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Christmas opening hours

Over the festive period Housing for Women will be closed at the following times:

Thursday 17th December: closed 12pm-5pm

Thursday 24th December: closed 1pm-5pm

Friday 25th December: closed all day

Monday 28th December: closed all day

Friday 1st January: closed all day

Housing for Women will have normal working hours on all other days (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday)

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Friends of Housing for Women see out 2015 with big donation push

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The Friends of Housing for Women have finished 2015 with a big fundraising push. This month they organised for three boxes of goodies from Boux Avenue to be donated to women using Housing for Women’s domestic violence and abuse services. The women were thrilled with these donations of luxury lingerie and pyjamas and we would like to thank Boux Avenue for this generous gift.

In addition to this the Friends organised an Arbonne Party. Arbonne sells beauty, cosmetic and lifestyle products. 25% of the cost of all products bought at the party was donated to Housing for Women, raising £217 in total. It was a great evening where those present were able to catch up on Christmas present shopping, drink wine with friends and donate to a great cause.

Thank you so much to the Friends for all of your hard work in pulling in these end of year donations, and to Boux Avenue and Arbonne for getting involved.


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Women’s Empowerment Programme: A great free opportunity for our residents


What is the Women’s Empowerment Programme?


The Women’s Empowerment Programme is run by the IntoWork team at The ClementJames Centre, a local charity that focuses on getting people in our community back into employment. This programme will provide a chance for you to think about personal and professional aspirations, no matter how specific or broad. It will run for 8 weeks and consist of themed workshops in which we will think about what we want to achieve, and ways to do so. We’ll be working with concepts such as our likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses and our future goals and aspirations. The programme will also be a chance to meet new people and participate in some practical workshops where you’ll be able to learn some new skills (including DIY, recipe swapping and dance)! We hope you will join us!

Places fill up quickly, so if you’re interested please contact:

Darja at or call 020 7721 8810

Where: 95 Sirdar Road

London, W11 4EQ


Start date: Monday 4th January 2016


Time: 10am-1pm

**Some things to note: Childcare will be provided. Participants will be asked to attend an initial individual session the week before the programme starts. The final session will be a day out and childcare will be more difficult to arrange, but this will be discussed at a later time.

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Greenwich DVA Services shares its 40th anniversary with International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls

brochureHousing for Women joined women around the world to acknowledge the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls with their own special anniversary marking 40 years of Domestic Violence Services in Greenwich.

Sophie Walker, leader of the Women’s Equality party, was amongst those present at the event on the evening of the 25th of November that looked at the history of the development of domestic violence services in Greenwich, and the very real importance that these services still have.All staff

Those present heard from women who had been forced to use the range of services available to women in Greenwich. These services are holistic in their approach. They address a range of issues facing women, such as the needs of their children for support, and the additional support needs surrounding substance misuse.

Version 2The anniversary event was a powerful event, highlighting how women have experienced violence historically, and the challenges facing existing support services in the current time.

We thank all of those who were present at this event marking the importance of the services that we provide in Greenwich. It was both a celebration of the dedication that staff had put into the services, yet a reminder of the continuing necessity of these services with the continuing incidents of violence against women in the Borough.

If anyone requires any further details on these services please contact the Greenwich DVA helpline on 020 8317 8273.

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