The social enterprise helping to get vulnerable women back into work and education.

Women’s Business Station in Dundee sets up new arm to help people affected by mental health, addiction and crime.

A new social enterprise in Dundee is aiming to get vulnerable women back into work and education.

Women’s Business Station received £10,000 funding from the Government’s Tampon Tax Community Fund for a project aimed at empowering women supported by four Dundee charities. It aims to provide a free service to charities supporting women affected by mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, and crime. The idea is to build confidence, self-belief and skills to support them into volunteering, education or employment and work experience.

Women’s Business Station, which launched in November 2019, builds on the legacy of the Coca-Cola 5by20 Dundee programme which offered courses and support for local women wishing to set up their own business. This new arm of WBS will see a group of mentor volunteers from business and the community work with 60 women in year one, rising to 80 by year three, divided equally between each charity.

WBS CEO Angie De Vos said, “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant which will greatly complement the vital work which these charities are already doing and make a real difference, not only to some of the most vulnerable women in Dundee, but to their children and wider community.

We are highly experienced in empowering women into employment and business, some of whom have been affected by low self-esteem, mental health issues, poverty and difficult family backgrounds. We are confident that these bespoke courses will add a different dynamic to the women’s lives, empower them to take control and prove that they have choices which can make a tangible difference to their futures and the communities they live in.”

The Government’s Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. To date, a total of £6.9 million has been awarded. The fund is managed by Foundation Scotland.

A Foundation Scotland spokesperson said: “This funding supports the groups on the ground that are making a huge difference to the lives of women and girls. We know there is huge demand out there for these services and are proud to help small organisations working in our community to access vital public funding, which otherwise they may miss out on.”

The above article first published on insider.co.uk in Jan, 2020.