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Local Firm makes us their charity of the year

Hull-based electrical engineering firm Kirkby Lindsey has chosen the Preston Road Women’s Centre as their charity of the year.  

Kirkby Lindsey is well known across Humberside as an electrical motor specialist.  Company director,Jackie Kirkby explains why the firm has chosen to support the Preston Road Centre; “Domestic abuse blights the lives of women and children. Through the Hull Soroptimists I have experienced working with the Purple House and I have seen that whatever you give this wonderful organisation not a penny is wasted.  All our staff are passionate about dealing locally so they wanted their efforts to help the women and children of Hull - and who could resist a partnership with the title of ‘Winner’?  It is optimistic, aims to improve lives, is innovative and every woman who crosses the threshold is a winner; she has taken a positive step forward to safety, to take control and leave the violence behind.  We believe everyone in our city deserves to have a safeand secure home.”

 

Centre Coordinator Ann Clarkson is delighted with the news; “It’s great to know that we have supporters like Kirkby Lindsey, who recognise the importance of helping women and families that are struggling in difficult situations and who are helping us to empower local women and girls to realise their potential.  Financially their support is helpful, of course, but it’s also a boost knowing that they will be spreading the word about the work we do and what we stand for.”

 

Jackie knows that, as well as financial support, giving women and children a positive experience is tremendously beneficial and that giving time can be as valuable as giving money; “Allowing time away from the stresses of life helps to heal emotional wounds and we have some plans in the pipeline to support the women and families who use the Purple House, including a day trip away.  Jo Thorsby of the Mermaid Boutique in South Cave is also planning to support us with a fashion experience later in the year and a member of our staff has offered unpaid office training for a few hours a month to women registered with Purple House wanting to return to work. One thing is certain: we shall do our best to be a good friend to Winner.”

Children in Need support Young Women

Three year funding boost for young women from BBC Children in Need

The Girlz Only young women's Group has been awarded £120,000 to fund a three-year project aimed at helping girls and young women who are experiencing domestic violence, either first hand, or to another member of their family.  

Targeted at girls and teenagers aged between 10 and 18, the crucial service has three aims:

1.     Reducing young women’s experience of abuse in their own relationships

2.     Supporting young women living in a family where a parent, carer or relative is being abused

3.     Enabling young survivors to find their voice, to influence policies and services relating to young people’s abusive relationships.

The service, which starts on 1 April 2015, will provide practical and emotional support on a 1:1 basis; group sessions and a peer mentor system, pairing participants with other young women who have been through similar experiences; and accredited courses aimed at understanding abusive relationships, reducing repeat victimisation and raising self-esteem, confidence and aspirations.

Kim Simpson, Young Women’s Participation Project Worker, explains: “We know that teenage girls are most at risk of experiencing violence in their relationships and yet 81% will never get support.  Young people find it difficult to define and identify signs of abuse in their relationship, and when they do seek help, they find domestic violence services are typically aimed at adult women. We also know there’s a big need to support young women in understanding and dealing with issues around abuse in parents’ or other relatives’ relationships.   This service is badly needed, and we are delighted we now have the means to provide it.

She continues; “We already welcome young women to our youth club, and it was they who identified abusive relationships as an issue which was important – although they found it difficult to identify with the term ‘domestic violence’ in the context of their relationships.  We have involved our youth club in the planning of this project and delivered a pilot project to youth groups over the last year, to raise awareness of the issue. This has helped us to understand young people’s perceptions and attitudes around abuse in relationships – and also how important it is to provide to support to young people experiencing abuse in other people’s relationships. We can’t wait to get going – it will make a real, tangible difference to local young people.”

One 14-year old member of the youth club agrees; “When you talk about “domestic violence” it makes me think of adults like your mum and dad - you don’t think of what is happening in yours or your friends’ relationships as “domestic violence”. There needs to be something (information or services) focused around young relationships. I think that way more people would get help”. 

The Lord Mayor of Hull, Councillor Mary Glew said “This is wonderful news for the women’s centre – I have supported their work for many years as I believe in the massive difference they make to the lives of local women. This new grant is well-deserved and will continue to benefit young women in East Hull in so many ways.” 

Once the project goes live on 1 April, young women will be able to self-refer to the project, and the Centre will also work with other agencies, such as social services and the school multi-agency referral team (SMART).   

Lottery project begins

This month our new Volunteer project has got off to a flying start!

Funded for five years by the Big Lottery Fund, this project will help 50 women into work.  OUr first success has already happened with one of our volunteers securing paid employment this week.

12 new volunteers are undertaking training in January ready to start work in the centre in February

Annual stakeholder survey

Tell us what you think! Today we are launching our annual stakeholder survey. Please take 5 minutes to tell us what you think we do well and what could be improved. Find the survey at      https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C66LWNB  Thank you!

Award Winning Empty Homes Partnership work

Celebrations are in order as we have been awarded the Best Local Authority Partnership Award 2014 at the Empty Homes Awards in Birmingham on May 20th for exemplary partnership work with Probe, DISC, PANDA, Giroscope, Goodwin Development Trust and Hull CC.

We are continuing to work closely with the Hull City Council Empty Homes Consortium to identify and bring back into use homes which have been empty for six months or more.

The awards ceremony took place on Tuesday May 20 in Birmingham. 

The Hull Empty Homes Partnership impressed a panel of judges made up of industry experts and professionals. The Judging Panel considered the highly developed partnership mechanisms in Hull to be truly exemplary and this was reflected in the delivery being achieved from a standing start in 2012. The submission documented the extensive strands of the partnership and the Partnership was a very worthy winner in this challenging category of the awards.

Over the last two years Winner has been awarded £1million in grants to undertake much needed refurbishment and repairs to local empty homes.

This exciting initiative means that houses which have been empty and fallen into disrepair can be given a new lease of life and reoccupied.

This is how it works:

  • We identify homes that have been empty for long periods of time
  • We buy or lease the property from the owner (for at least 10 years)
  • We use our grant funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government to refurbish the property and bring it up to Decent Homes Standard
  • We let the property to women and children in need of a safe home

To date, we have acquired and refurbished 37 Empty Homes with a further 25 to go in the next year

If you own a property that has been empty for six months or more and would like some help to get it back into use, call us on 01482 790310

 

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