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Warrington Women’s Aid raises awareness

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Warrington Women’s Aid on hand to raise awareness and offer help and advice to victims of domestic violence

At their event on Monday 26th November, from 10am – 2pm, Warrington Women’s Aid staff were at The Gateway in Warrington raising awareness and taking part in the UN’s “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.” Manning the stall from the charity were Sally Starkey, Chief Officer, Tanya Dolan, Children’s Support Worker and Chairperson Caroline Waldron.

Teaming up with Refuge and Warrington’s Red Box project the stall provided plenty of information and help for anyone who should need it and with merchandise available to purchase to support Warrington Women’s Aid helped to raise much needed funds.

Red Box were also collecting any sanitary products to continue their work in ending period poverty.

Warrington Women’s Aid was founded in 1976 by a group of local women who were concerned about domestic abuse, its impact of women and children and where they could go if they had to leave home due to violence.

The group, know as Warrington and District Battered Wives Association began by negotiating with Warrington Council for the allocation of a council property where families could be housed and supported.

Warrington Housing Department was unable to offer such a property due to local policy at the time.

During this time the group became Warrington Women’s Aid and a registered charity.

After two years of fundraising they purchased and renovated a property in Warrington, which became the first refuge/hostel for battered wives, opening in 1978, it could house three women and up to four children.

Now celebrating 40 years of providing accommodation, support and advice to women and children escaping domestic abuse the charity has been able to grow it’s services to include support for male victims, specialist support for children and the accommodation can now house 13 women and up to 19 children.

Warrington Women’s Aid have set up a just giving page which hopes to raise money for Christmas gifts for families in the accommodation over the Festive season and you can donate here warringtonwomensaid

If you need help or advice about any of the services provided please visit the website here https://www.warringtonwomensaid.org.uk/

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