Life-changing donation of £4,000 received from the Community Foundation for International Women's Day - My CMS

Changing Lives was honoured to receive a donation of £4,000 from the Community Foundation following their 2018 Women in Philanthropy celebration event in Newcastle.

On Friday 2 March 2018, in spite of snow and difficult conditions, over 220 women from the North East’s private, public and voluntary sectors joined in solidarity to celebrate Women in Philanthropy with the Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation and its guests raised over £10,000 for the Women’s Fund, from which a generous donation of £4,000 was made to Changing Lives, for its project supporting women in the North East who are experiencing sexual exploitation. It will help us to continue to support the women identified as victims in the Operation Sanctuary case, as well as other people involved in sex work and ‘survival sex’.

Changing Lives has been supporting people involved in sex work, survival sex, or at risk of sexual exploitation, for over a decade. We provide holistic support to some of the most disadvantaged people in our local community, and help them to build relationships centred on trust and respect.

Changing Lives’ Director of Women’s Services, Laura Seebohm, presented at the event, which was held to recognise the importance of women in philanthropy and the impact that this had had on life in North East England. Laura talked about our experience of supporting victims in the high-profile Operation Sanctuary case, which hit the headlines last year.

The event was sponsored by Rathbone Investment Management and the Crowne Plaza – Newcastle Stephenson Quarter.

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