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Women that Make Change Happen

At TFN, we are so lucky to meet great women who give their time, skills and money to help other women make a positive change in their lives. What better way to celebrate International Women's Day than to share a few of those inspirational women’s stories about what moves them to take action.

Alice Williams founded Luminary Bakery to give disadvantaged women a second chance. Luminary provides training and employment in their Hackney bakery to help women gain independence and reach their potential. Though still young, Luminary has made a real impact. Over the past year, they have supported 48 women to get into work, take up further training or start a small business. Asked about the social change they have been able to make, Alice said: “Something amazing happens when women truly know their worth.”

Hannah Saverymuttu is passionate about supporting women struggling with homelessness. Hannah is involved with Providence Row homeless charity, where she teaches classes from IT and money management, to gardening, and co-founded Rise bakery, a social enterprise which trains formerly homeless people to bake. On what motivates her she says: “For me, it’s about skilling people up, nurturing passions, and getting people an accredited qualification so they’re a step closer to self sufficiency.” Having spent a decade in tech start-ups, Hannah has also shared her skills supporting Year Here social enterprises like Routes, a mentoring programme pairing career women with refugees.

Michele Fugiel Gartner is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy who knows the value of giving time and money to a cause that moves us: “Working in philanthropy means I am privileged to see the variety of ways people contribute their time, treasure, and talent... Some of the most inspirational moments have come from hearing the experience of someone supporting a small charity for the first time. There is a spark in knowing they have agency to make a difference. They are now invested and closer to their communities.”

This is a small sample of initiatives led by women to empower other women to make positive changes in their lives. If you are intrigued about giving time, treasure, and talent to support your community, find out how you can get involved here, or sign up to one of our upcoming events here

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