Funding boost to award winning Staffordshire women’s charity

    17/02/2020


    OFFICIAL OPENING OF FORWARD HOUSE

    An award-winning charity that helps victims of domestic abuse is to be given more than £100,000.

    Stafford Borough Council has secured the government funding to help Staffordshire Women’s Aid (SWA) support victims of abusive relationships. 

    The money will pay for two practitioners to provide support to women and children living in ForWard House – the refuge run by SWA. The role is seen as a vital first step on the journey to help victims rebuild their confidence and self-esteem. 

    The £100,078 will also be used to ensure round the clock help is available to the women – especially out of hours - as well as setting up wellbeing workshops to tackle mental health issues.

    ForWard House provides high quality accommodation and support for women and children escaping domestic violence. The £2.6 million facility opened in 2016 and has 12 self-contained apartments which can also cater for up to 34 children.

    SWA has been supporting women and children for more than 40 years and in 2017 they received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

    Chief Executive of SWA, Dickie James MBE, said: “This is fantastic news and another example of the great partnership working we have with the Borough Council.

    “Our work is based on the belief that women and children at risk of domestic violence have an absolute right to safe refuge support and accommodation and this funding is extremely important to continue the work of helping women and children recover and rebuild their lives.”

    The refuge was given the government’s seal of approval when it was officially opened by former Minster for Housing and Homelessness Heather Wheeler, MP, in 2018.

    Councillor Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities and Health at the Borough Council, said: “For many of our residents, the work that Staffordshire Women’s Aid does in our communities is of vital importance in a wide range of areas, from education through to supporting victims of domestic violence in their journeys from victims to survivors.

    “I am delighted by this news as it provides certainty that the ongoing support that Staffordshire Women’s Aid offers day in day out to some of the most vulnerable people in our community will continue.”

    The funding announcement can be found at www.gov.uk/government/news/housing-secretary-confirms-new-support-for-survivors-of-domestic-violence

    For more information about the work of SWA, go to www.staffordshirewomensaid.org/

    Pictured - Cllr Pert, Heather Wheeler MP, Dickie James and Charlotte Almond (from SWA) at the official opening of ForWard House.

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