Following some very successful projects that we commissioned in Blackpool, Pendle and elsewhere, two fantastic women wellbeing days organised in the past couple of years, and extensive consultation with refugee women across Lancashire, I’m very pleased to announce the launch of the Refugee Women Grant Scheme. This scheme follows recognition of the additional barriers to integration that many refugee women face, and marks another of our strategic priorities in the resettlement programme. The scheme will fund projects in all refugee resettlement areas in Lancashire. Please also note that, as increasingly our commissioning of low value projects occurs through various grant schemes, we will endeavour to ensure that all resettlement areas are represented, and as much as possible proportionately to the number of families resettled there. This also means that we will occasionally have to turn down, change or delay proposals, to avoid saturation in some areas, while actively encouraging projects in others.

For more information about this new grant scheme, please visit our grants pages on the LCC website: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/grants-and-funding/refugee-women-grant-scheme/. For any queries or additional information, please contact Aleksandra Bardon, the Refugee Health and Wellbeing Officer at LCC – [email protected].

Finally, Aleksandra made some minor changes to the Young Refugees Grant Scheme specification, to take account of our learning after the first few rounds of bids. These changes aim to strengthen the quality of bids and help them focus on some key aspects of service/project delivery.