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Greenwich Domestic Violence & Abuse Services Marks 40 Years of Service

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Greenwich Domestic Violence and Abuse Services (formally Greenwich Women’s Aid) is celebrating 40 years of providing refuge services in Greenwich.

Greenwich Women’s Aid was established in 1975 by a group of local, concerned and committed women who rented a 5 bedroom house from the local authority to provide a refuge for women and their children who were victims of domestic abuse. The initial house had no central heating or fitted kitchen, and women and children regularly had to sleep on the sofa because there were not enough beds.

Since that time the service has expanded across five different properties, providing 30 bed spaces, staffed by 12 dedicated full time staff members. These trained and experienced staff create a supportive and safe environment by assisting women and their children in their recovery from the trauma of domestic violence. The refuges includes specialist accommodation for Asian women and those struggling with substance misuse, as well out reach and sanctuary services for women who wish to remain safely in their own homes. We have a children’s worker who provides therapeutic support for children living in the refuge, an information and referral line for people in the community and professionals who need advice around options, or just someone to talk to. Women are supported to  live independently and are assisted in developing life skills to empower them to make positive plans for their futures.

“Being at this refuge has turned my life around…I now feel happier and more confident to live my life and look after my son and keep him safe”

On November 25th there will be a celebration of the success of these services provided to women in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Attendees will be invited to learn more about the history of the service, and to meet the dedicated staff who are continuing to deliver and develop these essential services to victims of domestic violence and abuse.

Well done and thank you to all of those who have supported and been involved in the delivery and continuation of these much needed services. GDVA works in partnership with Royal Borough of Greenwich to continue to strive to eliminate violence and abuse against women and children.

More information on the services provided can be found on the DVA website http://www.gdva.org.uk/

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Free Work It Out Courses from the Young Women’s Trust

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Young Women’s Trust is a national charity that supports and represents young women trapped on low or no pay in England and Wales.

 

Their free online and telephone coaching service, Work It Out, helps young women aged 18-30 to build their confidence and employability with a personal, professional coach. Designed to be accessible and flexible, young women can speak to a coach at times that suit them – from 8am-10pm, 7 days a week.

 

Young women can use Work It Out for a single session (perhaps in preparation for a job interview) or a series of sessions to talk about wider issues affecting their confidence or employment prospects. Many young women who use Work It Out have said it was particularly useful in helping them identify their skills, making a plan and taking steps towards work, and that the friendly, personal approach of the coaches made all the difference in boosting their confidence in themselves.

 

Any young woman aged 18-30 that would like to use the service can sign up by calling  0808 808 8099, send a What’s App/Text to 07500 553 880, or email workitout@youngwomenstrust.org.uk.

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