Wolverhampton charity The Haven Wolverhampton are able to offer a new safe space to women and children fleeing domestic abuse, thanks to a generous donation from the Goodyear workers 5/344 Transport and General Workers Union Benevolent Fund Charity. The £20,000 donation has supported The Haven Wolverhampton to purchase a safe house in the city to provide emergency accommodation to those escaping domestic abuse.
The property is situated in an anonymous location to ensure the safety of the residents. It is large enough that bigger families – who may not be able to stay in a refuge due to rooms typically being smaller – will be able to access accommodation and wrap-around support.
Popinder Kaur, Chief Executive of The Haven Wolverhampton, said:
“The support from the Goodyear workers 5/344 Transport and General Workers Union Benevolent Fund Charity is going to create a long-term impact over many years for women and their children escaping abuse. Not only will we be able to support more families, but we’ll also be able to support larger families and for many, many years to come. We’re so grateful for the support we’ve received and for the commitment the group have shown in supporting local communities.”
This isn’t the first time the charity has been supported by the Goodyear workers 5/344 Transport and General Workers Union Benevolent Fund Charity. Members have demonstrated their commitment to supporting local residents escaping domestic abuse previously by donating to The Haven for the purchase of small household items for all of the charity’s refuges, as well enabling a roof to be replaced on one of the refuge buildings. To date, the group have contributed more than £50,000 to the charity.
Cyril Barrett, Chairman of the Goodyear workers 5/344 Transport and General Workers Union Benevolent Fund, said:
“When Goodyear sadly announced the closure of the Wolverhampton factory in June 2015, The Trustees and management committee of the Benevolent fund charity wanted to create a proud living legacy, to all of the ex-members, by supporting projects with local registered charities.
This latest project with The Haven Wolverhampton, a safe home, that protects vulnerable women and children, is truly special, it’s about decency, care and kindness. This will protect families and support them on a journey of independence; that is what the ex-members of the union benevolent fund were all about. To date we have supported around 120 projects in our local community.”
In 2019, The Haven Wolverhampton spoke with residents about accommodation; many women appreciated the communal aspects of refuge where others expressed a preference for independent living. Since then, the charity has been working to grow its portfolio of safe houses to better meet the needs of service users and grow its accommodation offering. The support from the Goodyear workers 5/344 Transport and General Workers Union Benevolent Fund is key in realising this vision and helping to grow support available to victims and survivors of domestic abuse in the city.