On the third day of WVSC’s 12 Days of Christmas, we take a look at the work of The Haven.
The Haven Wolverhampton provides practical and emotional support to women and children affected by domestic violence and homelessness. They provide a range of support services to help you move forward and begin a life free from abuse.
For more information, or to speak to someone in confidence, call their 24 Hour helpline on 08000 194 400.
For many of us, Christmas is a special time of year that we look forward to; a time to relax and enjoy time with our friends and family. However, unfortunately for the women and children we support at The Haven who are victims of domestic abuse and homelessness, Christmas can be an emotional and traumatic time where they have had to up and leave their home to find a place of peace and safety.
With the support of kind people in our community, we try to make the Christmas period a little brighter by giving out gifts and putting on a festive Christmas dinner across our 6 refuges.
We are running a series of events throughout December including a Wreath Making Class on the 6th and a Christmas Fayre.
We are also partnering with The Grand Station http://www.bestxanaxcomparison.com hotel for a Grand Gatsby Dinner with live music and a raffle throughout December. These events will all help us to raise money to ensure we can provide a festive 3 course feast for the mothers and children in refuge. This will have a huge impact and will really lift their spirits and give them a chance to rebuild their relationships whilst create some new, happy memories.
The events will also help us to ensure we can continue to run vital services throughout 2017. Aside from our emergency accommodation, we run a range of services to help the women and children we support regain their confidence and independence. These services include financial support and debt advice, legal drop in’s and criminal justice support, a 24 hour local advice and helpline, a dedicated children and young people’s service and many more. Our services increase confidence, health and wellbeing and support service-users to come to terms with the trauma they have been through.
This support also provides an opportunity to build new friendships, develop practical skills, reduce feelings of isolation and rebuild bonds between mothers and children.
Ultimately women and children are supported to move back to independent living, and leave a life of abuse behind for good