Monthly Gift Scheme launched in Congleton

The Women's Forum meets monthly to discuss and debate
issues that affect women locally, nationally and internationally.
Our aim is to reach out into the community offer friendship and
help to other women.
One issue that has come to our attention is the use of food
banks in our area and how women are disproportionately
affected. One area of particular concern to us is that food
banks, homeless hostels, women's refuges etc do not stock
women's hygiene products. Because these items are taxed as luxury items the cost is high which
is problematic for women on low incomes. This has had the knock on effect of women presenting
at GPs with infections and even Toxic Shock Syndrome because they use substitute materials
which are not hygienic. Since 2010, the figures have risen sharply. We would like to address this
problem locally by setting up a scheme called Monthly Gift where local women can drop-in and
receive free hygiene products.
We hope to launch this initiative on 8th March 2017 which is International Women Day. The launch
will be held at The Old Saw Mill, which is a community project in Congleton, and thereafter we will
be testing a one hour drop-in at the Mill every Wednesday morning.
1. Raising the profile of the Labour Party in Congleton Town. At the present we do not
have a single Cheshire East Councillor and only one Town Councillor out of 20 seats.
2. Helping women badly affected by Tory cuts. A Labour Women's Forum should strive to
reach out to women in the community especially those in need.
3. Setting up a weekly drop-in centre where women can pick up free hygiene products
and chat with party members over a coffee. This will enable us to find out the main
issues for women in Congleton allowing us to target them more efficiently and identify
other campaigns.
4. A delivery service across the rest of the Constituency.
Although this is very much a women's issue, the whole CLP will benefit from the high
profile we are trying to achieve for the Party locally and we value the help of male party
members in this campaign.
We will be busy fundraising to pay for printing, products and venue and we will be placing
a collecting tin and a collection box at the back of meetings, to enable you to donate
products and/or money.
If you would like to be involved in fundraising activities or have any suggestions contact Susan
Munro - Women's Officer on 07534510841

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