CROSSROADS DERBYSHIRE

Empower young women and their children who are fleeing abuse.

The Harmony Project is a specialist domestic abuse refuge for young women aged 16-24 and their children. The women we support have all fled abuse from partner or family, grooming, forced marriage or sexual exploitation. This project will benefit women and children who have fled male violence. It will fund activity sessions in our garden, trips out, group activities or one to one support where needed. These sessions are a fundamental part of healing and help our service users to process their experiences, feel more connected and build confidence.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 8 March 2022 to 12:00 PM, 22 March 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1134679)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£5,000

Amount raised

£5,105

Donations

33

Championed by The Big Give Trust (Champion)

    Categories

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge
  • Mental HealthMental Health

    Helping

  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

We provide safe accommodation and intensive support to young women (aged 16-24), and their children, who are homeless as a result of relationship abuse, sexual exploitation and forced marriage. We aim to break the cycle to prevent young women from becoming recurrent service users. We need funding for outdoor resources to facilitate the delivery of meaningful activities and group sessions within the project, aimed at keeping safe, supporting recovery and building resilience and self-esteem.

Solution

If successful, this funding would cover costs relating to sessional support located in our garden and play area, such as garden activity resources (plants, soil, insect hotel items and some small gardening equipment items), trips and activities in the community (including entrance fees, travel costs, snacks and refreshments, sessional staff time and suitable outdoor clothing and equipment), and some risk taking activities (usually outdoor adventures) designed to push service users outside of their comfort zone, provide opportunities to learn new skills and to boost self-esteem in a controlled environment (including entrance fees, travel costs, sessional staff, snacks/refreshments & appropriate outdoor wear).

  • 'The support and the care I have received from Harmony means so much to me. Without them I could've potentially lost my child and my life. Every single staff member does an amazing job, and it is a pleasure to be living in such a lovely refuge.'

    — Gemma - a resident at The Harmony Project

  • 'I never thought I’d be able to leave with my children while everything was closed. I thought I was trapped. Thank you for everything. You have saved our lives.'

    — Zoe - resident

  • 'It has helped his anxiety and enabled him to feel more confident.'

    — Resident in response to support received by her son.