Women show strength ahead of International Women’s Day
Published by M Parker for Home Group in Care and Support and also in Health
Northumbria Policing and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC (third from left) with staff from Home Group and Places for People
A HIGH profile Policing and Crime Commissioner has hailed the work of two of the UK’s largest affordable housing providers.
Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police PCC, has praised the work carried out by Home Group and Places for People Individual Support to help victims of domestic abuse. Mrs Baird met with domestic abuse survivors at an event held by the two organisations to promote International Women’s Day.
Both organisations have care and support divisions which specialise in helping people suffering from domestic abuse improve and rebuild their lives.
A day of events aimed at showcasing the work done by strong positive women was held in Newcastle. Martial arts demonstrations, choral singing, belly dancing and speeches from women’s rights campaigners all took place at the Brunswick Methodist Church in Newcastle City Centre.
Mrs Baird said: “The work being carried out by Home Group and Places for People to help victims of domestic abuse is to be commended and there is no better time than on International Women's Day to mention the tremendous work they carry out in their refuges.
"Their ongoing work to help survivors of domestic violence is excellent and it was great to meet these survivors. I know this area of work is vital and it forms a key part of the regional Violence Against Women and Girl's Strategy.
"My office together with Northumbria Police take the issue of rape extremely seriously and will continue to work closely with partners to provide every opportunity for victims to access the help they need whenever they need it.”
Both Home Group and Places for People Individual Support run a number of domestic violence refuges in the region. Mandy Small, Home Group senior client services manager, said: “The event today promotes International Women’s Day and highlights the strength that all women have inside them.
“Home Group has a strong track record of working with people who have suffered domestic abuse throughout the UK and especially at our refuges in Tyneside and Northumberland.
“Our services provide an invaluable safe haven for women and their children where they can receive the support they need to rebuild their lives and look forward to a future free from abuse.”
Claire Bailey, Services Manager at Places for People Individual Support, said: “We run a number of specialist services throughout the area including outreach support and a women’s refuge.
“Our work focuses on empowerment and choice and we hope events like today will inspire and empower the women we work with and encourage those who need it to seek support. Our partnership with Home Group in arranging this event demonstrates the commitment both organisations have to inspire positive change and make a real difference.”