Supporting Cheshire domestic abuse charity

16 April 2021

Our new partnership with My CWA (formerly known as Cheshire Without Abuse) provides support to residents, and other people in Cheshire, who are experiencing domestic abuse.

mycwa image-1My CWA  is a domestic abuse charity that was founded in 1977 by the late Lily Jones. Now, 44 years later, the charity delivers a range of support programmes, which include:

  • providing safe accommodation
  • counselling services
  • support groups
  • and therapeutic programmes for children and young people.

Last year, My CWA supported over 1,500 people across Cheshire who were affected by domestic abuse.  We have approximately 5,400 homes in Cheshire East and are committed to supporting people experiencing domestic abuse, and ensuring our residents are safe.

We’re supporting My CWA to provide:

  • A twice weekly consultation clinic, to provide advice to domestic abuse professionals on how to best support those with complex needs.
  • Grants of up to £200 to support families affected by domestic abuse, giving them some basic financial freedom, which enables them to exercise choice. Small grants might pay for things like travel costs or basic furniture as required.
  • Care packages. In the first lockdown, My CWA delivered over 250 care packages to local communities. These included activity and colouring packs for children and information about how to keep safe and who to go to for help if they don’t feel safe.

 

Alex Wrigley, Domestic Abuse Lead at Guinness said: “Partnership working is an important element of our work in supporting survivors of domestic abuse. We are extremely pleased to be partnering with My CWA to provide a valuable service to those who need it, including any of our residents and the wider community, to enable them to get the help they need, when they need it.” 

Vicky Sail, Operations Manager at My CWA said:

We have a much-valued partnership with Guinness and are delighted to receive funding to support delivery of vital services to our local communities.  During the pandemic pressures on families have been intense, and we have seen a significant increase in referrals. 

This funding will allow us to provide practical support for families and equip other professionals with the knowledge to increase safety for victims and children, as well as supporting behaviour change in those who may be harming in their relationships.”

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 or our leaflet 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.