September 10th 2014 Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation … “OWN” fund launch Welcome & Introduction Mark West Chief Executive Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation @bedlutcf #blcfown What is the Foundation? Established 2001 700 groups have received support More than £1 million a year paid in awards Income from local businesses and families; Local and national government; Local and national charities Impact of the funding Quality Mark Opportunities for Women Now Headlines “Child sex victim held in cell for 20 hours” “Bullying not childcare holds women back at work” “UK failing to meet obligations on FGM” “Domestic violence refuge cuts could leave victims trapped near their perpetrators” “Domestic violence ‘epidemic’ prompts demand for action” “Professionals helpless over self harm” “Career women lose out to mediocre men” Gang related sexual violence – “It’s wrong, but you get used to it” Statistics 2 women a week killed by a partner or former partner 17% of all violent crime is domestic violence 10% of young people self harm at some point 80,000 women engaged in “on street” prostitution in the UK Forced marriage unit advised 1,300 people in 2013 (73% were under 21 and 15% - 195 – under 15) 85,000 women raped each year 24,000 girls in the UK “at risk” of FGM 66,000 estimated to have been victims of FGM 54% of women working part time are working below their potential Up to 30,000 are sacked each year for being pregnant 52% feel victimised at work Lila Begum Lynsey Johnston Previously a Director of LCET Vice Chair of Luton Youth Network. With Rebecca Bright Jenny Pearce OBE Professor of Young People and Public Policy at the University of Bedfordshire Author of “It’s wrong … but you get used to it” a study of gang associated sexual violence towards, and exploitation of, young people in England. Pauline Stewart One of the UK’s strongest and most vocal advocates for the advancement of women Chief Enabling Officer Inspirati What are we doing already? Access to Everything ACCM (UK) Luton Women’s Aid Stepping Stones BRASS Relate BACSP Asian Welfare Association CAFPH LCET One Stop Advice Centre Luton All Women’s Centre EFEA BME Proud Shanthona Victim Support Luton Rape Crisis Dallow Partnership Kempston Net Dignity for Women Ramda Women’s Health Project Family Groups Bedford Nine Red Presents So what do we plan for the future? Launch of our appeal: Raising funds to address these issues and more. Create a panel of local people who will form a fellowship that is passionate about the subject and who will drive this appeal forward. Work with the Foundation to create a panel to raise money, help raise awareness of the appeal and help decide which projects should be supported. Target £75,000 Matched Funding Treble £500 your donation - and more donation turns into £1,875 £500 plus gift aid = £625 Plus match from LLAL = £625 Plus match from The AmateursTrust = £625 Total raised from a £500 gift = £1,875 Pledges Sought Financial support Gift of time to join a panel to Help raise funds Help raise awareness of our appeal Discuss projects seeking funding Thank you Speakers Lila Begum Lynsey Johnston with Rebecca Jenny Pearce OBE Pauline Stewart Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen!