hear about the positive work to support disadvantaged women and children and I am certain this new Kent Community Foundation Women’s Fund, will make a huge difference to charities within the county.”

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

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