Case Studies

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Hull Sisters
November 2, 2023
In 2023 Hull Sisters become a Community Grant partner and will be funded by the Smallwood Trust for the next three years. Their work supports disadvantaged BAME women and girls since 2012 and represent a specialist service for promoting the independence of excluded women in Hull and East Riding. Alongside issues such as poor health, […]
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Community Grant Partnerships: Lancashire Women
November 1, 2023
Lancashire Women has been supporting vulnerable women since 1982 and now operate across the region. The network of centres provide a safe space run by and for women to foster health and wellbeing, develop skills and share experiences. They are one of Smallwood’s Community Grant Partners who are empowered to give grants to individual women […]
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Venus Working Creatively with Young Women
October 31, 2023
Venus is a Community Grant Partner who have recently been refunded for the next three years by the Smallwood Trust. A community based, grassroots organisation working with women and families to enable resilience and empowerment – they achieve this by offering practical and emotional support to help develop the skills needed to reach financial independence. […]
Community Grant Partnerships: Kanlungan
October 14, 2023
Kanlungan are a consortium of 12 community-based organisations working closely together for the welfare and interests of the Filipino and other migrant communities in Britain. They have been in the community for 26 years and their services and programmes have exponentially increased over the past few years as a result of the COVID pandemic. The […]
Community Grant Partnerships: Cavell Nurses Trust
October 14, 2023
The Cavell Nurses Trust help nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both working and retired, when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship. This is often due to illness, disability, older age and domestic abuse. The size of this community is a huge 2.27 million with 89% being women. Over the next three years, Cavell will use […]
Community Grant Partnerships: Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact)
October 14, 2023
The Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) is a charity that has been around since 1898 and cares for prisoners, people with convictions, their children and families. They currently work in more than 60 prisons across England and Wales providing support at every stage of the criminal justice process: in court, in prison, on release, […]
Sangeeta's story
October 3, 2023
Sangeeta is in her early 40s with two young children. Sangeeta was struggling every month due to being on a zero hour contract with fluctuating hours, which was making it difficult for her to budget. Sangeeta was awarded a grant and given help to look for more permanent work with fixed hours. Sangeeta has now […]
Linda's story
August 14, 2023
Linda is in her late 50’s and surviving on state benefits. She had moved in to a property in rural Scotland and could not afford to fill the oil tank meaning she had no resources to heat her property. This was affecting Linda both physically and mentally as she had no other support locally. Linda was awarded a grant to fill […]
Courtney's story
July 10, 2023
Courtney is in her early 20s, living on Universal Credit in private rented accommodation with her two-year-old son. She didn’t have any family members living near or any other means of financial support. A key goal for Courtney was to stay in her own home but after falling behind with her rent, this was becoming quite a worry. Courtney was offered a […]
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Nanny Solidarity Network
September 15, 2021
Nanny Solidarity Network is a London based migrant-led, migrant-focussed mutual aid organisation run by nannies, for nannies. They provide free immigration advice, resources, emergency aid, and space for collective action to vulnerable in-home childcare workers throughout the UK without the funds to traditionally access these services. The Trust awarded a grant of £10,012 through the […]
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Deaf Ethnic Women’s Association
September 15, 2021
Deaf Ethnic Women’s Association provides a range of support and empowers Minority Ethnic Deaf women to have choice and control in their lives and understand their rights without compromising their identity. To achieve this, they provide advice on health, benefits, housing, childcare and sign language interpreters. The Trust awarded a grant of £9,000 through The […]
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4Wings Northwest CIC
September 15, 2021
4 Wings Northwest offers personal growth coaching, support networks and training workshops for their beneficiaries, most of whom are asylum-seeking and refugee women who have had to flee their own country. 4 Wings Northwest works to rebuild self-esteem, self-worth and enable self-efficiency for women who have experienced trauma or abuse. The Trust awarded a grant […]
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