Coventry Haven Women's Aid AGM 2018-2019

Coventry Haven Women’s Aid Annual General Meeting 2018-2019

You are warmly invited to attend Coventry Haven Women’s Aid AGM which takes place on:

Date:               Wednesday 6th November 2019

Time:               4.30pm – 6.00pm

Venue:             Coventry City Council House, Earl Street, Coventry CV1 5RR

We will be presenting our achievements and an update on our current work and new projects.

We really hope that you will join us.  

To confirm your attendance please RSVP to:

Email:  jsrichards@coventryhaven.co.uk

Post:    Elaine Yates, 30 Hen Lane, Coventry CV6 4LB 

Call:     07415 711 007

Operation Yellowhammer Report - The Women's Budget Group Response

The Operation Yellowhammer report was finally released and it confirms many of the issues the Women’s Budget Group warned about in our report with the Fawcett Society on the economic impact of Brexit on Women in 2017 and in subsequent blogs and briefings.

The Government warns that: “Low income groups will be disproportionately affected by any prices rises in food and fuel” – this will hit women harder as they are more likely to be poor and more likely to manage household budgets particularly in low income households.

It also warns that “An increase in inflation following EU exit would significantly impact adult social care providers due to increasing staff and supply costs, and may lead to provider failure.

Women are the majority of those needing care, and the majority of those providing it (paid and unpaid). Our social care system is already in crisis so any impact of a no-deal Brexit would be particularly devastating.

The Yellowhammer report only focuses on the immediate impact of no deal – there is no mention of longer-term impact on the economy or jobs. Nor is there any equality impact assessment.

WBG has produced a response to Yellowhammer which is available HERE.

WHAT DOES THE DOMESTIC ABUSE BILL LOOK LIKE?

The DA Bill has received it’s second reading in the Houses of Parliament, which is great news!

If you’d like to read the Bill please follow the link; also included below is a link to various factsheets around DA, Protection Orders and Special Measures.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/domestic-abuse-bill

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/domestic-abuse-bill-2019-factsheets

PRESS RELEASE - LLOYDS BANK FOUNDATION FUNDING

PRESS RELEASE

 Coventry domestic abuse charity awarded grant worth almost £100k from Lloyds Bank Foundation to continue vital work helping survivors access advice, support and accommodation

Coventry Haven Women’s Aid, a domestic abuse charity run by women for women, has been awarded a grant worth £93,501 from Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales.

For over 48 years, the charity, based on Marlborough Road in Coventry, has been helping women subjected to abusive relationships through a range of support services including providing advice and safe housing.

The charity provides services for free to women of all ages and backgrounds, and assists with other issues including immigration, housing, debt management, and alcohol and drug abuse and recently through a partnership arrangement, have extended their service offer to include male victims, male and female perpetrators and a children’s counselling service.

The new three-year grant from the Foundation will contribute to the running of their refuge and costs for services including counselling, advice, guidance and training with volunteers, many of whom have lived experience.

Figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales show over one-third of violent crimes recorded last financial year were flagged as being domestic abuse-related[i], and domestic abuse-related offences increased by 22 percent from the previous year to 732,444[ii]. Data obtained by the BBC[iii] also reveals the number of domestic violence killings has hit a five-year high - 173 people died in domestic violence-related homicides last year.

Coventry Haven Women’s Aid Development & Funding Officer, Jaime Richards said: “We’re committed to providing the best possible service to any woman experiencing any form of domestic violence and abuse including forced marriage, honour-based abuse and female genital mutilation.

“The women reaching out to us for help need to be believed, heard and listened to, not judged or told what they can and can’t do. They want to understand what's happening to them, be guided through their trauma and have a voice. Our organisation is two thirds survivor-led and fully understand how crucial this is.

“Every penny we receive counts and will help to make a life-changing impact. Because of this grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation, we will be able to continue to be there every step of the way for women fleeing an abusive partner or family member, supporting them to make informed choices.”

Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, said: “Small and local charities play a vital role in their communities, reaching and helping people facing complex social issues to overcome them and move forward with their lives.

“But with public funding getting tighter and tighter and demand for their services rising, such charities are more important than ever. That is why at Lloyds Bank Foundation we are delighted to award new funding to Coventry Haven which will enable them to help more people affected by domestic abuse in the years to come.

“We are committed to supporting small and local charities working in communities across the country, funding their work, helping them become stronger and more sustainable and helping raise their voice with policy-makers.”

Coventry Haven is one of four charities in the West Midlands supported in Lloyds Bank Foundation’s latest funding round, which awarded £388,539 across the region, tackling issues such as domestic abuse, trafficking and modern slavery. So far in 2019, the Foundation has awarded 126 new grants worth over £12.2m to charities across England and Wales to help tackle complex social issues.

 ENDS

 

 

Contact Lloyds Bank Foundation Press & Communications Officer Imthiaz Rehman via 020 3988 3742 or IRehman@lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk for more information or to arrange an interview with a spokesperson from the Foundation or the charity.

  

Notes to editors:

 

About Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales partners with small and local charities who help people overcome complex social issues. During 2018, the Foundation distributed £20 million through new and existing grants, supporting more than 900 charities which helped 142,000 people experiencing disadvantage.

Through long-term funding, developmental support and influencing policy and practice, the Foundation helps those charities make life-changing impact. The Foundation is an independent charitable trust funded by the profits of Lloyds Banking Group as part of their commitment to Helping Britain Prosper.

For more information visit www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk

About Coventry Haven Women’s Aid

Coventry Haven Women’s Aid was established in the early seventies as a women’s group and have grown to become a small community-based, grass roots registered charity which is run by women for women.

Their aim is to help women and their children who have been or are being subjected to domestic abuse in any form to free themselves from the situation they are in.

 They do this by providing safe housing and a range of support services before, during and after a survivor is leaving an abusive partner or family member. Staff and volunteers at the charity will assist women of all ages and backgrounds in need of help.

 For more information, visit www.coventryhaven.co.uk.

 [i] Crime data is sourced from the latest Crime Survey for England and Wales (Office of National Statistics) www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/bulletins/crimeinenglandandwales/yearendingmarch2019

[ii] Crime data is sourced from the latest Crime Survey for England and Wales (Office of National Statistics) www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/bulletins/crimeinenglandandwales/yearendingmarch2019

[iii] Domestic violence killings reach five-year high (BBC) https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49459674

Job Vacancy - Come and Join The Team!

VACANCIES

We currently have the following job opportunity available:

Helpline Practitioner

who will have responsibility for providing a high quality personal welfare service of telephone support, assistance and information to women, families, service users and professionals who access the Helpline. 

NJC Pt 23 - £22,462 per annum (FTE)

30 hours per week

Monday - Friday 11am – 5.30pm (some out of hours work may be required)

25 days leave + Bank Holidays (pro-rata)

For more information about the role please see the Job Description Form in this pack. To apply for the position please complete the application pack, below or request a pack by calling 02476 444077 or by email at recruitment@coventryhaven.co.uk. Please note, CVs will not be accepted.

The 4 part pack can be downloaded here:

Job Advert

Job Description Form

Application Form

Equality & Diversity Questionnaire

The closing date for applications is 2pm on 21st October 2019.

Shortlisting and invitation to interview will take place by 28th October 2019. Interviews will take place in the week beginning 11th November 2019, with a view to the successful candidate joining the team from January 2020.