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Whether leading from the front, or behind the scenes, women are so often at the heart of community action. This month, we celebrate some of the many brilliant women pushing for equality and doing amazing things in their local areas. We also ask what lessons we can learn from them.

When Haircuts4Homeless won the Greggs4Good photo competition we called them for a chat and were blown away by their remarkable story.  

Juicy funding news and community events to get involved in also below.

Meet 8 women leading community action

We get to meet some seriously inspiring women through our work at Semble. In honour of International Women’s Day, we want to shine a light on some of the ways we see women pushing boundaries and driving change. Here we celebrate 8 brilliant female changemakers.

6 lessons learnt from women creating community change

By sharing our knowledge and experience we can harness the power of collective wisdom. With this in mind, we spoke to women from a bunch of organisations which are either women-led or have women’s rights at their core. We asked them what advice they'd give to women in the community sector and unearthed a list of golden nuggets.

Haircuts4Homeless win #Greggs4Good Photo Competition

"Once you touch someone you break the barrier and allow them to open up because they feel seen".

When Stewart Roberts brought his hairdressing scissors along to a homeless shelter, he was only planning to give one or two cuts. But the reaction he got was something he never expected. 68 projects and 600 volunteers later Haircuts4Homeless has given 40,000 sessions in the barber’s chair to people dealing with homelessness.

Supports new community business ideas with tailored advice and grants of up to £15,000. Suitable for community businesses established for less than 5 years and incorporated or unincorporated organisations with a community business idea. Deadline: 7 April 2020
Community Investment Fund
This Fund invests in social sector organisations located in England that are community-based and locally-led, offering long-term, flexible loans ranging from £250,000 to £2 million. Deadline: rolling program

Check out the full Semble event listings and add your own events here.
A practical training workshop trying out a range of methods that you can use to create and share stories in all environments. Take away specific tips & techniques that can engage your learners or participants.
27 March, Manchester
An evening of heritage variety apple, pear, quince or medlar tree grafting, teaching you a few techniques, tips and tricks to extend or start your orchard.
20 April, London
Do you have a business idea or an existing business you would like to grow? This Enterprise Program for start-up business is completely free. Primarily aimed at lone mothers interested in getting support to get their business off the ground. Currently accepting applications for their April program.
Follow us on social for more community-led content this International Women’s Day. And tag us in your posts for the chance of a reshare from @SembleUK.

In solidarity,
Chloe & the Semble team

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