Local community group Welwyn Hatfield Community Services was recently awarded £10,000 by the National Lottery Community Fund, to support their work with vulnerable women and families.

Set up by Welwyn Hatfield residents Lola and Jessica, the organisation supports vulnerable women and families who have suffered from a variety of issues related to domestic abuse and loneliness.

The organisation’s volunteers teach young women how to sew and design their own clothes, to both provide them with a skill and help them integrate into the community. They also offer free clothing repairs and alterations to those in the community such as elderly and isolated residents, who can enjoy tea, coffee and conversation while they wait.

Presenting the National Lottery cheque, MP Grant Shapps said “It was fantastic to meet Lola and Jessica and hear about the great work they are doing locally. I am grateful to the National Lottery for the funding they have provided, which will help more young and vulnerable people get the skills and support they need.”

Founding member Jessica Ekwunife said “Meeting with our local MP gave me the confidence to believe that I was making an impact in my community. With the generous donation from National Lottery and the guidance and support of Grant Shapps, we can really make a difference in many people’s lives.”

The organisation invites anyone from the community to join them at their free monthly sessions at Woodhall Community Centre, WGC, the next of which is from 9:30 – 12:30 on 7th October.