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Helping victims of domestic abuse

January 27 2016 | Articles | News

Our kind-hearted staff have raised almost £1,500 for victims of domestic abuse in Manchester.

Every year, our employees choose a charity that they want to support. In 2015, they picked the Greater Manchester Women’s Domestic Abuse Helpline.

We raised money through dress down days, where staff can wear what they want for a small donation, and cake sales – our colleagues brought in treats that they’d made and sold them in our offices.

Since January 2015, we raised £1,478 for the helpline.

Why do they need help?

Every week, an average of two women are killed at the hands of a partner or ex-partner.

The helpline takes calls from around 5,000 women in Greater Manchester every year, many of them from our area.

They offer telephone advice and counselling to any woman aged 16 or over who has been abused, is in fear of being abused, or is in danger of being forced into marriage.

It is operated 33 hours a week, by paid staff and volunteers. Our help could make a big difference; it costs about £20 to take a call. That cost comes from the amount of money it takes to train every operator and for the amount it takes to run the office. That call could end up saving a woman’s life.

We’ve chosen our charity for 2016!

It’s Manchester Mind – a mental health charity that works right across the city.

Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem.

Manchester Mind want to see a city that promotes good mental health and treats people with mental health problems positively, fairly and with respect.

They have advice services and do lots of great things to help those who are struggling.

You can read the Manchester Mind annual report here.

What we’ll do to help

We think mental health is really important. During Mental Health Awareness Week in May, we asked all our colleagues how they look after their mental health. We’re talking about it more, trying to break down that stigma that means people feel embarrassed or ashamed.

We’ll also be meeting the fundraisers from Manchester Mind to see how else we can help.

If you have any fundraising ideas, please contact pamela.welsh@northwardshousing.co.uk and let us know.