Giving the gift of Christmas
Women and children have their lives turned upside down by domestic abuse, and for those experiencing Christmas in refuge it can be a difficult time of year. Giving the gift of Christmas will ensure they are not only safe, but can enjoy a magical experience, with presents parties and Christmas dinner
December 2018 - January 2019
Charity information: The Haven Wolverhampton
There is a seasonal rise in incidents of domestic abuse over the Christmas period, and whilst the festivities should be a time for celebration, for those in refuge, it can be particularly difficult. Women and children can experience a rollercoaster of emotions compounded by living in temporary accommodation they don’t identify as ‘home’. Furthermore, many Haven residents are on low/no income and cannot afford to create an authentic Christmas experience for themselves and their children.
Giving the Gift of Christmas will enable women and children to experience all that Christmas should be. From giving and receiving gifts, to parties and festive activities, to Christmas dinner. The project will help Christmas to be a time for celebration and help bring families together in refuge to make memories and rebuild bonds. This project will ensure we can run the grotto, provide a three-course festive meal in all six refuges, as well as running parties and activities throughout December.
Enable women and children to choose, and give/receive Christmas gifts
Activities» Run a Christmas Grotto in each refuge, set up like a shop, where women and children can choose gifts to give to each other
What success will look like
Ensuring every woman and child has gifts to give and receive
Create an authentic Christmas Dinner in each refuge
Activities» Purchase, cook and disseminate Christmas Dinner in each communal dining area so women and children can come together to enjoy a Christmas Meal
What success will look like
Ensuring every woman and child in refuge enjoys a Christmas Meal
Create a festive atmosphere throughout the month of December, with activities and parties
Activities» Through staff and volunteers, deliver activities to celebrate the festivities, from games nights to Christmas film nights
What success will look like
Delivering festive-themed activities to create a Christmas atmosphere throughout December
The long-term impact is intrinsically tied into additional support women and children get in refuge. It’s not only about a safe place to lay their head, it’s about the extra support they can access to overcome the impact of abuse. The more positive experiences residents have whilst in refuge, the more they are able to build their confidence in being able to attain a happy and fulfilled future. This project will help create new, happy memories for women to take forward into a life free from abuse
Part of this project relies on the donation of gifts for women and children to give to each other. However, each year The Haven receive a substantial amount of gifts to disseminate; often so many that some are stored for birthdays throughout the year. As such the likelihood of this issue coming to fruition is minimal.
Donors will be thanked in January so that we can report back fully on the impact of the festive period. In addition we send a bi-monthly newsletter to donors who have signed up, which will include a Christmas update, and put stories out on social media for our followers to read.
Budget - Project Cost: £6,650Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £3,150 Supporting women in refuge Supporting all women in our refuge over December, to include a Christmas dinner and additional costs £3,500 Supporting children in refuge Supporting children in our refuge over December, to include a Christmas dinner and additional costs
The Haven is located in Wolverhampton, an area with a diverse population and high levels of deprivation, with a wide set of cultural and religious backgrounds.
Women seeking help from The Haven have experienced physical, sexual, verbal, emotional and financial abuse, as well as FGM, forced marriage, honour based violence, modern slavery, trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Women and children affected by domestic abuse in Wolverhampton who enter one of The Haven’s refuges will benefit from the project. Many women and children who stay in refuge gain additional support that helps them transition back into mainstream society, with many of them moving into further education and work. In this way, the wider community also benefit as women contribute more to the local area and rely less on state support.
For 45 years The Haven have responded to unique needs of women and children affected by domestic abuse and homelessness, supporting around 1,000 women each year. We have extensive experience of tailoring projects to meet practical and emotional needs with the aim of them gaining independence. We provide complete, specialist support through the means of accommodation, projects to tackle financial abuse, benefits and debt advice, criminal justice system support and children’s play activities.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Marta has overseen the volunteer project for 6 years. She will coordinate volunteers to disseminate gifts and arrange activities throughout December
Clare will be key in this project, ensuring women and children have the opportunity to participate in activities throughout December
Suman will be key in this project, ensuring women and children have the opportunity to participate in activities throughout December
Surrinder will be key in this project, ensuring women and children have the opportunity to participate in activities throughout December