A STROUD district charity that helps families affected by domestic violence has received a 50 per cent increase in referrals to its services this year.
Stroud Beresford Group is an independent charity that has been offering accommodation advice and support to families affected by domestic abuse for over 40 years.
It provides Gloucestershire’s only women’s refuge, alongside a range of other services aimed at preventing domestic abuse or supporting those at risk.
The charity’s CEO Jill Cooper said referrals to its services had doubled during the pandemic.
“Everyone experienced difficulties during the pandemic but the impact on those affected by domestic abuse was particularly acute,” she said.
“We have received around 50 per cent more referrals to our services this year compared to last year.”
The refuge relies on grants and fundraising to provide its services, as it has no guaranteed income.
But a cash boost could be coming its way, as it is now in the running for a share of £20,000 from our parent company’s charitable arm, The Gannett Foundation – all it needs is your help!
During November you are invited to collect tokens from our newspapers which can then be sent to collection points across our region or posted.
A token is published in this week’s Stroud News & Journal, Gloucestershire Gazette and Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard.
There are seven charities competing for a share of the £20,000 in our area – the more tokens collected for the respective charity, the bigger the share of cash awarded.
Stroud Beresford Group is in with a chance of winning a slice of the cash, but it needs your vote to make sure it benefits.
Jill said that if Stroud Beresford Group were to receive funding it would go towards a hardship fund.
“The funding will help us to purchase items and services that reduce hardship faced by people using our service, particularly things that are urgent or time sensitive,” she said.
“For example, some people arrive at our refuge with no money, no clothes, and few belongings.
“They might need food and nappies, or emergency transport or accommodation.
“Others have urgent needs, such as replacing their ID, which has to be addressed before they can access benefits or other services.
“The funding will help us to act promptly to reduce the hardship faced by families affected by domestic abuse and will help them to benefit from our services.”