FUNDS are needed to help a Dorset network improve emotional health and wellbeing for women.

Women’s Action Network Dorset (WAND) is focusses on ending violence against women.

They arrange awareness raising events, offer training and information opportunities for organisations that work with women and provide vulnerable women a safe supportive environment in which to seek help.

Susan Bickle, of WAND, said: “We try to end social isolation through a range of female friendly activates suitable for all ages and backgrounds.”

The Do It for Dorset campaign is a joint initiative between the Dorset Echo and the Dorset Community Foundation – a registered charity dedicated to promoting charitable giving and grant making for charities and community groups across the county.

The foundation works with secret millionaires, family businesses and companies who want to give back to their community.

Do It for Dorset aims to raise awareness and funds for charities signed up to The women’s network aims to encourage women to make new friendships by getting together for activities and social events, campaign for women’s rights and support women by drawing on collective experiences.

Ms Bickle added: “We have three main aims – social, serious and supportive. Through this we aim to improve emotional health and wellbeing for women across Dorset, especially focussed on ending violence against women.”

Funds raised will go towards achieving improved health and wellbeing in women and reducing domestic violence.

To donate or find out more visit

  • If you are a charity, sports club, village hall or a community group and would like to join the Do It for Dorset campaign, contact manager Tracy Melling on 01202 315952.

Those wishing to find out more about volunteering for a project are also advised to contact Tracy Melling.