Jean Black Bursary Fund

Jean Black was one of four pioneering women who founded Labour Women’s Network, serving for many years as its Treasurer. Sadly, Jean died aged just 57 in early 2019.

As a mark of our appreciation to Jean and desire to continue her drive to knock down barriers to women entering and excelling in public life, LWN is proud to host the Jean Black Bursary Fund.

All LWN training opportunities are subsidised by LWN members and our fundraising, this is specifically to reduce financial barriers to participants, including funding our Jean Black Bursary Fund.  However Covid-19 continues to hit LWN's training plans, finances and our ability to fundraise hard. 

The Jean Black Bursary Fund is open to any LWN members who are low-waged, on benefits, or single parents, with successful applicants accessing our training at a fraction of the cost (normally £5).  Those who attend our weekend residential courses also receive an extra £50 towards travel or caring costs. 

We always welcome new donors to the Jean Black Bursary Fund!


Finding venues that meet the needs of all delegates (in terms of accessibility and dietary needs) is extremely important to us but it can be costly, the full cost of our weekend residentials is often around £320 per delegate, and whilst training via Zoom has fewer overheads, it still has several associated costs coming in the thousands. 

So any support you can give is always very welcomed!  

But if you can afford to go further, any extra donation will be used to advance our training and campaign work.  You can make a monthly donation via Go Cardless, click below;



Thank you!

Or if you wish to set up a standing order please email Jane on [email protected] and she will send you all the details and how to set up a donation via our Unity Trust account.

If you would like to apply for a bursary
The Jean Black Bursary Fund is open to any LWN members (membership must be active at the time of applying for your training) who are low-waged, on benefits, or single parents on all our course.  Please complete the application form on each of the courses you would like to attend and complete the relevant section on bursaries.

Bursary places are limited per course, therefore cannot guarantee everyone will be successful.

The legal bits:

By making a donation to Labour Women’s Network, I understand and accept the following:

  • If I donate more than £500 checks will be made to ensure my name is listed on the UK electoral register (excluding the Channel Islands and Isle of Man).
  • If I donate more than £7,500 in a calendar year, my name and the amount of the donation will be published on the Electoral Commission's website, although my home address will not be made public.
  • I must use my own funds to make a donation to Labour Women’s Network.
  • Donations are not tax-deductible.
  • Should you need to contact us please email Jane or Claire on [email protected]