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
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Stall at IWD event

Hello again on a lovely bright spring afternoon, although this morning created chaos in Leeds with unexpected snow! We are celebrating International Women's Day (IWD) here with millions of women and men around the globe; acknowledging and thanking many amazing women for the contributions they have made.

This day, and this worldwide acknowledgement of IWD, is really important for our work and for the young women and girls we work with. They have expreinced the most horrendous violation of their human rights, abuse by people who should love and protect them, and their self esteem is probably at their lowest.

They need to know that there is hope for them, that girls and women aren't just there to be used and abused, and that no matter who they are, where they are from and what has happened to them, they can move from 'victim' to 'survivor' and people will celebrate the achievements that they will make for their future, and for future generations.

Your ongoing support to our work, is vitally important. We are ethical, professional and work really hard to approrpriately support women and girls in the best way we can.

We raise awareness when we can, we support when we can, and we celebrate achievements when we can!

This year, we are 45 years old! We have numerous things on going to celebrate this work, and would like you to stay invovled with us in some way.

We'll be having a huge 45th anniversary in October, and if you, as a valued supporter, would like to attend, then please contact us to discuss. Please email nik@leedswomensaid.org.uk.

We are also working with an amazing woman who makes clay and 'serves' tea. She has handmade 100 lotus flower tealight holders and will donate to us a percentage of any that are sold. Please see these on http://www.teaclaylove.com/index.php/love-peace

So going forwards, please follow us on @leedswomensaid and here's to hoping that our work won't be needed in another 45 years time!

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Hello everyone,

It's that time again, something we look forward to and dread in equal amounts! The joy and friendship of Christmas festivities, whatever your views, religions and values, Christmas-time gives us all the opportunity to come together and thank each other for support, help and work done; share stories of a successes and challenges of the year; and to look fowards together to the next year.

Whether you indiviudually have some time off over christmas, whether you are like some of our refuge staff who work all over christmas and new year (including Christmas Day and New Years Day), offering a life line to vulnerable women and children, or whether you give your time gladly and freely to family, friends or those less fortunate than yourselves, just remember to take some time (even if it's small) for yourself to thank yourself, reflect on your personal achievements, and consider what you want from the year ahead.

For us at Leeds Women's Aid incorporating HALT we will be working all the way through Christmas and new year and it doesn't stop. Unfortunately abuse of women and girls does not end, just because we hope that the world will come together in joy and happiness over the festive period. We will see an increase in referrals over Christmas; and the new year will see more people than ever reporting to the police, contacting our 24-hour services, and needing support to stay safe and go to court.

Our workers, both paid and unpaid, are stars in our eyes. They put our clients first and will try, whatever the weather, circumstances or time of day, to be there unconditionally.

At this time of year I would like to reach out and say a massive thank you to you - our donors and people who have supported our work - to our funders and stakeholders, and to our staff and volunteers for their remarkable work.

Many thanks and all the very best for a great 2018!

Nik :)

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We've had a really great, if busy, few months, hence the slight delay in our latest report. Please accept our apologies. We have had great news, HALT Domestic Violence has merged with Leeds Women's Aid (LWA). Our project of working with young women and girls has a great new home, and we now have so many different services for women and girls in Leeds. We have been busy working to keep young women and girls safe.

On average two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week in England and Wales

130,000 children within the UK are currently living with Domestic Abuse

In 2016 the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage in 1,428 cases (80% of whom were female)

We have a working name of LWA incorporating HALT and are now the largest women’s charitable organisation in Leeds. We provide a range of the very best services for vulnerable women and girls with a multiple and complex needs along with victims and survivors of: domestic, sexual & honour based violence and abuse; forced marriage; trafficking; stalking and harassment.

HALT (Help, Advice and the Law Team) was responsible for the delivery of the Independent Domestic Violence advocacy (IDVA) service in Leeds. HALT was established in 1994 working with victims of domestic, sexual and honour based violence, stalking and forced marriage. It was the first advocacy project of its kind in the UK, and many other areas of the country have developed similar projects.

Leeds Women’s Aid (LWA) was established in 1973 and opened the second refuge in the country. LWA provide community based support and emergency refuge accommodation for women and children affected by domestic violence and women who have been trafficked into the sex industry. LWA is the lead agency in the Leeds Domestic Violence (LDVS) Consortium and the Big Lottery funded Women’s Lives Leeds (WLL) project.

We have the provision to house up to 44 women and 100 children at any one time; we are working with over 200 women, young women and girls across Leeds every day, to help them be safer, happier, healthier and more secure.

Please stay with us for the next stage in our journey and join in when you can.

Thank you for being a supporter and for believing in us!

All the team at LWA incorporating HALT :)

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We wanted to start with a great big THANK YOU. We have been building momentum in our on-line presence and have achieved record numbers of donors and are now "SuperStar" GlobalGiving Partners. 

This has meant a bigger profile for the life saving work that we are doing and access to more donors and influential people who can make our dreams of rolling out our work to more and more young women and girls a potential reality.

This quarter we were approached by GlobalGiving to say an individual has a portfolio of giving through GlobalGiving and wanted to give us £15,000 towards our project. This was quite frankly amazing to us and has never happened before. This could never have happened without the dedication, support and loyalty of all of you supporters, our staff, volunteers and our clients. We only started on our on-line, #crowdfunding journey in December and have already raced towards our target, looking like we'll achieve it.

We are not complacent though as we want to do more and more work with young women and girls and work with them in more difficult circumstances. We'd also like to offer some work around stopping abuse before it happens and are thinking up the next project that we can do.

We also work with a range of other client groups, including women and families, offering a wide-range of services to them. Your generosity keeps us going and enables us to have a voice not only in Leeds, but regionally and nationally.

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

All the best from the whole team....

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Before working with GlobalGiving we had very limited experience of on-line fundraising and no experience of crowdfunding. So, full of excitement and trepidation we got lots of support and advice from them and put together our donations page, trying to explain what we do and why. We tried to get across to potential new donors (you!) how much we would appreciate any donation and how special we would feel no matter how much people could afford to give us.

Nik says: “Our whole organisation – both paid staff and Trustees – got on board very early on; we publicised our Page electronically, did off-line events and annoyed everyone we knew, asking them to donate – the momentum was spectacular!”

We set a full project target of £5,336, but the target of the Challenge was that we hoped to be able to reach £2,500 with 50 donors. If we did this, we would become a ‘partner’ of GlobalGiving, and then we would be able to use their site, and their expertise, to continue to raise money towards the full target over time.

Nik continues: “We knew that we were unlikely to win the challenge as we are a small to medium local charity and were up against national and international charities, but the camaraderie was excellent within the challenge and the spirit of ‘joining in’ really rubbed off. Our team were amazing, we had buckets, cupcakes, on-line donations, biscuit baking (see the theme!!) and it all started an incredible momentum that didn’t seem to stop”.

We faced setbacks but also came up with innovative ideas – because it was Christmas time they did a social media campaign to ask people to donate to their charity instead of buying Christmas cards. Also a member of staff wrote a really engaging poem.

Dawn (author of the poem) says: “I love poems and find it is a way of getting a lot of information to people in a short and fun way. I find it easy to write things in an engaging way in a poem and it’s great to see people’s reactions to it”.

Although our team knew that we have a lifesaving project, it was quite difficult to promote as we can’t use photographs of real clients due to their age and the sensitivity and risk attached to our work, we were successful at generating more and more interest.

We managed to beat the GG target of £2,500 and our total stands at £2,803 and we have had 68 individual donations.

Nik ends by saying: “Because of the amazing training and resources offered to us by the brilliant GlobalGiving team, the dedication of the whole of our organisation in learning and translating that learning into action, and the amazing support and generosity of you, our donors, we are now a “Super Star” partner of GlobalGiving and are already a Top-Ranked Organisation (we have a ‘badge’ to prove it!) We have thoroughly enjoyed the Crowdfunding Challenge, it has been so rewarding, both financially (donations are still coming in!) and knowledge wise for the organisation.”

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Leeds Women's Aid

Location: Leeds - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @leedswomensaid
Project Leader:
Nik Peasgood
Leeds, United Kingdom
$12,235 raised of $15,000 goal
 
157 donations
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