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Crazy way to Combat Domestic Violence

Crazy Way to Combat Domestic Violence

Jakki Moxham, H4W’s CEO, recently commented in the Independent about new proposals to use ‘community resolution’ to tackle domestic violence.

Jakki argues that such a policy could prevent victims from coming forward, reduce confidence in the police, and hinder the ability for both police and specialist agencies such as H4W’s Domestic Violence services to provide vital support.

Read her article below – or on the Independent’s website here.

CEO Jakki Moxham's article in the Independent about the nonsensicality of 'community resolution' for Domestic Violence.

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Students from Quest Academy win £3,000 for Housing for Women

We’re pleased to announce that Year 9 students from the Quest Academy in Croydon have won the Youth Philanthropy Initiative for Housing for Women. They successfully delivered a passionate presentation to their whole year group and teachers and beat off competition from two other worthy presentations.

Thanks to their hard work we have now been awarded £3,000 from the Youth Philanthropy Initiative towards the Re-Place project to support women who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation or domestic servitude.

We will be attending the nationwide Youth Philanthropy awards presentation in July and look forward to celebrating the hard work of the students.

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London Estate Agents raise £15,000 for Housing for Women

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On Sunday 15th June, almost 100 estate agents ran the London Estate Agents’ 10k for Housing for Women. This was the first year for the event which following its high turnout, is set to become an annual fundraising event.  

Estate agents from Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, Winkworth, Stirling Ackroyd and City Realtor competed against each other to support Housing for Women, helping to raise £15,000!

The run took place on Sunday 15th June at 10am on Clapham Common and was organised by the events company RunThrough. The day included a number of prizes for the fastest runners and top fundraisers, including events tickets, sports tickets, days out, restaurant vouchers and much more.

The money donated will support the Re-Place project, enabling us to expand the project so we can support up to 34 trafficked women each year, providing accommodation and support so they can overcome their trauma and have the best chances in life.

Jakki Moxham, Chief Executive of Housing for Women said:

“We are so grateful to all those who took part in our first London Estate Agents’ 10k race. Many of the women we support have been living in fear for their safety. We believe that good quality, safe and secure housing is essential for women to be in control of their lives.

“This event, which coincides with Housing for Women’s 80th anniversary will allow us to help these women and their families in London.”

Anna Macleod, Head of Marketing at Communications at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward said:

 “With housing Londoners at the core of our business, raising funds for Housing for Women charity was one that really appealed to us as a business. This feeling was further amplified internally as all 700 of our staff members got behind the cause, with more than 50 opting to run and the rest helping to raise funds, the outcome has been phenomenal and one that we’re very proud of.

“With final donations still pouring in and a final tally being done, it looks likely that we’ll achieve our ambitious target of raising £10,000 for this great cause.” 

Dominic Agace, CEO of Winkworth said:

“We were really pleased to be raising money for as great a cause as Housing for Women by taking part in the London Estate Agents 10k race. The event was really well organised and we were kept motivated before the race with regular emails with tips for training, which really helped. All the runners did brilliantly on the day too. 

We hope to be a part of other events in the future with a bigger Winkworth team for next year’s race!”

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Congratulations to Hamza Huda for completing the London Marathon 2014 for Housing for Women!

We’d like to say a big thank you and congratulations to Hamza Huda who ran the London Marathon 2014 for Housing for Women.

Hamza managed to finish in a super speedy time of 3 hours and 43 minutes, which is even more impressive when considering the heat we had yesterday.

Hamza has raised over £1,200  with his efforts and his Just Giving page is still open for another 4 weeks, if you would like to sponsor him then every pound is very much appreciated and his Just Giving page can be found on the link below.

http://www.justgiving.com/Hamza-Huda-London2014?utm_source=emailvision&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=comm_donation_receipt

 

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Hamza Huda is running the London Marathon 2014 for H4W…

In 2013 our Trustee Caroline Donaldson bravely ran the London Marathon in less than 5 hours despite having an injury and raised an incredible £7,000 towards the Re-Place project.

We have been lucky enough to receive a place in this year’s London Maratho2014 which  has been taken up by the brave Hamza Huda. Hamza has ran a number of half marathons before but this is his first full marathon and he is busy training hard as we speak!

Hamza has a  target of raising an incredible £5,000 for Housing for Women and we appreciate all his hard work, both training and fundraising!  You can sponsor Hamza on his Just Giving page below:

http://www.justgiving.com/Hamza-Huda-London2014

 

 

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H4W and Habitat for Humanity – Turning empty houses into homes…

During 2013 Housing for Women has been working closely with the charity Habitat for Humanity who specialise in turning empty properties into affordable family homes. Habitat for Humanity have been working hard over the last 9 months on a property in Peckham, which we are pleased to announce is providing homes for two families that have been supported by Housing for Women. On the 26th November we celebrated the opening of the new refurbished flats with 70 guests, a mixture of government officials, corporate supporters, community volunteers and partner charities, all with a connection to the project.

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We were privileged to have  Stephen Williams MP (pictured above), the minister in charge of Empty Homes at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) along on his first public engagement in his new role. He was really impressed by the wide community engagement the project has achieved, with over 400 volunteers spending time on site assisting with the 8 month build (starting in April 2013). David Ireland from the charity Empty Homes also came and added his support as the event took place during National Empty Homes week 2013.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to Habitat for Humanity who have done an incredible job bringing this derelict property back into use and creating modern, spacious, well designed homes for two families in urgent need of affordable quality housing.

To read more about the incredible work carried out by Habitat for Humanity in the UK and abroad please visit their website at http://www.habitatforhumanity.org.uk/

Please see below for some photos of the finished homes…

 

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H4W awarded Diversity Network Accreditation…

Carrying on with the theme of awards, we’re pleased to announce that we have just been accredited by the Housing Diversity Network (HDN), an accredited award for equality and diversity for business services, customers and the community.

The accreditation process has taken place during 2013 where there has been a review of relevant documentation and an in-depth focus group with staff and interviews with senior managers. We are particularly pleased that HDN awarded 6 distinctions for good practice and innovation:

  • Supporting women to achieve and progress through development and training opportunities
  • Attempts to address the pockets of occupational segregation within the organisation
  • Supporting staff by offering work flexibility to take account of life changing circumstances
  • Creative, imaginative links with organisations acting in the interests of women from other cultures
  • Range of projects and tailored services targeting and responding to diverse and vulnerable women
  • Tenant Training Grants actively supporting women into education, employment or training

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