Women’s Voices at Election Time – A Question Time Style Evening
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2015 a group of local women decided to host an event ‘Women’s Voices at Election Time – a Question Time Style Evening’, in Wiveliscombe on Friday 13 March 2015. We were delighted to learn that proceeds from the evening would be donated to Taunton Women’s Aid.
The five main political parties were invited to put forward a female representative to discuss a range of questions put to them by members of the audience. The panel members were: Laura Bailhache - UKIP candidate for Taunton Deane; Rachel Gilmour – Liberal Democrat candidate for Taunton Deane; Julie Harvey-Smith - Green Party Candidate for Bridgwater and West Somerset; Rebecca Pow - Conservative candidate for Taunton, and Brenda Weston – Labour – former County councillor. Rosie Boycott, who now lives locally co-founded Spare Rib magazine in the 1970’s, and has remained active within the women’s movement, was also a panel member.
Helena Suffield-Thompson (a Judge in the First Tier Social Entitlement Chamber and a Judge sitting in the Immigration chamber) chaired the meeting, steering a smooth passage through some heated debate.
Over 220 men and women of all ages spent a very interesting evening in Kingsmead School hall, listening to lively discussions on a range of topics – women and work; infrastructure required for new housing; carers; global warming; education; the effect the austerity measures have had on women; tax avoidance and women’s equality. There were also listeners tuning in at home via a live broadcast on 10Radio.
At the time of writing a live 10Radio link is available to listen again http://10radio.org.
Our first round of grant funding is now closed
1 March 2015
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Taunton Women’s Aid to become grant-making charity
18 August 2014
Taunton Women’s Aid is to become an independent grant-making charity and withdraw from delivering services in the Taunton area.
Taunton Women’s Aid has provided support for women and children affected by domestic abuse in the Taunton area for over thirty years.
Chair Janice Eagles explained:
“We managed local refuge services until 2012, when domestic abuse services were put out to tender by Somerset County Council. Unfortunately, because we were a small, local charity we were unable to bid to run a county-wide service. Since then we have been running successful projects and support groups in the community, including working with the Halcon 1 team - a multi-agency team led by the police.
We are very sorry that our current phase of active project work is drawing to a close. However, we hope to continue to be a charity that serves women and families in Taunton – although this will be in a new and different way for the foreseeable future.
Later this year, Taunton Women’s Aid plans to re-launch as a grant-making charity, awarding small grants to projects that support adults and children in the Taunton area affected by domestic abuse. Further information will be available from www.tauntonwomensaid.org.uk.
For more information or if you have any enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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