An exciting opportunity for the Her Centre (ONE DONATION TWICE THE IMPACT !!!!) :
A big fundraising opportunity has just presented itself to the Her Centre from the ‘Big Give’ initiative offer to match any donations we raise up to £25,000.
Her Centre is a charity based in Greenwich who provide advice and advocacy work for women who have or are experiencing domestic or sexual violence and abuse. Women who experience this type of abuse face a multitude of barriers to receiving the help and support they need.
The Her Centre provides a holistic approach in delivering services around crisis intervention, victim engagement and practical support. This includes running basic English Language classes, Confidence Building and Parenting courses. We also run a work placement scheme and support our clients and service users by referring them for counselling which is provided by our partner counselling service.
One of the greatest challenges facing women new to the country is that they’ve never had access to formal education and often have little or no English. As a result, they face a great number of problems such as ability to gain employment, struggle to adequately support their children with school/health issues, lack access to services and can be trapped in abusive relationships where they are unable to get help due to the inability to communicate effectively.
Her Centre provides free basic English classes to help women learn the language, develop their confidence, seek gainful employment, and access other services such as debt advice, help with housing and benefits. These classes enable our clients to build relationships and connect with other women creating strong sustainable support networks across communities.
Many who have attended these classes take up our work placement programme or are able to enrol in other development classes we provide.
We have had great successes with these classes over the last 5 years, however we have now run out of funds to continue to provide this important service to
our users. If we are unable to raise the necessary funds, we face the unfortunate circumstance of discontinuing this service from April.
For this reason, we really need your support and donations to keep these classes running.
With your support we are hoping to raise enough funds to continue classes and to keep an effective outreach post that provides drop-in advice across the borough. This will help us reach more women from new communities far wider than our referrals from the police and children’s services pick up.
How You Can Get Involved
The ‘Big Give’ has promised to match any funds or donations raised by the Her Centre.
We have a window of 1 week to do this – Donations can only be made between the 8th – 15th of March, which so suitably corresponds with the week of International Women’s Day
All donations should be made to Big Give Free Basic English classes for women (thebiggive.org.uk)
Please remember anything you donate will be doubled!
Please Note (You can only donate via the link between the 8th– 15th March!!!)