Our youngest volunteer fundraiser has been selling gingerbread and busking with her violin in the freezing cold to raise money for VOICES – she has raised over £180!
You can donate to VOICES through our LocalGiving page: https://localgiving.org/donation/voices
Women’s Aid Consultation: Get Involved!
Women’s Aid will be leading a focus group with survivors as part of the process of consultation on the Family Courts.
They would like to hear from women survivors in England, who have had a child arrangement case in private family law proceedings that closed in the past five years.
The focus group will take place on 15th August in central London. Taking part is voluntary, but travel and other expenses (including childcare) will be covered by Women’s Aid.
A few months on, we’d just like to share this great picture of Peter after he ran the Bath Half for VOICES. An impressive effort!
Draft Domestic Abuse Bill Consultation with Safelives
When: Thursday 23rd May @ 1pm
Polly Theedom, Safelives Authentic Voice Coordinator, and Veronica Oakeshott, Safelives Head of Policy & Public Affairs, are coming to brief VOICES on the DA Bill developments and Safelives’ approach. They will consult with women who work with VOICES about the issues included in the Bill, such as changes in courts, preventive orders, holding perpetrators to account, housing, support for survivors, and concerns about stalking and harassment etc.
Please call us on 01225 420249 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining us or if you have any queries or need help to be able to attend.
We had a great time delivering a workshop on healthy vs. unhealthy relationships and how to seek help for yourself, or someone else impacted by abuse, to students at Bath University on Monday 25th March. Hosted by the Minervas Student Union Group and mental health charity, Student Minds, there was great interest and lively discussion about themes such as early warning signs, the impact on self-esteem, mental health of coercive and controlling behaviour, and concerns around social media, privacy and stalking.
We are grateful to the Minervas for organising and hope to come back to the University again soon!
What doesn’t kill me *TRAILER*
News: Grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation
We are delighted to announce we are one of eight charities in the South West to be supported in Lloyds Bank Foundation’s latest funding round and will now be able to provide often life-saving support to vulnerable people in Bath who are fleeing an abusive partner.
Over the next three years, the grant will fund a part-time specialist support worker who will help people affected by abuse to develop personal recovery plans. This new service will reach people who cannot currently access domestic abuse support, including survivors of historic abuse, self-referrals and people considered by others as ‘low risk’.
Ursula Lindenberg, Director, VOICES said:
“This grant will help us provide much-needed recovery support to people impacted by domestic abuse at a vulnerable time in their lives, to maximise their own potential for recovery and provide a bridge to essential services from VOICES or other local specialist services. We know that timely, flexible and tailored support make a real difference to people we have the privilege to work with. We are a small charity focused on trauma-informed, holistic and person-centred services. We are encouraged by increased support and interest among funders for this way of working.”
Paul Streets, Chief Executive, Lloyds Bank Foundation said:
“As our latest research has shown, there is a quiet crisis facing local authorities. Ever-tighter budgets mean vulnerable people have to rely on the support of local charities like VOICES. They’re not just a ‘nice to have’ – their work is making a vital difference, day in, day out to people’s lives. We’re proud to partner with VOICES as part of Lloyds Banking Group’s plan to Help Britain Prosper, supporting the costs of their work, strengthening them, and helping raise their voice among the policy-makers and decision-makers their future depends on.”