This week The Dash Charity has received the fantastic news that they are to be proud recipients of a Reaching Communities grant awarded by Big Lottery Fund.
As part of the Reaching For Freedom project, The Dash Charity will be receiving £329,818 over three years, covering costs for three vital roles in the Advocacy & Outreach Team.
On Wednesday 9th July we became The Dash Charity – Domestic Abuse Stops Here.
We’ve come from very humble beginnings back in 1976 and over the years have grown and developed our services to meet the needs of the victims that we support.
The range of teams and services we have on offer are far reaching and specialist, providing our clients with high quality tailored support.
Through careful planning and consultation with clients, staff, volunteers and key stakeholders we made the decision to move away from Berkshire East & South Bucks Women’s Aid. The team and clients involved shared they liked the simplicity of our new name and said our previous name wasn’t reflective of all the amazing services we have on offer, not to mention it being quite a mouthful.
We appreciate Dash also stands for Domestic Abuse, Stalking, Harassment and Honour Based Violence and links to the risk indicator checklist used with victims which identifies with other organisations on a national level too.
Abuse within teenage relationships is much more common than people might think. In fact, recent surveys suggest that approximately 40% of young people are already experiencing abuse in relationships during their teenage years (Domestic Violence London, 2014). What’s more, one in three teenagers report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked or physically hurt by their boyfriend or girlfriend (Love is Not Abuse, 2007). As a young person it is therefore important that you’re aware of the early warning signs of an unhealthy relationship before it becomes too late.
Can you recognise any of these features in your or a friends’ partner?
The fantastic people at Universal Security Group on Slough Trading Estate have kindly donated their time and resource into maintaining the alarm system for the The Dash Charity offices.
The Universal Security Group will save the charity around £250 each year through this considerate gesture.