Jan 7, 2020

Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year

Hello all,

We would like to say a big thank you for the support you have given our charity throughout 2019 and we hope you had a happy and restful festive period.

Over the past year, we’ve provided support for thousands of women and children experiencing domestic violence and abuse. We can only do this work because of the generosity of our supporters.

We are particularly grateful to all the groups, businesses and individuals who donated Christmas gifts for the women and children staying in our refuges to show them they are being thought of.

We will be in touch again soon, for any further news, check out our website on www.leedswomensaid.org.uk and follow us on Twitter or Facebook on @LeedsWomensAid

Looking forward to 2020

We have lots of exciting things planned for 2020 including the launch of our new Leeds Women’s Aid logo and branding which we’ve been working hard on over the past few months and are looking forward to sharing with you soon.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we’re also going to install new play equipment and resurface the gardens at our refuge accommodation in order to create lovely gardens where the women we support can relax and their children can play.

This year also marks 5 years since our Leeds Women’s Aid charity shop opened in Horsforth. Our charity shop is a vibrant local enterprise which has helped us raise vital funds for our domestic violence support services. They sell clothing, books, homeware, toys and games and are open Monday to Saturday at 102 New Road Side, LS18 4QB. Please consider popping in to see if you can grab yourself a bargain and keep an eye out for details of our 5-year anniversary celebrations later in the year.

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

Nik

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Oct 8, 2019

Autumn Update from Leeds Women's Aid

Hello all,

Because of the generosity of our supporters, we’re able to empower thousands of women and families every year to live in safety, free from abuse and fear. This includes supporting hundreds of vulnerable women and girls through our Independent Domestic Violence Advocates Team (IDVAs).

This month, we’d like to share an insight into the vital work our IDVAs do to support vulnerable victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse as well as letting you know about an exciting project at one of our refuge sites.

We will be in touch again soon, for any further news, check out our website on www.leedswomensaid.org.uk and follow us on Twitter or Facebook on @LeedsWomensAid

A Day in the Life of an IDVA

Over the past year our IDVA team has supported over 350 high risk victims of domestic violence & abuse (DV & A). This support can include advice on family and criminal law, liaising with the police and supporting victims giving evidence at trial. Our IDVAs are a vital part of the Leeds Domestic Violence Service in which Leeds Women’s Aid is the lead agency. On average, each client receives 12.5 hours of specialist support from one of our IDVAs. We spoke to Audrey*, Jane*, Aisha* and Lucy* from our IDVA Team to find out about the reality of the job and how their role has changed over time.

Because of their busy and diverse caseloads, “there’s no average day”. A day could include attending the Leeds Front Door Safeguarding Hub where serious cases of DV & A in the city are discussed with a range of agencies. Jane said that “our main motivation is to give the voice of the victim” at these meetings.

The team spoke highly of their work ethic and morale: Lucy said “we all help each other and work together in the interest of the clients”. They said one of the best parts of the job is knowing you’ve been able to help someone such as when passing on vital information such as court outcomes or prison release dates gives the client peace of mind. They also mentioned how nice it is when former clients get back in touch to thank them and let them know how they’re getting on.

Despite these positives, supporting some of the most high risk people in Leeds has its challenges. Audrey described how it can sometimes be “hard to switch off” outside of work and that she often finds herself asking “Have I done enough?” to support a client. Sometimes the team hear someone’s story and then the victim decides they don’t want to take it any further. This can be concerning, but we know that it has to be the right time for each individual. Our IDVAs let clients know that when they are ready for support, they will be there to help them.

The team believe there is a greater awareness about DV & A and people are more open about the subject now than they once were: “It’s always been around but now it’s taken more seriously”.

*Names have been changed

 

Refuge Gardens Project

We’re raising money to install new play equipment and resurface the gardens at our refuge accommodation. We want to create lovely gardens where the women we support can relax and their children can play, to help take their minds of their traumatic experiences and make happy memories.

Due to their experiences with domestic violence and the uncertainties that lay ahead, play-based activities offer the families we support some normality in their lives and provide an outlet from the challenges faced by the children. Playing outside helps children have fun, make new friends, develop their social interaction skills and increase self confidence and self esteem.

If you can help today with a donation, large or small, to bring us closer to our overall target of £50,000, we would be very grateful.

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

Nik

Aug 2, 2019

Help Fund New Play Area for Children in Refuge

Hello all,

We’re raising money to install new play equipment and resurface the gardens at our refuge accommodation. We want to create lovely gardens where the women we support can relax and their children can play, to help take their minds of their traumatic experiences and make happy memories.

All of the donations we receive during the month of August will be used to help fund this outdoor playground refurbishment. As part of their Little by Little campaign, Global Giving will be match funding all donations up to $50 during the month of August so please give generously. All eligible donations made to partners with Partner or Leader status will be matched at 50%, while all partners with Superstar status will be matched at 60%.

Due to their experiences with domestic violence and the uncertainties that lay ahead, play-based activities offer the families we support some normality in their lives and provide an outlet from the challenges faced by the children. Playing outside helps children have fun, make new friends, develop their social interaction skills and increase self confidence and self esteem.

If you can help today with a donation, large or small, to bring us closer to our overall target of £50,000, we would be very grateful.

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

Nik

 
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