July has been a very busy month for the Smallwood Trust and our partners. We were delighted to have co-funded a project to enable the diverse voices of women and girls in the West Midlands to be heard about key public services that affect their lives. Research was carried out by the Fawcett Society and published in a data report, ‘Making Devolution Work for Women’, in partnership with the Birmingham Voluntary Service Council and West Midlands Women’s Voices.
The report analysed the devolution policy, employment and skills, care for both children and adults, and transport data, emphasising the gap between men and women in each area. The Fawcett Society have also hosted devolution workshops, hearing from women at a regional level.