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Stockport Without Abuse recognised nationally for high-quality service

Stockport Without Abuse has been awarded the Women’s Aid National Quality Mark today, demonstrating that it provides a high quality of service to women and children experiencing domestic violence in Stockport. The Women’s Aid Quality Standards are national standards which measure the quality of specialist domestic violence services on a number of factors. Stockport Without Abuse were particularly commended for the holistic nature of the support provided to survivors and their children.

Sarah Murray, Chief Executive of Stockport Without Abuse said:

“I am delighted that Stockport Without Abuse has been recognised for the fantastic work we do. Through all the good times and the difficult pressures, all of the staff go the extra mile for service users, their commitment and passion to empower individuals is evident in the outcomes that they achieve. By enabling individuals and families to make informed decisions about domestic abuse and to develop lifelong coping strategies. Thus, empowering people to make positive lasting changes in their lives. I would like to thank every employee, volunteer, student and Trustee for making Stockport Without Abuse sustain our position as the specialist provider of quality domestic abuse support in Stockport.”

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid Federation England said:

“We are very proud to award Stockport Without Abuse the Women’s Aid National Quality Mark for their excellent work supporting women and children in Stockport. Specialist, high-quality domestic violence services can make the difference between a full, independent life and living in fear of your life for women escaping abuse. The hard work and dedication of the team at Stockport Without Abuse is making that difference, and I thank them for the very high quality of the service they provide.”

 

 

 

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The Vernon Jubilee Fund token collection has now finished and SWA recieved an amazing £569.29!

We would like to thank everyone who voted for us through cutting out tokens in the Stockport Express, we are extremely grateful for your votes.

The money will be used to support the Peer Support Group to run sessions and to refurbish their space so that it is much more welcoming and can be used as a multi-purpose space.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEFINITION WIDENED

Stockport Without Abuse is delighted to hear of the Government's decision to amend the definition of domestic violence.

This local charity, affiliated to the Federation of Women’s Aid, England supports women, children and men who have been affected by abuse and controlling relationships.  Last year, they were able to help over 1,400 individuals through a range of services.

Sue Martin, previous Chief Executive of Stockport Without Abuse said

“This is a pivotal day for domestic abuse services and for victims.  At last, the Government recognisesthat coerciveabuse, such as intimidation, can be as severe as physical or sexual violence. We are also very pleased that the definition has now been adapted to recognise abuse to 16 and 17 year olds.”

The changes, which will be implemented in March 2013, follow calls from local authorities, police and voluntary organisations.

If you think you may be experiencing domestic abuse, please contact Stockport Without Abuse in confidence on 0161 477 4271 or find out more via www.stockportwithoutabuse.org.uk

JOHN LEWIS

We are delighted John Lewis Cheadle has selected SWA as their Community Matters Charity between February and April. Please remember that when you purchase anything from the store, drop your green token into the SWA box located near the café.

ANNABEL TIFFIN

Here at SWA we are delighted to welcome Annabel Tiffin, BBC North West Tonight Presenter, as our new Patron.

A quote from Annabel:

'I am honoured to have been asked to become patron of Stockport Without Abuse - a local charity that provides an invaluable service to women, children and men who have become victims of domestic abuse.  I have lived in Stockport for many years and

 it is hard to imagine that someone living close by may be suffering.

That is why it is so important that there is somewhere such as

 SWA to go to. I am proud to support a charity that offers such excellent supportand guidance.” 

MELANIE'S MARARTHON


Melanie Mather is running the Chester Marathon to raise funds in aid of Stockport Without Abuse and Medicin Sans Frontiers.

Keep up to date with Melanie's progress as she trains for the Marathon by following the link below to her blog

http://melaniemather.blogspot.co.uk/

ROYAL MAIL DEILVERS FUNDS TO VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE

Over the last 6 months the Royal Mail in Stockport and The Communications Union made determined efforts to help victims of domestic abuse through fundraising which included an appeal where shoe boxes were filled with useful daily items such as toothpaste and shower gel. They also had a monetary collection which was matched by Royal Mail national office, raising the donation to £413.

Sue Martin, SWA’s previous Chief Executive delivered a series of workshops to the Royal Mail postal workers to help raise awareness of how domestic abuse affects the lives of many families.

Debbie Phillips, Royal Mail Postal worker and Women’s Equality Officer said

“I recognise locally that domestic abuse is something everyone needs to understand. I invited SWA to come in to talk to all employees and we were able to fundraise through toiletries, gift donations and a monetary collection. Special thanks  goes to CWU Northwest who helped to co-ordinate the fund-raising and contributed to it.

Karen Bosson from CWU said

“Domestic Abuse has been a focus for our Regional Women’s Committee for a number of years and we chose SWA as it is a local charity and offers such a vital service to people in Stockport” 

 

Local charity, 'Stockport without Abuse' has set a target and hoping to raise £700 to fund the 'Survivor's Voice' programme.

Stockport Without Abuse is a local charity which provides specialist support to keep people safe, increase resilience and to get the help they need to change their lives.  1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men are affected by domestic abuse at some point in their lives yet many victims feel unable to report abuse for fear of becoming homeless, being separated from their children or living in poverty.

Sue Martin, previous Chief Executive of the charity said “Survivors of abuse tell us that they want to shout from the rooftops that you really can get through the devastating effects of domestic abuse. This is a very powerful source of support and we need to ensure that the survivors are trained in such aspects as health & safety, boundaries and confidentiality. We want to raise funds to develop an e-learning package so that survivors can complete the training where they feel comfortable and at their own pace.We can then all make a really positive difference to the victims who really need us”.

Donations are gratefully received; you can make a difference – pledge HERE

 

This year welfare reform will hit refuge services with potentially damaging consequences:

Stockport Refuge services depend on the system of welfare benefits for much of their funding. Key welfare reforms will be introduced during 2013 and will have a huge impact on the provision of refuge services: the Benefit Cap and Universal Credit. The impact of these changes could result in services closing, with survivors and their children left in danger.

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that Housing Benefit for ‘exempt accommodation’ will be delivered separately from Universal Credit and these payments will be disregarded when calculating the Benefit Cap. 

However, not all refuge services would be covered by the current definition of ‘exempt accommodation’ which means that survivors could be left unable to afford to cover the rent payments on their Refuge accommodation, particularly if they are staying in a refuge whilst they are waiting to return to the property they have fled from.

National Women’s Aid are lobbying government for a commitment to ensure all refuges are granted ‘exempt’ status so they are not negatively impacted by the implementation of Universal Credit and the Benefit Cap and we need your help with this.

To support this campaign you can:  sign the e-petition

For more information:

www.womensaid.org.uk

 

Girls are Strong

In September 2011 Nicola Fone (SWA), Donna Higgins (BEAP project) and Gill Corrlett (Offerton High school) received some funding from femwebs. With the funding, they set up a project to help 8 young women (ages 13-16) understand what it means to be a ‘strong woman.’The girls had discussions about what an unhealthy and abusive relationship is.

They decided to create masks, that on the surface looked glamorous and happy but on the inside the masks revealed abuse to represent that ‘we all hide behind a mask’ especially when there is domestic abuse.

A massive event was held in Brinnington in November 2011 where 400 people from the general public helped design their own masks, had henna tattoos, wrote accounts of their own reasons for being strong, had face paintings and ate lots of cake and danced to the music from the brilliant DJ! Also five brave women came forward and spoke about their own experiences and were set up with support from ourselves, Stockport Without Abuse.

After the event there was an exhibition at the People’s Museum in March whereby all the masks that the girls from the group had created and the masks that the public designed went on display for two months.

Also in May, there was a book launch for the book “The exciting life of being a woman” which contained 6 pages of the work that was completed  throughout the entire process! 

The exciting life of being a woman book can be purchased from amazon at a bargain price of £10!

Chief  Constable Peter Fahy was joined by Stockport based officer PC Tony Moss to hand out toys donated to Key 103’s Cash for Kids toy appeal by officers and staff from Greater Manchester Police.

They distributed toys to Stockport Without Abuse, the local charity which supports women, children and men who have experienced domestic abuse. The Charity (formerly known as Stockport Women’s Aid) offers a range of support services.

The service is free, confidential and completely independent of any statutory services.

PC Tony Moss said:  “It was humbling to be able to hand out these presents on behalf of my colleagues to help put a smile on childrens’ faces.  It is fantastic that local policing can support our communities in a completely different way and help to spread a little bit of Christmas cheer.”
Anyone who may need support or advice should contact Stockport Without Abuse on 0161 477 4271. 

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