Thursday, 10 December 2009

A Womens Refuge - our Christmas Project

Last Saturday at our women's breakfast, Bernadette Adams of Berkshire Women's Aid (BWA) spoke on the issue of domestic abuse. She recounted some shocking statistics;

1 in 4 women will suffer domestic abuse in its widest form (verbal bullying, control as well as physical violence).
1 in 9 women require hospital treatment as a result of domestic violence.
Every 60 seconds, the police are contacted regarding a case of domestic abuse.
Every 3 days a woman is killed as a result of domestic abuse.

BWA is involved in supporting women who are suffering domestic abuse. In some cases, it is necessary for the woman and her children to leave their home and be rehoused in a refuge house. There are 5 of these houses in Reading.

This Christmas, the women at RFC (and any boys who want to be involved too!), want to support a local refuge house. The house has a small playroom for the children and the staff would love to have a few more toys for the children to play with. We have been given a list of items that the refuge would like, most are for role playing. Bernadette informed us of the importance of role play for the children, as they often re-play what they have seen at home. This helps the workers to understand the children and counsel them through very difficult feelings.

We have a list of the items they would like and most of them cost no more that £10-£15. Please would you consider buying one of the items (most available at The Early Learning Centre). We would love to have all the items in by Dec 22nd to pass them on in time for Christmas playing!

In order that we don't purchase the same thing, Kerry Cowieson is co-ordinating the list, so if you would like to be involved do contact her.

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