As 2020 draws to a close, I just wanted to take some time to reflect on what we have achieved despite COVID-19.
During the first lockdown , we opened our Young Women’s Refuge. A 13 unit safe place for women aged between 18 and 25 who have fled domestic abuse. We have supported more male survivors this year and with a £2.5m investment secured through Social and Sustainable Capital, will allow us to purchase 22 properties providing safe accommodation for 28 individuals and families. We’ve achieved the Bronze Award for Thrive at Work and have started work on gaining the silver accreditation, as well as the Trusted Charity Kitemark. We also became registered with the Fundraising Regulator.
During this difficult year, staff, service users and supporters have risen to a new set of challenges. The outpouring of charitable giving from local businesses and individuals has enabled us to ensure our service users have had food, personal hygiene and cleaning products on a regular basis. This simply could not have been achieved without a commitment of shops, businesses and individuals to support smaller, local charities like ourselves.
But with all that good to come out of this year, it would be remiss of me not to mention the dramatic rise in the reporting of domestic abuse, the rise in reported depression, anxiety and social isolation and the increase in unemployment. It is our hope that the current media spotlight on these issues will demonstrate how vital our services are to the people of Coventry. Our goal for 2021 is to continue to work hard to grow the services we offer to these vulnerable individuals and families.
Wishing you a happy and safe and new year,
LJ Winterburn and all the staff at Valley House.
If you want to start supporting a charity in 2021, you can donate to Valley House here. Don’t forget Gift Aid!