We were delighted to welcome guest speakers, Home secretary Theresa May & Fiona Mactaggart MP to our AGM in October along with around 100 other guests.
Alison Bourne, Trustee, opened the AGM by sharing a video of domestic abuse to raise awareness that domestic abuse isn’t only physical abuse and comes in many forms.
Jayne Donnelly, our Chief Executive, gave an update of the fantastic range of services of the Charity and the positive impact we have within our community. Jayne also shared our concerns around funding and future sustainability and highlighted the prevalence and impact of domestic abuse in Slough & RBWM.
Home Secretary, Theresa May, spoke about central government plans to support charities and victims of domestic abuse including the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme and Go orders. Theresa thanked The Dash Charity for its work and commitment to supporting victims of Domestic Abuse in her constituency of Maidenhead.
Our Advocacy Deputy, Caron Kipping, shared a survivor’s story, which was really heartfelt and served as a reminder about the complexities of domestic abuse.
Fiona Mactaggart MP, shared what Slough as our local authority, will be doing to support victims of domestic abuse, and how discussions of distributing funds are taking place currently for the future financial year. Fiona pledged her continuing support to The Dash Charity.
Send in your selfies with our purple collection tins (which can be found in shops, salons and cafes in Windsor, Slough and Maidenhead) to be in with the chance of winning a Dash goodie bag full of exclusive Dash merchandise.
The bigger the grin the better! We’d love to know where you found the tin so feel free to post the location in the caption.
Entries will close on 31st October 2015. The winner will be announced on 2nd November 2015. You must have “Liked” us on Facebook or followed us on Twitter (depending on which site you have posted your selfies on). Use the hashtag #DashSelfie so we can find your photos, otherwise we might miss your entry!
Please do not remove any tins from their locations!
Last Friday we enjoyed the first days of Autumn from our stall at Peascod Street in Windsor, selling our exclusive merchandise and sending out our purple donation tins to local shops and companies.
We had a very special guest with us on the stall. Carlos the pug belongs to our lovley Debbie who has volunteered for us for over a year. Carlos loves attention and he is very good at drawing in the public. He also looks rather dashing in a Dash baseball cap!
With the fantastic support of our kind local community, we were able to dispatch 30 tins throughout Windsor town centre. We also raised £70 from selling our merchandise. Days such as this not only raise money for us but also raises awareness. Many survivors approach us to share their success stories with us which reminds us of the reason behind our work. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men are affected by domestic abuse, we’re here to help. For more information about the services we provide click here.
Go onto our Facebook and Twitter to get involved with our Seflie competition!
I ran my first ever competitive race on Sunday 27th September. Thought I’d keep it simple and go for the Windsor Half Marathon…! J
It was a gorgeous sunny day, the park looked beautiful and the atmosphere was electric. I can really recommend it as a great family day out, even if you don’t fancy the jog around the park yourself!
At the beginning of this Year I was running no more than 4 to 5 miles at a struggle, but it was a personal pledge to myself, within the ‘Well-being’ part of my self-development, to be able to run 10 miles by the end of the year. This just shows what is possible when we really set our minds on something.
I finished in 2:12. Will be looking to smash that next time!!
Just want to say a massive thank you to those of you who got collared by PR Rep: Miss Hood at the conference and kindly sponsored me, raising over £100 for The Dash Charity, helping individuals and families affected by domestic abuse.)
Highlights of the day
- Meeting Caroline Gel at the start line
- I saw Chris Evans (and beat him )
- Everyone was enjoying a Mars Bar after the race!
Vanessa Louise Moore has been supporting our Freedom Plus Programme for over a year. She inspires and motivates our clients to develop the skills to move on with their lives. She is a positive role model and totally committed to our cause.
Here is a comment from one of our clients after a recent session with Vanessa:
Amazing positive group meeting today. Feeling refreshed and in a much better mind set. Came across this beautiful white feather whilst walking through the park. Someone’s definitely looking out for me and leading me to a positive future and following the correct path way
Click here for more information about our the Freedom Plus Programme and our services for adults.
dash has been commended for the outstanding quality of support that we offer.
This month we have received the ‘Leading Light’ accreditation of high quality services for Domestic Abuse from SafeLives.
SafeLives are an inspiring national charity dedicated to ending Domestic Abuse. This recognition for our outstanding services is only awarded to a small number of Domestic Abuse organisations across the country.
The accreditation is for the Advocacy & Outreach service that The Dash Charity provides, a much needed service particularly in Slough which has one of the highest rates of referrals across the Thames Valley with over 4000 reported cases last year.
Our Advocacy Service Manager, Claire Batchelor said ‘I am extremely proud that my team have received this recognition for the support that they provide to vulnerable victims of domestic abuse, it benchmarks our commitment to ensuring client need led support and safe practice is at the heart of our work’.
This Friday, The Dash Charity will be celebrating all things Comic Relief across it’s staff team and refuge families. The Dash Charity have received funding for an essential member of the Children’s Services team for five years from Comic Relief, with another year pledged so there’s a lot to be happy about!
The charity has received a new ‘Red Plaque’ in recognition of it’s Comic Relief funding which will be put up in the charity offices on Friday.
The funding from Comic Relief supports a staff member to deliver one-to-one and direct work with children and young people affected by domestic abuse. Helping them understand that this is not their fault.
The Dash Charity is one of 16,800 UK projects who have received funding from Comic Relief since the charity began in 1988.
Round and red to echo Comic Relief’s iconic Red Nose, the plaque features a quote from one of Comic Relief’s supporters, Billy Connelly.
Sharon Ballantyne, Children’s Services Manager at The Dash Charity said: “Within the local area, this funding ensures we can offer a much needed service to help any child affected by domestic abuse. By having the length of funding offered we are able to extend our reach to also support professionals on how to better support children and ensure quality intervention.”
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.