Supporting domestic abuse charity in Sheffield

13 July 2021

We’re supporting local charity Ashiana Sheffield to help them provide safe environments for people who have experienced human trafficking or domestic abuse.

Each year, Ashiana Sheffield’s safe houses provide accommodation to 50 women, and their children, from the Black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee communities. They also support almost 600 people in other ways, including assistance and advice with parenting, finances, personal safety, substance abuse, and learning English as a foreign language.

This new partnership will enable Ashiana Sheffield to afford much needed replacement furniture, white goods and soft furnishing for one of its safe houses, as well as play equipment for children.

Nicola Lambe, CEO of Ashiana Sheffield, said: “It is proven widely across the sector, but also through our own experience, that the more comforting and modern the accommodation, the more likely a woman and her children will stay throughout her full recovery period and throughout her transition to future independent accommodation.”

Alex Wrigley, Domestic Abuse Lead at Guinness said: “What Ashiana Sheffield does is life-saving, and it prepares survivors for a future free from fear. We’re grateful we can help the charity in their important work. Providing this funding is one of the many ways we’re committed to tackling domestic abuse, which includes partnering with other charities across the country.”

Our commitment to helping victims of domestic abuse also includes:

  • Developing a Domestic Abuse Support Toolkit in collaboration with MD Group and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA). The aim is to educate and raise awareness of people working in customer-facing roles, to improve the identification of domestic abuse, to provide improved support, and to ultimately help save lives.
  • Gaining accreditation from the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA), which demonstrates Guinness has the right tools, processes, and policies in place to support people experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Signing up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s ‘Make a Stand’ pledge against domestic violence.

We offer free, confidential support to anyone experiencing a form of abuse. If you want to talk to us, call us on 0303 123 1890 from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday if you feel safe to do so. Take a look at our domestic abuse webpages for further advice and support.

The National Domestic Violence Helpline is also open 24/7 for advice and support. You can call them on 0808 2000 247.