Nov 30, 2020

Merry Christmas from Leeds Women's Aid

Hello all,

We want to start by saying a huge thank you for all the support you’ve given us throughout 2020. This has been a year like no other and we’ve had to adapt our services to meet the demand for support in these unprecedented times.

We couldn’t have done this without the generosity of our supporters.

Wishing you a happy and peaceful Christmas from the Leeds Women’s Aid team.

Charity Shop 5th Anniversary and Refurbishment

This year marks 5 years since our Leeds Women’s Aid charity shop opened its doors. Since we opened our shop in 2015, money raised through the shop has been used to help fund our vital Domestic Violence & Abuse support services. We couldn’t do this without our amazing staff, volunteers, supporters and customers!

Your impact over the past 5 years:

  • Our dedicated volunteers have put in over 8,400 volunteer hours.
  • Our generous supporters have given the shop over 18,000 donations.
  • We have over 800 registered Gift Aid donors.
  • We have recycled a staggering 86 tonnes of rags and 210kg of crisp packets. Your donations of unwanted goods which are not fit for sale and crisp packets are recycled to raise vital funds for our charity.

We have also recently had our charity shop refurbished. We hope you like the bright new colours which showcase our new branding and communicate our charity’s values and what we believe.

Our shop is temporarily closed due to the national lockdown. We look forward to welcoming customers back to the shop from Wednesday 2nd December. The shop address is: 102 New Road Side, Horsforth, LS18 4QB.

Leeds Women’s Aid Christmas Cards

We are pleased to announce that we are selling our very own Leeds Women’s Aid charity Christmas cards. The cards have been lovingly designed by the children staying in our refuges. The cards are being sold in packs of 12 which consist of 4 designs, for £2.99 (plus postage and packaging).

We will also be selling the cards in our Charity Shop which will reopen following the national lockdown. You can also check out our social media for details of how to purchase the cards online.

Buy a Gift for a Woman or Child in Refuge

Due to  COVID-19 restrictions, we are encouraging our supporters to purchase Christmas gifts through Hope Revolution rather than collecting physical donations this year. The Hope Revolution website allows you to purchase Christmas gifts for the women and children in our refuges which will then posted to us free of charge.

You can purchase gifts for women and children in our refuges here: www.hope-revolution.org/leedswomensaid

 

Thank you for your support,

Nik

Aug 3, 2020

Thank You for Your Support

Hello all,

We want to start by saying a massive thank you for all the support you’ve given us over the past few challenging months.

You may have read about the increase in Domestic Violence & Abuse during the lockdown. We have been working hard to adapt our services to meet this increased demand despite experiencing an initial loss of income due to the cancellation of fundraising events and the temporary closure of our charity shop.

It’s thanks to the generosity of our supporters that we’ve been able to continue supporting vulnerable women and children.

To stay updated on the work of our charity, please follow us on social media:

Facebook: facebook.com/leedswomensaid

Twitter: @LeedsWomensAid

Instagram: @LeedsWomensAid

 

Leeds Women’s Aid launches Live Chat service

In order to make sure everyone feels safe accessing our support services, we have launched a confidential online chat through the Leeds Women’s Aid website.

We have seen a huge demand for support during the pandemic, with helpline calls doubling and referrals increasing by more than 60%. Searches for refuge beds increased by 100% in one week, with women and families trying to find somewhere to flee to.

In order to access support, visit www.leedswomensaid.org.uk and click on the blue ‘Chat’ icon.

The Live Chat service is open:

Monday to Friday 1 to 3pm

Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 to 9:30pm

 

Leeds Women’s Aid Charity Shop reopens

We are pleased to announce that our charity shop has now re-opened following the easing of lockdown restrictions. Our shop team have worked tirelessly to ensure safety measures have been implemented throughout the premises including installation of hand sanitiser stations, Perspex till screens and a new one-way system to help maintain social distancing.

The shop has been replenished with new seasonal clothes and accessories so customers can stock up on summer staples such as playsuits, linen trousers and maxi dresses.

The shop opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and the address is 102 New Road Side, Horsforth, LS18 4QB. We can accept donations between 10am and 2pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

Thank you for your support,

Nik & the Team

Apr 7, 2020

Supporting Women and Children during COVID-19

Hello all,

This is an incredibly difficult time for everyone, and as a charity we are particularly worried about the safety of people who may be being forced to isolate with their abuser. As a local charity, our main priority is to ensure we can continue to deliver the vital services to help women and children in danger, as well as ensuring the families in our care are as safe as possible.

Supporting women and children during COVID-19

The outbreak means we’re facing unprecedented times. We’d like to reassure you that, we at Leeds Women’s Aid are making every effort to continue to provide all of our services whilst protecting our staff and service users. 

In these difficult times, we are continuing to provide life-saving support for women and children affected by domestic violence and abuse. Drop-ins are temporarily suspended but our refuges, 24/7 helpline and IDVA service remain open. Some services are being offered remotely using computers and mobile phones. If anyone needs our support, they can contact us through the usual channels: call 0113 246 0401 or email us on administration@leedswomensaid.org.uk

Charity Shop Closure and Donations

Due to the risk of COVID-19 and in line with government guidance the decision has been made to close our charity shop for the foreseeable future. We look forward to reopening again when it is safe and responsible to do so and welcome back our valued team of volunteers and loyal customers.

We would be very grateful for any online cash donations to help make up for this loss of income. Our shop in Horsforth is one of our most important streams of revenue to ensure we can continue to operate and without it, lives could be at risk.

 Thank you for your support and I’ll be in touch again soon,

Nik

 
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