Creative Writing group receives Tampon Tax money from CFNI


Start360's Engage Women's Creative group was successful in receiving funding from the Tampon Tax, via Community Foundation NI.

The funding will enable us to run four eight-week programmes in our William St head office, for 10-12 women at a time, with writer Belinda Bennetts.

Ciara, who has been working with our Engage Women's Project, is looking forward to joining the first cohort:

'I want to take part in the group as writing helps me accept myself, release my negatives and find positivity in moving forward.'

Start360 Service Manager, Clare Connolly, says,

'This funding is a great opportunity for us to further support the women we are working with. Creative writing is such a positive outlet and it helps participants to share experiences they wouldn't usually talk about - improving their mental health and confidence.'

The Tampon Tax Community Fund is money generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. UK Community Foundations was asked by government to distribute the largest share of the funding raised through this levy to small, local projects.