Just talking has helped me decide what I need to do to get through the day – Self Injury Support Appeal

Every year Self injury Support offers a confidential, non-judgemental space to thousands of women across the UK who use self injury – often due to traumatic experiences such as domestic or sexual violence, bullying, mental health issues and abuse. Through phone, text and email we support women to talk about how they feel and let them know about other services which could support them. We also provide online self-help tools and train across the UK – we have run courses for mental health staff, council call centres, schools, housing support organisations and anyone else who is interested!

You may be aware that we along with other charities have experienced progressive cuts to our funding over the last several years. It is becoming more and more difficult to provide the support we would to women who use our services. We are currently facing a large shortfall in covering the cost of office space and other basic infrastructure. We desperately need your support to continue to survive in our current format.

We are asking people support us in one (or more!) of the following ways:

One off donations: Text SISU14 £10 (or any amount you can give less or more) to 70070

Signing Up for Regular Donations: We are aiming to sign up 100 people to donate £2 or what they can afford to us on a monthly basis – contact info@selfinjurysupport.org.uk or 0117 927 9600 for more details

Doing a fundraising event for us: In the past people have run marathons, baked cakes and dressed up to raise donations for us – anything you fancy doing we’d love to hear about – contact info@selfinjurysupport.org.uk or 0117 927 9600 to let us know about your ideas

You can also donate to us directly through:

Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/sisupport/

Virgin Money Giving: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1009503

For more information on what we do please visit our website: www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk

Or find us on Facebook ‘Self injury Support’ or twitter @sisupportorguk

Thank you so much for your support

Please note we have changed our name and have new email and PO Box addresses as in signature below.

Self injury Support (formerly Bristol Crisis Service for Women)

PO Box 3240, Bristol BS2 2EF
0117 927 9600

December 9, 2014

24 December 2014 ~ Tiny Diner – Supporting the work of Eaves – Deadline to pledge support

Who are we?

Tiny Diner is a start-up with a social conscience, passionate about two things: fresh, organic baby food, and the social well-being and safety of women and girls.

We need your help to get our product range launched, and the Tiny Diner Sampling Van on the road. Once launched Tiny Diner will support the work of Eaves – a charity with a social mission to expose and address violence against women and girls.

What’s special about Tiny Diner?

Tiny Diner was created by Eaves, inspired by the women it supports, to generate income and create training and employment opportunities for women who have faced domestic abuse, sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

The Tiny Diner chilled, organic baby food range will provide babies, toddlers, and young children with the healthiest and most nutritious baby food possible. Tiny Diner draws on the trend for fresh, local ingredients incorporating seasonal produce wherever possible, with transparent labelling of nutrients to aid busy parents. The meals will be sold chilled and can be frozen by the consumer or the retailer.

With a team of experienced volunteers including child nutritionists, a professional chef, and key industry figures in food and marketing, we have developed a brand and range that we all believe in. It’s not just us; we already have orders from two major specialist delicatessen chains and firm interest from several UK supermarkets.

Tiny Diner needs your help!

We need your help to get the Tiny Diner product range launched, and fulfill the orders we already have.

Money raised through Crowdfunding will be spent on manufacturing the initial range of products, plus buying and kitting out a vintage van to get the ‘Tiny Diner Sampling Van’ on the road. We will take the van to baby shows, food fairs and food markets around the UK to raise awareness of our product, and of course our wider social aims.

By pledging your support today, we are one step closer to bringing Tiny Diner to market and getting the Tiny Diner Sampling Van on the road. Please pledge whatever you can to help us achieve this – by getting Tiny Diner launched we can help women who have experienced the worst in human nature, to see the best.

Our way of saying thank you…

In return for your pledges of support, we’ve put together some fantastic rewards which include sample food vouchers, t-shirts, founding and star member packages, a baby photo shoot, and much more – see right for details.

Our Food:

Our organic portfolio comprises of three ranges, baby, toddler and young child, following the key stages of child development and allowing for the child to ‘grow up with’ the Tiny Diner products.

  • Tiny Diner meals are designed to stimulate and aid child development as well as provide key nutrients;
  • 6-12 month weaning period is crucial in establishing a baby’s relationship with food;
  • Introducing a wide range of flavours at the beginning of the weaning process builds a diverse food repertoire and exposes the child to the widest range of healthy food;
  • A variety of flavours and textures has developmental benefits, adds interest to the food and increases parent confidence in what they can feed their child;
  • Textured foods, allow for development of muscles in the cheeks and jaw, which are necessary for speech. Chilled food allows for different textures, in contrast to texture less ambient or shelf stable products that don’t need to be refrigerated.

To summarise the Tiny Diner range will:

  • Address the gap in the market for nutritious, fresh convenience food of the highest quality for babies, toddlers and young children;
  • Use only organic ingredients;
  • Be designed to aid the baby’s development through introduction to a variety of tastes and textures from 6 months old;
  • Appeal to ethical or socially conscious consumers.

To find out more about the social values behind Tiny Diner, our planned product launch, and the Tiny Diner Sampling Van, please visit www.tinydinerfood.com

Thank you for your support!

This project will only be funded if at least £33,600 is pledged by 24th December 2014.

Pledge your support at http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/tiny-diner/

December 9, 2014

Christmas Appeal – We need your help to make Christmas safer for women and children – Women’s Aid Northern Ireland

For most people, Christmas is a time of joy. A time when families come together to share love and laughter. Sadly, while most families are celebrating Christmas, other lives are being devastated due to domestic and sexual violence in the home.

Many women and their children will endure a Christmas day of violent outbursts, emotional abuse or cruel silence, and be prevented from contact with other family members. For these women, Christmas is a time of fear, pain and loneliness. Often women and children endure this terrible situation because they feel there is no other option.

Women’s Aid NI is here to ensure women know there are options, including the safe haven of our refuges. We do this through our 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline. Our team of highly trained, experienced staff and volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including Christmas Day. We offer support, advice and practical information to all women and men seeking to escape a life of emotional abuse, violence, rape, financial control and isolation in their own home.

Last year, the Helpline answered 50,335 calls. Sadly there is always a rise in calls for help over the Christmas period. It is expected that this year will be no different. Many women and their children will spend Christmas in one of our refuges across Northern Ireland. This means they will have had to flee their own homes, often having to leave all their possessions behind, because home was not a safe place for them to be.

PSNI statistics for 2013/14 show there were 27,628 domestic abuse incidents, that is 1 domestic abuse incident every 19 minutes of every day. During this year there were 7 murders with a domestic abuse motivation. These statistics are shocking.

We need your help to make Christmas safer for women and children

The impact of domestic and sexual violence is devastating. Many victims do not report domestic violence due to fear of the perpetrator, because of the intimate nature of the relationship with the perpetrator, or because the abuse has left them with such low self-esteem or confidence, they believe they are to blame. Victims can experience so much trauma that it can take up to thirty-five incidents of verbal threats, coercion and controlling behaviour or physical violence before they reach out for the first time.

When they finally find the courage and strength to make the call, we will be there.

Your donation can help us respond to all victims 24 hours a day, 365 days per year through our confidential and safe Helpline service.

Your donation will also help us to:
* Deliver preventative education programmes that help children and young people feel safer in school and at home.
* Ensure those who respond to the needs of women and children (police, courts etc) fully understand the nature and impact of domestic and sexual violence.
* Raise awareness and lobby government to provide vital support, education, protection and justice to ensure women and children can rebuild their lives.
* Educate and inform the public of the devastating impact domestic and sexual violence can have on the lives of victims.
* Promote the work of local Women’s Aid groups providing refuge and outreach support for women and children across Northern Ireland.

You can donate in three ways:
* Donate securely online using the JustGiving Form (*)
* Donate using your mobile phone. Text WANI01 and the amount you want to donate to 70070
* Send a cheque payable to Women’s Aid Federation NI to the address below.

You can also leave gifts for the children and young people in our refuges throughout Northern Ireland. Contact us for further details. All donations will be greatly appreciated. Please help us continue our work for those who face a bleak Christmas, suffering violence in their own homes.

We thank you and wish you a Peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

(*) Donate online at http://www.womensaidni.org/christmas-appeal-need-help-make-christmas-safer-women-children/

December 9, 2014

13 December 2014 ~ Christmas Appeal for women and children seeking asylum – Crossroads Women’s Centre – London

As Christmas approaches, we are asking you to contribute to our Christmas Appeal to help women and children seeking asylum.

Over 50 women attend the fortnightly All African Women’s Group (AAWG) self-help meetings at the Crossroads Women’s Centre where we are based. Many have no permanent home and no income. Some are living on “asylum support” payments which are 70% less than the poverty line benefits available to others. Over half are mothers. At least a quarter have previously been held in detention where they faced poor health care and even sexual abuse from guards.

Women and their families are surviving through mutual support, the kindness of friends, food banks, charities and churches. Just feeding themselves is a daily struggle let alone getting together shoes, winter coats, bedding and other essentials.

The holiday period is a particularly difficult time, as one woman described: “Christmas should be a time for rejoicing with family. It is a sad moment when I realise that I can’t provide a meal or even a small gift for my daughter. I can’t treat her, not even once a year at this special time.”

Times are even harder this year. Legal aid cuts have caused particular devastation as women who have compelling reasons to stay in the UK, are denied lawyers and the means to bring their case to court and then lose their entitlement to support. Cuts in community resources like libraries, playgroups and after-school clubs have pulled the rug out from under many lives.

This year we aim to raise £5,000. For the first time, a private benefactor has promised to match each pound we raise! All the money goes directly to women in need — rare in the world of charity giving and hopefully an encouragement for people to contribute, knowing that none of your money will be squandered. And it makes a massive difference: women can buy a gift for loved ones or put some money towards the expenses of friends or relatives who are giving them shelter over the holiday period.

Despite their hugely difficult circumstances, women are diligent about attending AAWG meetings, supporting each other and speaking out about the injustices they face. This year members have contributed to two parliamentary inquiries into asylum, been interviewed by the media and participated in numerous public events.

Women are buoyed up by and celebrate every hard-won victory. These include: a mother winning family reunion with her son after an 11-year separation; a victim of trafficking from Nigeria winning refugee status; two lesbian women from Uganda winning protection from death threats and extreme violence, and a woman previously held under the Detained Fast Track in Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre (where claims are decided within days denying time to gather evidence), winning the right to an appeal court hearing.

We understand that many people will be feeling hard pressed financially but we ask you to dig deep and contribute as much as you can.

We will distribute the money on Saturday 13 December when Crossroads Women (the charity which runs the centre where we are based) is hosting a free Festive Tea Party for children and their carers, with entertainment, lucky dip and tasty snacks www.crossroadswomen.net

Many thanks and best wishes for the holiday season,

For more information and how to donate go to http://www.crossroadswomen.net/Crossroads%20Women%20Christmas%20appeal%202014.htm

December 9, 2014

Support our Christmas appeal – Refuge

You could help saves lives this Christmas. Donate today and help women and children wake up on Christmas morning without fear.

£60 could enable a mother and her children to sleep safely in a refuge on Christmas Eve and wake up on Christmas morning without fear.

Domestic violence happens all year round, even at Christmas, which is why we need your help today.

Your gift to Refuge this Christmas will offer women and children support that will change their lives – and could even save them.

Please donate today.

To read more and donate online go to http://www.refuge.org.uk/get-involved/support-women-and-children-this-christmas/support-our-christmas-appeal/

December 9, 2014