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Women’s Aid responds to the Government’s supported housing reforms announcement

Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:

“The Government’s proposed reforms to supported housing will dismantle our national network of lifesaving refuges and put the lives of women and children trying to escape domestic abuse at risk. This is a matter of life or death. On average, two women a week are killed by a partner or ex-partner in England and Wales. If pursued, the reforms will result in a postcode lottery of domestic abuse support services with further refuges being forced to close their doors and more women and children being turned away from the lifesaving support they offer. Without a safe space to escape to, more women and children’s lives will be lost to domestic abuse.

“These proposed reforms completely undermine the Government’s promise to transform the national approach to tackling domestic abuse through their landmark Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, which outlined that the state “will do everything it can to both support them and their children.” Over one in ten specialist domestic abuse services currently operate without any local authority funding, while 94 women and 90 children were turned away from a refuge on just one day this year. By devolving this funding to local authorities, the Government will remove a woman’s individual entitlement to support with her housing costs when she flees domestic abuse to a refuge and refuges’ last secure form of funding. This will compound the devastating impact of localism on specialist services, forcing refuges who are currently operating on short-term, shoestring budgets to close and leave more women and children trying to escape abuse with nowhere to turn.

“Women’s Aid is ready and willing to work with the Government to ensure the future of refuge provision for every survivor who needs a place. We urge the Government to change course and work with us to protect refuges by creating a long-term and sustainable funding model for a national network of refuges, which increases the number of bed spaces and support provision available to match the level of need, to ensure that every woman and child can escape domestic abuse.”

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Feature: The Dash Charity Recognised as Charity of the Year at WAM Get Involved Awards

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On 14 September 2016, The Dash Charity was awarded Charity of the Year by the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Councillor Mrs Sayonara Luxton at The Voluntary Sector Awards in Maidenhead.

Speaking at the ceremony, Andrew Green, Community Partnerships Co-Ordinator at the RBWM, said “The motivating factor for each and every member of staff at The Dash Charity is to know that their intervention, innovation or fundraising is making a difference to the lives of families in crisis. Their staff have an in-depth insight into the experiences and challenges faced by victims of domestic abuse within the Windsor and Maidenhead communities”.

Jean Sinclair, Chair of The Dash Charity Board, said “We are exceptionally proud of the Dash Team and the impact they have on the many service users affected by domestic violence, particularly at a time when resources are limited”.

The Dash AGM 2015

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.

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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.

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the dash charity selfie competition!

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!

dash dog steals the show

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!

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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!

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“focus and hard work pays off” – by Rebecca Webb

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!

 

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