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November 28, 2022 | Karen Burrell

Substantial Lottery grant awarded

WayfinderWoman Trust, a female run, volunteer led charity based in Eastbourne has been successfully awarded £100K from the National Lottery Community Fund.

Lottery Grant Award

The WayfinderWoman Trust, a female run, volunteer led charity based in Eastbourne has been successfully awarded £100K from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

The money will support their drop in Hub for the next three years. It will fund two part-time paid hub manager positions to support the existing unpaid volunteer staff on which the Trust has previously relied to sustain its operations. This also means the opening hours and can be extended from 9am – 1pm Monday to Friday to 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday so increasing the accessibility of the service.

The WayfinderWoman Trust will also be able to increase its collaboration with community partners across Sussex and the grant will support the many projects planned for 2023 and beyond. A survey recently carried out by the Trust evidenced the kind of help and support women want, and the funding will provide additional resources to offer workshops in assertiveness, goal setting, interview skills and Menopause.

Founder of the Trust Laura Murphy said, “This funding from The National Lottery Community Fund will make such a difference to the charity and the women we support. It will enable us to increase our hub opening hours and get out into the community to reach those women who need help to build their confidence and skills. Most importantly it ensures our Charity remains sustainable for at least the next three years.”

Helen Bushell, Senior Head of Regional Funding for London, the South East and East of England at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “We are delighted to award this grant to The WayfinderWoman Trust, which will use the funding to increase the capacity of its drop-in Hub and reach even more women across Eastbourne. Thanks to National Lottery players, this project will support women to develop the skills and confidence they need to achieve their goals through coaching, workshops and mentoring – which in turn help them to thrive.”

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