Newport Women’s Forum

IMG_1762The Newport Women’s Forum aims to empower and support women by providing personal development funding. Women aged 18 and over who live in Newport can apply for a grant of up to £1000. The applicant must demonstrate that the money will make a significant difference.

Photographed is Catherine Cains the owner of Twisted Strings at the Newport Women’s Forum held at the Barnabas Arts House. This year Newport Women’s Forum celebrated its 20th year of awarding bursaries to women in Newport.

Catherine makes arm knitted infinity scarves and she was awarded £250 to pay for a stand at Wonderwool Wales 2016. Catherine said: “I am so grateful to the Newport Women’s Forum for choosing me to receive this award. It gives me a feeling of validation for my craft and recognition for the hard work that I have put into my business so far. Having the opportunity to attend Wonderwool 2016 with my arm knitted infinity scarves will take my business to a totally new audience and I am very excited to attend.”

Pictured (Left to Right): Dame Rosemary Janet Mair Butler DBE AM, Monika Kudaseva, Catherine Cains, and Mayoress Jacqueline Mitchell.

Monika originally from Lithuania said: “It was great to meet a group of women determined to overcome obstacles and to be successful in life. I hope to follow the example of how best to make something of yourself and to reach out for my own goals.”

Previous winners have secured funding to help with the purchase of specialist equipment, places on training courses and personal development.

The Newport-based Batani Bambanani singing group appeared at Newport Women’s Forum’s presentation evening. Listen to them sing here: 


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