Nottingham’s Lord Mayor chooses Charity close to his heart

The newly appointed Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Michael Edwards, has chosen Nottingham Central Women’s Aid (NCWA) as his Charity of the Year due to his instrumental involvement in reopening the refuge in 2011 and his continued support of the charity.

NCWA provides refuge and support services for women and children fleeing domestic abuse. Established in the 1970’s, NCWA was shut down due to government funding cuts in 2010. The staff, facing closure of the refuge which was full at the time, contacted local Councillor’s Sue Johnson and Mike Edwards to see what could be done. A meeting was arranged very quickly to talk about the lease of the building where the refuge is housed and how it could be managed going forward. Mandy Mellor, co-founder of the charity, also approached MP Chris Leslie to get involved. The group were successful in securing the lease and the refuge reopened in January 2011. Staff worked voluntarily before securing funding and within three days of opening all the rooms were full. Mandy said ‘Mike has been very supportive of NCWA since our first meeting. He believed in us and has been a key player in our development. I’ve called him day and night for advice and help from parking permits to activities for the children in refuge. He is a great advocate for our charity and a keen networker. Mike has even signposted and worked with women who have approached him who are experiencing domestic abuse  so he really understands the work we do”
Mike added “Nottingham Central Women’s Aid are my "Lord Mayor's Charity" for 2017/18 because what they do matters, because they do it well and because we've worked together. Previous Lord Mayor’s have chosen several charities to support, however I have just chosen
NCWA to dedicate my time and fundraising to. I will be opening and supporting several of their fundraising events including a Charity Gig on 18th August and a Charity Ball later this year’.

The continuation and development of NCWA services has a lifelong, positive impact on the lives of all the women and children who access our service. Our aim is to provide them with the support, education and skills to continue moving forward in their lives, overcoming the abuse and violence they have previously endured, becoming well-balanced, happy individuals living Free from Fear.

Nottingham Central Women’s Aid secure almost £300,000 of National Lottery Funding

We are delighted that announce that Nottingham Central Women’s Aid (NCWA) have been awarded £297,591 of National Lottery funding for the continuation and development of our services.

NCWA was originally founded in the 1970s to support women and children experiencing domestic violence and abuse. We provide temporary accommodation on request for women and children who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence and abuse of a mental, physical, emotional, psychological or financial nature within an intimate or family type relationship or who have been subject to rape or sexual assault or abuse.

The funding for the continuation and development of our services will have a lifelong, positive impact on the lives of all the women and children who access our service. Our aim is to provide them with the support, education and skills to continue moving forward in their lives, overcoming the abuse and violence they have previously endured, becoming well-balanced, happy individuals living Free from Fear. We deliver a person-centred support and advocacy to all service users - in particular to those with complex needs including mental health and substance misuse issues who are often refused access to other refuges and services.

The funding will help us to provide more intensive support to our residents and potential residents. This includes the roll out and provision of the Freedom Programme which is a domestic violence education and information programme that seeks to make the women participants more aware of how to recognise and avoid a potentially abusive relationship. NCWA will also look to build upon our resettlement
services supporting women to integrate back into the community.

UK evidence is that domestic abuse will affect 1 in 4 women and is still a hugely under reported crime. There is a direct link between women experiencing domestic abuse and homelessness. Of those women who are at risk, many are vulnerable; with mental health problems, drug and alcohol dependencies, all of which make them likely to return to an abusive partner if suitable alternative accommodation is not available. In Nottingham, it is estimated that resources are required to support up to 300 survivors per year.

NCWA is financially independent of the Local Authority and offers a range of services which are not provided by other types of accommodation within the city. Women with drug and alcohol problems, who are escaping domestic violence, can be excluded from other types of refuge accommodation. Furthermore, women with mental health problems are often not accepted by other refuges. To this end,
the refuge provides a fundamental service. We are thrilled that the National Lottery will enable us to continue our work.

Hollywood Actress Announced as Patron of Nottingham Charity

Nottingham Central Women’s Aid (NCWA) are delighted to announce that Samantha Morton, actress, screenwriter and director, has agreed to become the first patron of our charity.
NCWA was originally founded in the 1970s to support women and children experiencing domestic violence and abuse. We provide temporary accommodation and support services for women and children who have experienced domestic violence and abuse of a sexual, mental, physical, emotional, psychological or financial nature. In March 2011 the refuge was closed down due to the government cuts in funding, however following a period of campaigning, fundraising and a restructure in January 2012 the former workers re-opened the
refuge initially on a purely voluntary basis as a new charity with a new board of trustees. We are the only independent women’s refuge in Nottingham and rely upon our fundraising, donations in kind and volunteers to help run the service. We have accommodated thousands of women and children over the years supporting families to rebuild their lives free from fear.

Clifton born Samantha often stayed at a women’s refuge in Nottingham as a child. She visited the refuge at weekends where her mother lived for a time due to a violently abusive husband. Samantha said “Refuge’s like Nottingham Central Women’s Aid provide such vital accommodation and support for women and children at a time when they are often frightened, confused and have nowhere else to turn. As a child I found the refuge a welcoming and safe haven to spend time with my mum without the fear we were subjected to. I am very proud of the work and achievements of NCWA; it is so important that charities like this are able to provide these services, which are sadly still in much demand today”.

Mandy Mellor, founder of the charity added “It’s fantastic that we’ve got Samantha’s support. We are looking to grow from strength to strength and increase the accommodation and services we offer. With her backing I really feel we can achieve this”.

Samantha has received critical acclaim and numerous accolades throughout her career including a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award and two nominations for an Academy Award. She joined the Central Junior Television Workshop, and soon began her career in British television in 1991. She made the transition to film in 1996 and found mainstream success with the science fiction thriller Minority Report in 2002. Her most recent acting credits include the film adaptation Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the television dramas Rillington Place and Harlots.

For more information contact Aimi McCaffery, Communications and Fundraising Lead at aimi@centralwomensaid.org






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