Published On: 6th March 2024

International Women’s Day: How The Access Foundation Inspires Inclusion

This year’s International Women’s Day (8 March) has highlighted the theme ‘Inspire Inclusion’. The Access Foundation is delighted to share the work of two empowering women’s charities that it supports, Love4Life and MammaKind. More than 500 young women now have access to a wide range of support services thanks to the inspiring work carried out by these charities.

Love4Life supports approximately 400 girls every year, in Derby, North Leicestershire and Leicester City. They are dedicated to helping disadvantaged young women, and those who identify as female, aged 11 to 18.

This charity delivers both tailored 1-2-1 coaching sessions and group sessions, where their youth workers provide emotional and social support using a mixture of arts, crafts, and games.

Thanks to the £5,000 grant awarded by the Access Foundation, more girls and young women can access the help provided by Love4Life in order to overcome their personal battles; such as poor mental health, bullying, relationships, body image, and online safety.

The group sessions offer a safe space for vulnerable young women to seek support and meet new friends. The group sessions provide a sense of community, thus helping to improve wellbeing and, as per the 2024 theme for International Women’s Day, inspire inclusion.

MammaKind provides young mothers with the essential material items that they cannot afford, for the care of their young children.

The £5,000 grant from the Access Foundation will give 150 marginalised young women material, emotional, and educational support from both MammaKind and NHS midwives. The funding facilitates the provision of wellbeing packs for mums and their babies, enabling MammaKind to help teenage mums have a positive start to motherhood.

The wellbeing packs include a range of practical toiletry items, a toy, a baby book, muslin cloths, and even a luxury skincare gift for the mum. Moreover, MammaKind is optimistic that the packs will encourage young mums to complete an educational six-week course led by NHS midwives, that gives them the skills and knowledge to care for themselves and their babies.

The support offered by MammaKind and the NHS inspires young women to get involved in the services available to help them thrive as new mums. In turn, helping women to feel included, valued, and confident.

Kelly Fort, Head of Operations at MammaKind, shared her opinion:

“These wellbeing packs will help young women engage with support by giving them a positive experience and helping them view motherhood in a more positive light. This has the added impact of improving their wellbeing and helping strengthen the bond with their baby.

We would like to thank The Access Foundation for acting quickly and awarding this grant in time to benefit from matched funding by The Childhood Trust meaning we received over £10,000. It is an exceptionally difficult funding climate, and every penny makes a huge difference to a small but impactful charity such as ours.”

A Love4Life employee expressed their thoughts:

“This grant means so much to everyone at Love4Life. There is such a high need for early intervention support such as ours in Loughborough. We empower local young people that need support but do not meet strict thresholds for other support services. We stop young people before they go into crisis, which has much wider impacts for the entire local community. We are very grateful to The Access Foundation for their support.”