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Project information

Safe Homes at Christmas

Our refuges provide safe housing for up to 21 women and their children seeking to escape domestic abuse.We work hard to restore the lives of these families and are appealing for furnishings for our properties to provide a comfortable environment at Christmas whilst they try to rebuild their lives.

3 months

Charity information: Bexley Women's Aid

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  • Need


    After consultation with our residents we have established a need to refurbish our refuges. Women and children stay with us for up to 2 years and during this distressing time we need to provide a safe and comfortable living environment. Updated surroundings will enable women to encompass the festivities with their children at Christmas time as this can be particularly upsetting when being away from home, family and friends.


    We would like to buy new furniture and redecorate the communal areas in our properties.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Refurbish our refuge properties


    » Involve our residents in choosing furnishings for their living areas encouraging independence and empowering the women to make their own decisions

    What success will look like

    Success will mean fully refurbished refuge properties and more confident women able to make decisions and take initiative

  • Impact


    This will enable our refuges to be more homely in time for Christmas which is always a difficult time for our service users. Success will be monitored through our service user consultation questionnaires and feedback during keyworking sessions throughout the following year


    We regularly review our services, procedures and policies to ensure that we minimise any risks to our organisation. For this project the risks would be not raising enough funds to carry out the work that we have planned however, we would overcome this by waiting until we have completed our fundraising before we commit to any purchases or tasks.


    Bexley Women’s Aid has a proven track record in managing its grants. We are able to supply monitoring information if required in the form of financial details or statistical data. We also celebrate the successes of our services at an Annual General Meeting and produce an Annual Report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £200 Paint Redecorating the walls in communal areas
      £500 Carpets New carpets for hallways
      £200 Accessories Lampshades, Christmas trees, wall pictures etc
      £1,000 Beds New beds and mattresses
      £100 Contingency Contingency money
  • Background


    For over 30 years, BWA has been committed to providing support and refuge to women and their children affected by domestic abuse. Our refuges are based at confidential locations within the Borough of Bexley to keep our residents safe.


    Women and children living in BWA refuges will all benefit from this refurbishment. In 2010/11 we housed 79 women and 95 children in the refuge.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our mission is to enable and empower women and children experiencing domestic abuse to obtain and sustain a safe living environment. We provide safe, temporary accommodation for women and children who have been forced to leave their home due to experiencing domestic abuse. We recognise and care for the emotional and educational needs of children to prevent long-term negative effects on their lives. We are the only project within the borough to offer refuge accommodation.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Clair Johnson, Director

    Having worked her way up through each of the roles at Bexley Women's Aid, Clair's knowledge and dedication are paramount in delivering our outcomes

    Jayne Morrish, Project Manager

    Jayne oversees all aspects of project. She managed our previous refurbishment 8 years ago and can always negotiate the best deals for furnishings

    Tony Burrows, Handy Person

    After 2 years in this post our surroundings have much improved. Tony is willing to undertake any task, from painting rooms to hanging curtain rails.

    Service Users

    By sharing their experiences of living within our project as they are best placed to tell us what their needs are.