Rural Voices

Pulling down barriers


In 2017, through our four independent charitable Foundations, we helped more than 2,800 charities to do more to tackle disadvantage in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. These included Northern Ireland Rural Women’s Network, a charity that advocates on behalf rural women, highlighting issues they face. 

The Trustees of Halifax Foundation Northern Ireland recognised the true potential of this programme in helping Rural Women find their voice and confidence in tackling issues close to their heart such as Poverty and the Economy; Social Isolation and Health and Wellbeing.

Brenda McMullan, Foundation Manager

Giving rural women a voice


The grant from the Halifax Foundation is supporting the charity’s ‘Rural Voices’ research project. Local rural community groups are being given the opportunity to engage directly with experts and decision makers to explore practical solutions, policy levers and methods to influence for change, on a range of issues including caring, transport, education and training, poverty, isolation and health and wellness.

The funding of the project was supported under the Foundation’s Special Initiative programme, a small pot of funding reserved for projects that are strategic in nature with a Northern Ireland wide reach.

The Northern Ireland Rural Women’s Network is very grateful to have received funding from the Halifax Foundation NI to deliver our ‘Rural Voices’ research project. This support has meant that we could conduct action research with rural women across Northern Ireland. The findings will be presented in a research report which we believe will not only assist rural women to advocate for themselves but will also support decision makers to take account of the issues affecting rural women across the region.

Louise Coyle, NIRWN

Giving rural women a voice

Our committment

In 2017, through our independent charitable Foundations, we helped more than 2,800 charities to tackle disadvantage in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. Our contribution enables the Foundations to make grants to local, regional and national charities – most of which focus on supporting disadvantaged people during key transitions in their lives.

As part of our Helping Britain Prosper Plan we have set a target to support 7500 charities by 2020 to help them tackle social disadvantage across the UK.

The Helping Britain Prosper Plan was launched in 2014 and unites our Group and our colleagues to meet targets to address core socio-economic issues facing the UK. We believe we can use our scale and reach to help people, businesses and communities to prosper, because we know that when Britain prospers, we can too.

You can find out more about the targets we have set here