A two-year partnership has been agreed between Ross-Shire Women's Aid (RWA) and the Scottish Churches Housing Association (SCHA).
The partnership was signed yesterday (Tuesday 23 July) and aims to support and encourage the contribution of local churches to establish and sustain a starter pack project to support women who move on to their own tenancy.
SCHA is a partnership between the main Christian denominations and organisations in Scotland with a vision of a Scotland free of homelessness.
Adele Newlands, RWA General Manager, says “This partnership is a great way for us to work with our local church groups and build a bridge between homelessness. Often women fleeing a domestic abusive relationship are left with no belongings. For us to be able to provide starter packs for women and children upon gaining new accommodation will provide a great start to their new path.
We often forget the everyday basics that come at a cost such as your cup of coffee in the morning, cutlery and crockery, having a duvet cover and pillow on your bed, clean towels too simple toiletries such as a toothbrush and toothpaste. For us to be able to provide these packs to women and their families will mean so much, and the help from the churches to do this is greatly appreciated.
We look forward to working with Scottish Churches Housing Action and our local church groups within Ross-Shire over the next two years, we believe that rural communities working together can do so much more and we look forward to seeing the difference the partnership makes to women and their families leaving refuge and getting back on their feet again after Domestic Abuse”
Heather Zajac, SCHA Development Manager says “This is a great example of partnership working, bringing the churches and services together to support the needs of women and families fleeing domestic violence. We aim to provide a local starter pack service supported by the local community and churches.
Our purpose is to support and encourage the contribution of all Scotland’s churches in their local communities to realising our vision. We aim to ensure that women and families setting up a new home after receiving support from Ross-shire Women’s Aid are provided with starter packs, full of household essentials to help ease the move into a new home. We could not do this without the support of local churches and the contribution of the hard working team in Women’s Aid Ross-shire.”
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