We Love MCR Charity are proud to have supported Manchester Women’s Aid earlier in 2020 to help women fleeing domestic violence move from the refuge to their own, safe accommodation, via the Covid-19 Community Response fund.

We’ve received some genuinely heart-warming feedback from them about what they’ve been able to do with the funding. The successful movement of women into safe accommodation freed up space in the refuge for more women and children who needed emergency accommodation. Originally, Manchester Women’s Aid aimed to help 8 families.  They have told us that, with our support and some from other partners, they have supported an amazing 38 families!  That is 38 families who are now safe, settled and able to plan for a future free from abuse.  

They told us about one family comprising of a mum and 3 children all under 5 who were offered a property which they couldn’t move into for 12 weeks due to the pandemic delaying the cleaning and repainting.  MWA were able to move the family within 1 week by using the We Love Manchester funding to clean and paint the property, lay temporary flooring and with the help of the John Lewis Partnership furnish the living room, kitchen and bedrooms. The mum told them:

No one has ever done anything like this for me before, I really didn’t think I could cope with setting up home with the little ones and everything that is going on (Covid-19) but I know everything is going to be ok now.”

MWA were also able to support families moving into Refuge with the funding by ensuring that they had an essentials pack. This included, basic foodstuffs, toiletries and cleaning materials. This went a long way to providing a warm welcome at a time when many were more anxious than usual because they were moving during CVD19 restrictions. 

Gail Heath, CEO of MWA told us:

“We have been able to contribute to the Manchester and Greater Manchester CVD19 response by providing life saving refuge spaces during the pandemic, and we have been able to secure affordable safe permanent homes for families who have been traumatised by domestic abuse This has been a key motivator for our staff and volunteers during the darkest days of the lockdown.  Thank you for responding so quickly to our request. This has been an amazing project and without your funding so many more families would have been left locked in with their perpetrator, living in fear of domestic abuse”

Read more about the early successes of this grant here, and read our pledge to tackling the impacts of Gender-Based Violence in Manchester here as part of the global #16DaysOfAction against GBV.

To learn more about Manchester Women’s Aid and the vital work they do, please visit: https://pankhursttrust.org/manchester-womens-aid/get-help


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