COVID–19

The Coronavirus is presenting many challenges, risks and worries across the world.

Safespots recognises the risks that self isolation poses to victims of domestic abuse and lock down is an incredibly concerning time for many in our community.

At Safespots, we remain committed to providing support to victims of abuse by working remotely. Please call 07873 889637 should you require assistance during this time.

Updates will be made via our facebook and twitter accounts and we ask that if you have symptoms of the Coronavirus that you contact the NHS immediately on 111.

This is an incredibly difficult time but we want to assure you that we will continue to offer support to those who need it to the best of our ability.

News

Safespots, your rainbow during the Covid-19 storm!

Covid-19 has been the biggest public health crisis of our lifetime, with its effect likely to continue well into the future. It has forced us all to think differently, live differently and work differently.

The Safespots centre has unfortunately remained closed in order to protect both women coming into the centre and the Safespots Team. As lockdown measures begin to ease, we are looking at how and when we can safely open our doors and welcome women back into the centre.

Though the doors have been closed, we have adapted as a service to ensure women are still able to access support. We have seen a huge increase in the number of calls to the Safespots phone line. These calls have varied in terms of what is required but, we have always strived to do the right thing and at times, this has really pushed the team to work differently and think outside the box. We have in the past 3 months offered our service differently and have helped in a variety of ways from support over the telephone, socially distanced meet ups, moving people to safety, moving furniture, providing food and toiletries, to building a child’s swing and even rushing a family pet to an emergency vet!

Each circumstance is different and therefore each response and intervention has to be different too. We are really proud of the difference we have been able to make during this incredibly difficult time and in the words of one lady, ‘I can’t thank Safespots enough, you have been the rainbow during this storm’.

Our volunteers and supporters have worked incredibly hard during this period, in often really challenging circumstances and for that, we sincerely thank you.

Covid-19 and lockdown measures have resulted in most households staying home but, we have to remember that home isn’t always safe. Covid-19 has presented further barriers to women accessing support around domestic abuse but, to anybody currently suffering at the hands of an abusive partner, know that you are not alone.

Please get in touch on 07873889637 or [email protected] and speak to one of the team. Our phone and email are monitored Monday to Friday 10 – 5.

If you are in immediate danger please call 999

April 2020 Update

April has been an unusual month for Safespots, as I am sure it has been for everybody else. We have seen huge increases in the number of people making contact with us, a much greater variety in the types of calls we are getting and a spike in people suffering greatly as a result of the Governments Covid-19 lockdown measures.

We have seen the closure of our doors for the longest time since opening the Safespots centre 4 years ago but, we still remain 100% committed to supporting women and families in our community. In April, we supported over 180 women and families and delivered 24 supplies of food and toiletries to homes across south Manchester.

We have seen nationally a huge rise in calls to domestic abuse services and Safespots is no different. Calls to our service have increased by 162% during lockdown. The nature of the calls has been slightly different to what you may expect. We have more people contacting the service asking for help around ex partners harassing them, difficulties around child contact and probably the most prominent, people struggling with their mental health during this difficult time. We are not seeing an increase in people stuck in the house with an abusive partner wanting to get out. We know this is happening, we know this need is there but, the lockdown makes it very difficult for women to reach out to services when they are stuck in the same place as their abuser.

At Safespots, we anticipate this increase in calls will continue, we also anticipate that post lockdown we will see numbers continue to increase as women are able to get out and access services slightly more easily.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has donated to Safespots so far, this has enabled us to support families who have been struggling with practical things such as food or things for their kids to do during lockdown. These funds have made a real difference to a large number of families. We would also like to thank our partners across Wythenshawe who continue to remain committed to helping our community through this difficult time.

We want women to know we are still here, if you need help and support please contact us on 07873889637 or alternatively, you can email [email protected].

MP Gives Powerful Account of Abuse (Watch)

During the second reading of the Domestic Abuse Bill yesterday MP Rosie Duffield gave a brave and powerful account of her own experience as a survivor of domestic abuse. Her story serves as a reminder that domestic abuse knows no boundaries and can affect people from all walks of life, backgrounds, professions and cultures.

In her moving speech, Rosie Duffield MP said

“Often we see the same images and stereotypes on TV. Housing estates, working-class families, drunk men coming home from the pub. Women surrounded by children and a sequence of shouting followed by immediate physical violence or assault.

Rosie Duffield MP

“But the soap opera scene only tends to focus on one or two aspects of a much bigger and more complex picture.

“Domestic violence has many faces and the faces of those who survive it are varied too. Sometimes there are no bruises. Abuse is very often all about control and power. It’s about making themselves feel big or biggest.”

Rosie went on to tell the story of her harrowing personal experience in support of the Domestic Abuse Bill.

A Spokesperson for Safespots said

” At Safespots we see women from all backgrounds including directors of companies, refugees and full time Mums. Anyone can find themselves in an abusive relationship and Rosie’s speech bravely highlighted that”.

Meanwhile, Former prime minister Theresa May used her first speech in the Commons since leaving number 10 to highlight the importance of domestic abuse policies. She described a new Bill about domestic abuse as a “landmark” piece of legislation. Mrs May added that she was pleased that her first Parliamentary speech since leaving Downing Street was on the topic of domestic abuse.

The new legislation has been heralded as a “once in a generation” opportunity to help victims and was introduced to the House of Commons and given its First Reading on Tuesday 16 July 2019.

  • Domestic abuse remains one of the most prevalent crimes in England and Wales. An estimated two million adults aged 16 to 59 experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2018, two-thirds of whom were women.
  • The purpose of the Bill is raise awareness and understanding of domestic abuse and its impact on victims.
  • It aims to improve the effectiveness of the justice system in providing protection for victims of domestic abuse and bringing perpetrators to justice.
  • It seeks to strengthen the support for victims of abuse provided by other statutory agencies.

However domestic abuse campaigners and grass roots organisations have said that the Bill needs to go further and be accompanied by increased funding for services after local authority funding for refuge services was cut from £31.2m in 2010 to £23.9m by 2018.

THANK YOU NATIONAL LOTTERY PLAYERS

Wythenshawe Safespots have some very exciting news!

After a year long application process we are excited to announce that the National Lottery Community Fund have awarded us five years core funding.

Our main costs, of staffing our fantastic team who support women day in day out, and keeping our drop in centre open so we are in the heart of the community when women need us, will now be covered by the National Lottery until 2024. This means all fundraising efforts and donations can be focused on providing extra services and support to women.

This will make a huge difference to local women and will ensure that this vital service will continue for at least five years.

We would like to send our heartfelt thanks on behalf of local women, our hardworking staff and trustees to everyone who plays the National Lottery for helping us to help keep women safe.

You can find out more at www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk 

 

Northern Soul and Motown Night

Join us for an evening of Northern Soul and Motown. With an optional 70s fancy dress contest for just £2 extra on the night, boogie the night away in retro style!

With a raffle and chances to win big prizes throughout the evening, help us raise funds to help this vital charity to support local women. Event tickets are £10 each and all proceeds go to Wythenshawe Safespots.

Buy Tickets Here

 

 

LIVE MUSIC NIGHT STARRING PETE EAVERS

Wythenshawe Safespots are excited to present a night of live music from Manchester’s very own Pete Eavers on Friday 10th May 2019, 7pm at Northenden Social Club.

Pete Eavers is a singer/songwriter who has been playing in bands and as a solo artist around Manchester for more years than he would like to would admit to. For this special night, Pete’s put together an eclectic mix of classic hits from the likes of Oasis, The Drifters, Don Maclean, James, The Kinks and many more. We challenge you not to be singing along and maybe even strutting your stuff within moments…

Once we have you singing along, stay with us and show you have what it takes on the Karaoke and dance into the night!

Tickets are just £10 and the price includes entry and snacks. We will have a raffle on the night, raising funds to support survivors of domestic abuse and gender based violence from Wythenshawe and the surrounding area.

If you aren’t able to come along but would still like to donate to help Safespots with our ongoing work please visit our Just Giving Page

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