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 launch the Jean Black Bursary Fund.

All LWN’s training opportunities are subsidised by our membership and fundraising income. However, the Jean Black Bursary Fund allows us to go further and enable women who wouldn’t normally be able to afford training opportunities to participate and reap the benefits from it.

The Jean Black Bursary Fund is open to any LWN members who are low-waged, on benefits, or single parents. Successful applicants receive there training for free by LWN covering the total cost of the training plus an extra £50 towards travel or caring costs. We currently offer five fully funded bursary places per course, and aim to do at least three training weekends a year.

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

The full cost of our training is often around £320 per delegate plus the £50 for travel or childcare costs, so any support you can give is 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;

To donate £31 per month
(£370 per year) click here;

To donate £50 per month
(£600 per year), click here:
To donate £84 per month
(£1,000 per year) , click here:


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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. The bursary covers the full fee for the course, plus £50 towards travel/childcare costs.

If you would like to attend our training and receive a bursary, please click here for all the information and the link to the application form. Within the application form, there is a box to tick box to say you wish to apply for a bursary. Once the application deadline has passed, we will email you with specific requests regarding the bursary.

Please be aware that as our bursary scheme has a limited number of places available, it is often over subscribed, and that we therefore cannot guarantee to be able to accept every application.


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]