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Stay in touch with our latest news, events, reports and achievements, including how we’re helping victims of domestic abuse.

There’s always plenty going on in the world of The Dash Charity, so grab a cup of tea and have a good read.

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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Welcome to our Quarterly Newsletter: October Edition

As I hit the two year mark with my tenure as Chief Executive I reflect on the stark reality of the funding challenges that we face as a voluntary organization. It is old news that we have seen a decrease in funding and an increase in demand; what we are not focusing on however, is the impact that this has on victims, predominantly women and children, who are seeking help in a time of crisis.

As we reach our 40th year anniversary, it is with absolute determination that our wonderful, dedicated and award winning  team continue to advocate for funding, specialist services and victims to ensure that we break the cycle of domestic abuse for families and are in a position to celebrate our 50th anniversary of service to our community.

Jayne Donnelly, Chief Executive

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”.

Update: Advocacy & Outreach

It’s been a busy month for our Specialist Health IDVA, Caron, who recently delivered a talk to 50 women from the Muslim community via the RBWM Innovation Fund and Family Friends Partnership. She has also been working in conjunction with White Ribbon Australia to look at opportunities for developing an anti-abuse workplace accreditation program. Companies who may be interested in taking part in this meaningful scheme should contact Caron@thedashchartiy.org.uk.

Over the last few months, the Advocacy & Outreach team have also been conducting Domestic Abuse training sessions for social workers via Slough Borough Council’s Adult Safeguarding.

Finally, the A&O Team said goodbye to our specialist LGBT IDVA, Hannah, last month, who is going on maternity leave. The whole team at The Dash Charity send our best wishes for the birth of her first child, and hope to meet the newest member of the Dash Family very soon!

Update: Refuge Services

Our Refuge Team have just come out of a particularly busy summer holiday period with an activity timetable that included trips to Odds Farm, LEGOLAND and swimming, as well as arts and crafts sessions, a picnic and a fancy dress party!

Members of The Dash Charity Board recently attended a focus group held at one of our refuges, which gave our clients the opportunity to share their views and feedback on refuge services. This was a very insightful day for our trustees who rarely get to hear directly from our service users.

A team of volunteers from Biogen recently came to offer their support to our Refuge Team as part of their Care Deeply Day. They very kindly repainted our fencing panels and cleared weeds from the garden, providing our residents with a lovely refurbished space within which to enjoy the last few days of sun!

Since our last newsletter, Refuge Services have welcomed 12 new intakes to our safehouses and have safely moved 13 clients on to independent accommodation. We wish them all the best as they start new chapters in their lives beyond refuge.

Update: Children’s Services

In September the full office team participated in The Children’s Society ‘Seen & Heard’ Training spearheaded by our Children’s Services Manager, Tara, who has trained as a Seen & Heard Champion. . This national campaign captures the views of young people about what it’s like when you’ve ‘got something to tell’. The program is designed to build awareness about what young people need and want from professional services, which will help us to ensure that opportunities to end abuse aren’t missed.

Two more groups from NCS Slough’s ‘The Challenge’ camp supported The Dash Charity this summer. The young participants hosted a range of activities including sports days, awareness appeals and outreach hackathons to raise money for our core services.

We would like to share with you a thank you card received by our Children’s IDVA, Zaira, from two of her young clients. Their words show how far they have come throughout the course of their sessions with The Dash Charity in being able to recognise what they have been through and to move forward with a healthy mind-set.

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