history

The Dash Charity has confidently grown from very humble beginnings, adapting to changing environments to make sure its services are increasing with the growing demand whilst keeping people’s needs right at the heart of everything.

The future – A very exciting time lays ahead for The Dash Charity. Although the core values to offer safe and high quality services to victims of domestic abuse have not changed, the charity has adapted well and will continue to do so, if changes in society mean it’s necessary.

2014 July – Berkshire East & South Bucks Women’s Aid became The Dash Charity, dash standing for Domestic Abuse Stops Here. There were many reasons for the name change but the most important one was that our breadth of services offer more than just services for women.

2013 April – One of our benefactors were so impressed with the charity’s work they invited us to pitch for a staggering £500,000 (over three years) to support the charity’s future and development opportunities. This money would enable us to employ a Head of Sustainability and Development and dedicated team which could finally provide on-going strategic fundraising. In May 2013 news was received £480,000 had been pledged to develop the charity. Six new members of staff were recruited by November 2013 and it’s expected to see a return on investment by the latter stages of 2014/2015. Our business plan will include objectives set under this large grant.

2013 January – The charity reorganised itself and looked at the most effective ways of working with limited resources. However it continued to develop our projects, making a huge difference to the lives of women, men and children affected by domestic abuse.

2012 October – The charity suffered the loss of its main taxpayer funded grant. This resulted in a 25% loss of annual income. Making its income precarious, meaning it had to reorganise the management structure and look creatively at how it could sustain the key services.

2012 December – We created our first Male Refuge

2011 March – A psychotherapist was employed creating our Mental Health Service to make sure we could respond to the complex needs of clients affected by domestic abuse.

2009 August – Support to male victims was introduced as part of the Advocacy and Outreach Service provision.

2009 October – The Children’s Services Team was developed to make sure children and young people staying in our refuge homes and within our surrounding community could access specialist support.

2008 September – Segro (Slough Estates Group) offered the charity additional office space on the trading estate. The new office space, known as Rana House, accommodated the new Advocacy and Outreach Service team along with various other team members outside of Refuge Services.

2008 January – The Advocacy and Outreach Service was developed to support local residents in the surrounding communities of Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead and South Bucks.

2005 – A large government capital grant meant that two safe-houses could be purchased, extending our refuge services to three homes offering up to 14 places.

1976 – The charity was born. Started by Valerie Price and named Berkshire East Women’s Aid. It aim was to provide emergency temporary accommodation along with emotional and practical support for women and their children fleeing domestic abuse.