Watford Women’s Centre is urgently appealing for donations in order to continue to deliver its services to the local community. The Centre has been providing life-changing support to victims of domestic abuse for over 30 years and is now the only women’s centre left in Hertfordshire.
Due to the lockdown, the Centre on Market Street has been forced to close; however the dedicated staff are working remotely to provide emotional, practical and educational support to the local community.
They offer one to one support for women experiencing, or at risk of, domestic abuse, as well as low-cost therapeutic counselling. The Centre’s range of courses, including English, Maths and ICT, are currently being delivered online via Zoom. A free careers service and job club are also available for women seeking help with exploring career options or finding and applying for a new role.
Fiona Miller, CEO of Watford Women’s Centre said:
“The number of cases of domestic abuse has soared since the lockdown came into effect, and we expect an increase in calls as restrictions lift and those women trapped with their abusers are able to reach out for help. As the only women’s centre remaining in Hertfordshire this affects people living across a huge area. We’re asking for people to donate now so that we can still be here for women when they need us most, once the lockdown is over. A donation of £20 could provide an hour of therapeutic counselling and could prevent a mental health crisis for a woman experiencing domestic abuse. Watford Council has given us three months’ funding for domestic abuse support but beyond that we will be unable to provide services without additional donations.”
Donations can be made online at www.wwcplus.org.uk/donate
Watford Women’s Centre is also looking for corporate partners to focus on shared objectives and generate mutual benefit. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.