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halton housing customer engagement team with Laura Bevan from Fortuna Femail Society

Funding support for popular Halton women’s group

18th October 2019

3 minutes

A Widnes based community group for women has received funding from Halton Housing to support its annual event.

Fortuna Female Society aims to support and empower the women of Halton while championing their rights.

The society runs regular activities and events, enabling women to increase their confidence and giving them the opportunity to get involved as and when they want. In addition, the society signposts women to relevant services.

The extra funding support from Halton Housing’s Helping Hands Initiative was used to help fund its annual ‘Women Shall Overcome’ event.

Now in its 3rd year, the event, which took place at The Studio in Widnes earlier this month, showcases the success of women in Halton and shines a spotlight on female struggles. The extra funding helped make the event to be its biggest and best yet by having two sessions.

The event saw a range of crafts and workshops for families along with inspirational speakers. In the evening an awards ceremony was held with music and entertainment to honour women from across the Borough.

Fortuna Female Society founder and chair, Laura Bevan said: “As a group, we were absolutely thrilled with the support we received from Halton Housing. This year’s event has helped us to reach more people than ever in highlighting issues affecting women and also in raising sanitary donations to be distributed to local women in need.”

Halton Housing customer engagement officer, Debbie Jameson added: “Halton Housing are really pleased to have helped support this fantastic event. The Fortuna Female Society carry out some fantastic work in helping to support and empower local women.  It is great to see that so many women in our Borough are accessing this service which is helping them to build a brighter and better future for themselves.  We are looking forward to continuing to work with them.”

Fortuna Female Society meets bi-monthly and welcome new members, seeking where possible to help disadvantaged women in the Halton area with issues of confidence and empowerment through social, physical, creative and educational workshops in a safe and social environment.

If you or someone you know run a community-based project that could benefit from the support of Halton Housing’s Helping Hands initiative, whether it’s a refurb of a scout hut, a kitchen makeover in a community centre, or a hospice garden in need of some tlc, get in touch today for an application form. To find out more visit the Helping Hands website page or email

For further information visit Fortuna Female Society Facebook page.

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