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Silence Kills: Outcome of a Free Domestic Abuse Education Afternoon in Ealing

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On Saturday 17th October Silence Kills, an event that aimed to educate and offer solutions to issues connected to domestic violence, took place in Ealing.

Housing for Women teamed up with a range of organisations including the London Borough of Ealing, Ealing Police and the Community Ambassador Programme to hold an event that aimed to provide information and support to keep families safe.

This event was a great success, involving presentations, workshops and exhibition stands, which all provided vital information on what constituted domestic violence and what action could be taken. There was also an opportunity for individuals to talk to support services or the police in private.

One of the service users from a refuge managed by Housing for Women was present, even assisting in setting up the event. She had lived with domestic violence for over 30 years and had entered the refuge as a withdrawn woman suffering mental health issues. Her time living in the refuge has opened her to become more outgoing, and she spoke out advocating the importance of provision of housing for single women.

Housing for Women are proud to have assisted this woman, amongst others to get their lives back on track, and are pleased to have participated in such an important event for raising awareness about domestic violence in Ealing.

 

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Housing for Women Learn about the Organisation’s Roots at a Ritzy Cinema Trip

group photo 2The Ritzy Cinema teamed up with Housing for Women to give members of staff reduced priced tickets to see the newly launched Suffragette film.

Housing for Women is an organisation which has its roots in the suffragette movement. Initially Housing for Women’s properties acted as safe houses for suffragettes who were on the run from the police.

Since that time challenges to women have changed, and Housing for Women has remained there to offer shelter to women, whether it has been to offer safe houses to suffragettes, give a safe place to victims of domestic abuse and trafficking, or helping women who have simply been priced out of the London housing market.

It was with pride that Housing for Women’s staff members watched the film Suffragette. It was a fantastic reminder to know how important the work of our organisation was in its founding years, and how important it is now to continue the great work of our founders.

Many thanks to the Ritzy for offering such an inspiring outing for our staff at such a reduced cost. It was such a wonderful atmosphere and we couldn’t think of a better place to watch such a poignant film.

 

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Chuka Umunna MP Opens Housing for Women over 60

Photo Credit: Israel George, bptw

Photo Credit: Israel George, bptw

On Thursday 15th October Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham, was given the honour of reopening Thrale Almshouse accommodation for women over 60 following a £3m renovation project.

Thrale Almshouses were built in 1832 to provide subsidised housing for poor widows and elderly single women. The properties are owned by Thrale Almshouse and Relief in Need Charity, and Housing for Women acts as the managing agent and are responsible for the day-to-day upkeep of the properties.

Photo Credit: Israel George, bptw

Photo Credit: Israel George, bptw

The purpose of the properties is to provide high-quality affordable rental homes for women over the age of 60 who are from Streatham. Despite the historic charm of the properties, they were deemed to have become outdated and in September 2013 planning permission was granted for a £3m renovation project that would update the properties and bring them up to 21st century standards. The complex is made up of 8 of the original refurbished almshouses, and 9 new additional apartments.

 

“Housing for Women are thrilled to be the managing agent of this innovatively designed scheme and aim to assist the residents in any way possible, whether this is through dealing with maintenance requests promptly, or taking them on days out organised by our dedicated Older Tenants Worker. We have very much enjoyed building a relationship with these women, and look forward to that relationship developing in the future.”

Léonie Chettle. Director of Operations. Housing for Women

 

Photo Credit: Israel George, bptw

Photo Credit: Israel George, bptw

A fantastic opening party, headed by Chuka Umunna and involving tours of the flats and communal grounds was a great opportunity to see how thrilled the residents were to be living in these beautiful, peaceful properties, and Housing for Women are pleased to have the opportunity to work with the residents in the future and making their accommodation arrangements a relaxing and fulfilling experience.

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8 Steps To Employment

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 ONE WEEK INTENSIVE: 8 STEPS TO EMPLOYMENT

 “Empowering You Back Into Work”.

 Award winning company MPLOYME is a social enterprise that works with the unemployed to help them up skill and prepare for entering the workforce. Our professional workshop facilitator’s will be providing an eight step strategy to positively infuse participants mind-set and improve their opportunities of securing a job. 8 Steps To Employment is supported by United Saint Saviours.

 Steps…

The aim of the workshops is to provide the learner with 8 bite size steps to employment:

 1 Time Keeping
2 Benefits of Volunteering
3 Writing a Covering Letter and CV
4 Interview and Communication Skills
5 How to Keep a Job
6 Effective Teamwork
7 Customer Service Skills
8 Business Start Up Advice

 **Lunch will be provided & each participant will receive a FREE employability workbook**

The workshops will be held at:
Address: Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Road, Southwark, London SE1 0RB
Time: 10am – 4pm
Dates:
Tuesday 26th May
Wednesday 27th May
Thursday 28th May
Friday 29th May

 Please note:  participants should be committed to attending all 4 days.

 Priority will be given to residents from North Southwark and  Bermondsey areas.

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Historical Plaque is Finally Unveiled in Ladywell

plaque unveilling speech On the afternoon of the 14th October a plaque was unveiled on the side of Housing for Women’s Lister House to mark the fact that the building has been built on the site of a historically significant well.

The Ladywell Society has been working for five years to commission a plaque and locate the site of the original well. They finally tracked it down to within meters of one of Housing for Women’s properties, and Housing for Women happily partnered with them to organise the mounting of the plaque.plaque

The unveiling was an informative event, with members of the local community and press gathering to hear a brief speech by the Historian Robert Smith, giving details of the history of the spot, followed by teas and coffees in a nearby café.

 

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Housing for Women Take Elderly Tenants to Kew Gardens

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Thirteen Elderly tenants braved a blustery September day and enjoyed a fantastic trip to Kew Gardens as part of Housing for Women’s commitment to provide all round support to their tenants.

Housing for Women employs a dedicated older tenants’ worker who coordinated the entire day and was present at the event. The ladies attending commented on how pleased they were with the opportunity to meet other tenants and be supported by the staff within the famous and peaceful gardens that they would otherwise be unable to afford to access to. This brief opportunity to get fresh air and respite from busy London life was much appreciated.

Following the great success of this event, Housing for Women’s dedicated older tenants’ worker will be organising a theatre trip to the Lion King next month, following overwhelming requests from our elderly tenants for similar outings.

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Silence Kills: A Free Domestic Abuse Education Afternoon in Ealing

Girl on stairsAre you worried about a child exposed to domestic abuse? Do you want advice on how to protect your child from abuse online? Domestic Abuse Ealing is holding a free community afternoon of education for those wishing to answer these questions and learn more about the channels of support available to victims of domestic abuse.

Following the successful launch of the ‘Silence Kills Awareness Workshop’ earlier this year, the Community Ambassador Programme, Ealing Police and Northolt High School have joined together with the London Borough of Ealing, local organisations and charities, including Housing for Women, to raise awareness and provide solutions for tackling domestic abuse amongst men, women and children in Ealing and the surrounding Boroughs.

The event is free and all are welcome to attend this community afternoon of presentations, workshops and exhibition stands providing vital information to keep families safe. There will also be an opportunity to talk to support services or the police in private.

The event will take place on Saturday 17th October from 12pm-4:30pm at Northolt High School, Eastcoate Lane, Northolt, Middlesex (UB5 4HP). Reserve your free place NOW by booking a ticket through the following link:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/silence-kills-tackling-domestic-abuse-against-women-men-and-children-tickets-18305016798

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Housing for Women Property Found to be Located on a Historically Significant Site

1820s engraving by Henry Warren from Lithographic illustrations of the Ravensbourne.

1820s engraving by Henry Warren from Lithographic illustrations of the Ravensbourne.

Housing for Women’s Lister House, Ladywell, has been found to be located within feet of a significant historical well, after which the area of Ladywell gets its name. Housing for Women is working with the Ladywell Society to mount a plaque to celebrate the historical importance of the location.

The Ladywell Society was established in 1984 when the historian Robert Smith came upon records suggesting that the area of Ladywell was the place where a spring came through the ground in 1472. At this time water was regarded with great reverence and the site consequently became an important spiritual location.

Site before Lister House was built

Site before Lister House was built

In 1472 Ladywell was merely a small settlement of huts located close to the village of Lewisham, but the existence of the well made it a significant site for pilgrims on their way to Canterbury, and is also said to have been visited by Queen Elizabeth the 1st. In 1855 the well dried up due to the construction of a local sewer, and its existence was soon forgotten.

Since 1984 the Ladywell Society has been working hard to ensure that the site is given the recognition that it deserves. The exact location of the well was finally traced to within a few feet of Housing for Women’s Lister House. The Ladywell Society, after receiving funding from the Lewisham Locality Fund, have created a plaque to mark this location and Housing for Women have agreed to have this plaque mounted Lister House.

Lister House, with an arrow showing where the plaque will sit

Lister House, with an arrow showing where the plaque will sit

An official unveiling of the plaque is due to occur at Lister House (Railway Terrace, SE13 7XH) at 2:30pm on Wednesday. All are welcome to attend. This will be followed by a presentation by the local historian and founder of the Society, Robert Smith in St Mary’s Church, Lewisham, from 7:30-8:30pm on Wednesday 14th October. This presentation will give further details of the history of the well. All are welcome to attend what promises to be a very interesting and informative evening.

 

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