Help Abused Young Women get Justice in Leeds

by Leeds Women's Aid
Help Abused Young Women get Justice in Leeds
Help Abused Young Women get Justice in Leeds
Help Abused Young Women get Justice in Leeds
Help Abused Young Women get Justice in Leeds
Help Abused Young Women get Justice in Leeds
Help Abused Young Women get Justice in Leeds

Hello all,

As this year is our 50th anniversary, we’re extremely proud of the work we’ve done and appreciative of the support that helped us get here. Thank you.

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 50th Anniversary Fundraising Appeal - New children outdoor play area and dedicated tranquil garden space

We’ve had a fantastic response for our 50th Anniversary fundraising appeal. To date over £4,000 has been raised in donations! We are grateful for your goodwill and support.

This project looks to raise funds to restore and refurbish our outdoor area at our Emmeline refuge, creating a new, modern and safe children’s outdoor play area and dedicated tranquil garden space for our residents to rest, recover and connect with others. This outdoor space for families to spend time together in will help as part of their recovery from the effects of domestic violence and abuse.

The total cost of the project is £50,000. We are currently raising funds through our appeal page, trust applications and other fundraising activities.All donations will make such a huge difference to the families we support.

Please see our website for details of how to give. Thank you.

Call out for Memories

Do you have memories of Leeds Women’s Aid’s from the last 50 years?

We are collecting memories to share in honour of our 50th Anniversary and we’d love you to be a part of it! Whether you worked with us, as a staff member or trustee, have supported us or have been involved in our work in any way over the past five decades, we would love to hear from you. To get in touch, please email: fundraising@leedswomensaid.org.uk. Stories will remain anonymous upon request.

Fundraising

Are you looking to set yourself a new challenge in 2022? During our 50th year in action, we are asking our supporters to get involved in fundraising challenges to help us reach our overall appeal target of £50,000. Whatever you’re thinking of doing, we would love to hear your ideas and help you make you make them a reality. If you would like to get involved, please email: fundraising@leedswomensaid.org.uk

 

Sincerely,

The Leeds Women’s Aid Team

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Hello all,

We want to start by again saying a huge thank you for all the amazing support you’ve given us throughout 2021. Though the world is beginning to adapt and recover, this has still been a year like no other and we appreciate all support that has been given to Leeds Women’s Aid.

 

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

Facebook: facebook.com/leedswomensaid

Twitter: @LeedsWomensAid

Instagram: @LeedsWomensAid

Reverse Advent Calendar

This Christmas, we are running a Reverse Advent Calendar to launch our 50th anniversary fundraising appeal for a new children’s playground for one of our refuges. Each day throughout advent we are asking our supporters to give whatever they can, from £1 on Dec 1 up to £24 on Dec 24, to help us kick off our campaign and continue providing the very best support to women and families affected by domestic violence and abuse.

Please see our website for details of how to give. All donations will make such a huge difference to the families we support.

Leeds Women’s Aid 50th Anniversary Fundraising Appeal - New children outdoor play area and dedicated tranquil garden space

2022 marks Leeds Women’s Aid 50th year. To mark this amazing milestone we are launching a fundraising appeal to raise funds for a new children’s outdoor play area and dedicated tranquil garden space for our residents to rest, recover and connect with others.

 

Leeds Women’s Aid delivers a wide range of services for families experiencing domestic violence and abuse including emergency refuge accommodation and currently we run a number of women-only refuges along with independent safe houses for adults and children. Emmeline is our largest refuge and all of its living accommodation is separate and self-contained, but we have communal areas for the families and a large outside space. The current children’s play equipment at Emmeline is old, some of it is broken and well-worn and needs replacing to allow the families to make full use of the gardens to play and feel safe. Residents said a garden is important for them, with one resident valuing the outdoor space as "a place I can connect with my children”.

The project will involve taking out the old play equipment and replacing with new safe, modern play equipment to ensure the gardens have a safe environment. The project would allow us to offer a safe and fun outdoor space for the children to play and interact with other families in refuge which will help as part of their recovery from the effects of domestic violence and abuse. In addition, we would like to provide a dedicated tranquil space within the garden for the women which would include installing a wooden pergola, seating area and suitable bedding plants.

We would love to raise £50,000 to complete the refurbishment of Emmeline’s garden.

Please see our website for details of how to give.

Children’s and Young People’s Pages

This year, Leeds Women’s Aid launched four specialist webpages tailored to support children and young people affected by domestic violence and abuse in their families or own relationships. These pages provide vital information on recognising the signs of domestic violence and abuse, calling the police and support helplines, and understanding other children and young people’s experiences to help them find support and feel less alone.

To find out more, please visit the Leeds Women’s Aid website: https://leedswomensaid.co.uk/children/.

All donations we will make such a huge difference to the families we support.

Thank you and have a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Sincerely,

The Leeds Women’s Aid Team

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Hello all,

We want to start by saying a huge thank you for all the support you’ve continued to give us during this challenging time.  

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

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

Facebook: facebook.com/leedswomensaid

Twitter: @LeedsWomensAid

Instagram: @LeedsWomensAid

 

Looking Back on a Challenging Year

This year has been the most challenging that our charity has known since its inception. The pandemic began challenging us at the end of the last financial year, and the whole of this past year has seen us face three lockdowns, regional and local restrictions, and changes to our service delivery.

We have, however, had an incredible year, we have pulled together as an organisation, from trustees leaders, managers, staff teams, volunteers, service users and our supporters

The response we have had from our supporters has been overwhelming; we have won the hearts of many, shown how important our life-saving services are, found new supporters and followers, rejoiced in our talented and committed staff and raised huge amounts of awareness for what we do.

This year we have increased: our social media presence, visitors to our website and our income generation, in particular from our public appeals.

During this team, demand for our services has grown substantially. Domestic Violence & Abuse was recognised as a national crisis during the pandemic. From May 2020 to April 2021, the number of calls to our helpline quadrupled at their peak and requests for refuge accommodation outstripped demand by a factor of 30. We have supported over 7,000 women and families over the past year.

We want to say a massive thank you to all of our staff, volunteers and supporters who have helped us meet this increased demand.

 

Children and Young People’s Web Pages

We are pleased to share that our newly developed Children and Young People’s web pages will be going live at the end of July.

These web pages have been created to support children and young people affected by domestic violence & abuse. They are filled with helpful links, specialist resources and useful information aimed at helping young people better understand their experiences, access appropriate support and feel less alone during what can be an incredibly isolating time.

These pages also feature some beautiful artwork from some of the children in our refuges.

You will be able to view these web pages at: leedswomensaid.org.uk/children/

 

Make a Will Month Campaign

This September, Leeds Women’s Aid is partnering with a number of local solicitors to run our annual Make a Will Month. This campaign gives our supporters the opportunity to have their Will written or updated without having to pay the usual fees. Instead you will be invited to make a voluntary donation to our charity, helping support women and children affected by domestic violence & abuse.

Places are limited, so if you are interested in taking part, please get in touch with our Fundraising Team as soon as possible at: fundraising@leedswomensaid.org.uk

 

Best wishes,

Nik

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Hello all,

The whole of the country has been shocked, saddened and scared by the horrific events of the last few weeks, with the abduction and murder of Sarah Everard on her way home. There has been a huge reaction in Leeds and elsewhere in the press and media, online and on social media and on the street, in the workplace and in the home. This year, since 1st January and 3rd March when Sarah Everard was killed 27 other women were killed, including 93-year-old Eileen Dean and 20-year-old N’Taya Elliott-Cleverley.

A recent investigation by United Nations Women found that 97% of young women aged 18-24 have been sexually harassed, and 80% for women of all ages, with 96% of women saying they wouldn't report situations because they don't think it would change anything.

This can’t be right for our sisters, daughters, friends and colleagues.

 

Supporting Women and Families During Lockdown

Demand in the last year for our Domestic Violence & Abuse services has grown hugely, with helpline calls almost treble that of last year, referrals double and requests for refuge accommodation outstripping demand by a factor or 30.

During this last year, women and girls have told us:

  • 29% say they feel more isolated since the outbreak
  • 21% of clients say that Emotional Abuse has increased
  • 19% say that they have experienced a delay with a Family, Civil or Criminal Court case
  • 17% say they are unable to access mental health or group support
  • 14% say that jealous/controlling behaviour has increased
  • 12% say that harassment/stalking has increased
  • 11% of clients say they are struggling to manage their finances since the outbreak
  • 5% have needed support to access foodbanks

We have received such support during such a difficult year for everyone, and we want to thank you all for continuing to support us.

 

A Day in the Life of a Children and Family Worker During Lockdown

Throughout the pandemic, our Children and Family Workers have continued providing specialist support for the children and families in our refuges.

Since the first lockdown came in, there has been an increase in the amount of telephone support given to residents. This is a good way for the Children and Family Workers to provide 1-2-1 support with the women and older children but when it comes to supporting younger children, this is best done face-to-face where possible.

One of the other challenges of the lockdown has been that there haven’t been any group sessions for the children or days trips for the families. The group sessions are a great way for the children to interact with other children and to build a positive relationship with the staff running the sessions. Without these sessions in place, it can be harder for the Children and Family Workers to form strong relationships with the children.

Another barrier is having to wear a mask which hides your facial expressions from others. This can be particularly difficult when working with very young children and children who have experienced trauma.

Despite these challenges, the most rewarding part of the job is having a positive impact on the children. Our Children and Family Workers give certainty and support to children at a very difficult time in their lives. Another highlight of the job is seeing the smiles on the children’s faces when passing on donated items to the families such as the Christmas gifts which were generously donated by our supporters.

 

Charity Shop Stock Appeal

Due to the various lockdowns and restrictions over the past year we have found ourselves with a shortage of Spring and Summer wear for the forthcoming season change over. If you have any suitable seasonal items that you no longer need, please consider saving and donating them to our charity shop once we are able to reopen on 12th April 2021. Please keep an eye on our social media and website for details of our shop events.

 

Best wishes,

Nik

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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

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Leeds Women's Aid

Location: Leeds - United Kingdom
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Nik Peasgood
Leeds, United Kingdom
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