Project information

All we want for Christmas…and beyond

- Help women and children in domestic abuse refuges at Christmas have the best time possible - providing everything needed to make the holiday better
- Provide training to children’s workers to deal with young people’s abuse in close relationships

December 2012 - December 2013

Charity information

Welsh Women's Aid

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  • Need


    1. Help women and children to deal with the emotional hardship they feel over the Christmas holidays as they have come into refuge usually leaving all family connections behind.
    2. One of the issues staff in refuge has to deal with is managing abusive behaviour used by young people in close relationships. Unfortunately the extensive training required to empower refuge workers to tackle this issue is too expensive for all member groups to provide for their staff members.


    1) By providing WWA member groups in Wales with some extra presents, decorations, refreshments or anything that can help improve the Christmas spirit of women and children in refuges.
    2) By empowering WWA regional workers to deal with young people using abusive behaviour in close relationships. Each regional worker will then be able to support the refuge workers throughout Wales.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Give women/children in refuge experiencing hardship over Christmas with emotional/financial support


    » To provide our member groups with Christmas packages, financial contributions or to purchase items to improve the Christmas spirit in their refuges.

    Success will be raising the Christmas spirit over the holidays for approximately 100 women and 150 children in our member groups’ refuges throughout Wales.

    Aim 2

    Provide regional workers with training to help child workers to deliver a better service


    » To invest in external training for our regional workers to become specialists in managing young people’s violence in close relationships.

    Success will be providing specialised training courses for at least 4 regional workers and subsequently report outcomes as this training is put into practice.

  • Impact


    Aim 1: This part of the project will have long lasting effects on women and children emotional wellbeing. We would demonstrate the success of our initiative by the feedback from our member groups.
    Aim 2: One long term success is having staff in the domestic abuse sector specialised in dealing with young people’s violence in close relationships. We will demonstrate the success of our project by the support given to member groups’ staff that will benefit from the regional workers’ expertise


    A risk is that a lack of communication between WWA, its regional workers, and child workers in refuge could undermine the monitoring of the project’s developments. We deal with this by putting in place procedures to ensure we constantly get updated information for monitoring.
    Another risk is that we can’t guarantee the number of occupancies in refuge. Therefore we have a flexible strategy that allows our members to use our contribution to benefit women and children in refuge in the new year.


    We will report to donors in January once we will have collected all the relevant information from our member groups regarding the first part of our project.
    We aim to keep the donors informed about the second part of our project by sending them an email on a two-monthly basis.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 Items Extra presents, decorations, refreshments or anything that can help improve the Christmas spirit
      £2,500 Training Funding towards an extensive 5 days training course for regional workers
  • Background


    Part 1: Our project will take place in WWA member groups’ domestic abuse refuges situated throughout Wales.
    Part 2: The training will benefit our Children and Young People Development Coordinators to improve the support they offer to our member groups’ refuge workers throughout Wales.


    Aim 1: The beneficiaries will be women and children in refuge over the Christmas period.
    Aim 2: The beneficiaries will be women and children who require support from domestic violence, our member groups’ children workers and WWA regional workers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    WWA is the lead national organisation in Wales, campaigning and influencing policy and practice and innovating to end domestic abuse and violence against women and children. WWA represents our local Member Groups throughout Wales
    WWA manages the Children Matter project which covers all of Wales with our dedicated Children and Young People (CYP) Development Coordinators. We support and work with partner organisations and member groups to deliver services to CYP who are affected by domestic abuse

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Chrissie Nicholls

    WWA Project & Innovation Manager will oversee the delivery of the project, and WWA Children’s Workers work actively to ensure the project is a success