On the 29th March CEO Marcia Lewinson was invited by the Prime Minister to attend a reception for civil Society at 10 Downing Street, (‘Celebrating Civil Society in the Midlands Reception’).

The event was hosted by Rob Wilson MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Civil Society, who was standing in for Theresa May.

The reception was attended by a variety of charities, social enterprises and faith leaders delivering social impact in the West Midlands.

The Prime Minister has pledged support to women’s refuges. WAITS CEO seized the opportunity to chat briefly with Rob Wilson MP, sharing with him her concerns that the new government funding for women’s refuges will not be accessible to smaller charities if current tendering process don’t change.