Bank’s grant to help support women and children fleeing domestic abuse

A grant from the Barclays £100m Covid-19 Community Aid Package means that survivors of domestic abuse in Wolverhampton will have a safe place to sleep and support to rebuild their lives following the trauma of abuse.

The Haven Wolverhampton supports women and children vulnerable to domestic abuse and homelessness.

The charity provides emergency accommodation for up to 67 women and 100 children at any one time, and a range of services that enable them to leave abuse in their past.

These include a 24/7 helpline and live chat, community outreach, counselling, children and young people’s services, legal advice, support with claiming benefits and debt management, and resettlement support.

The support from Barclays comes at a time when many more women are reaching out to The Haven for help, particularly in emergency situations.

For some women and children, lockdown has meant being trapped inside with their abuser with little or no opportunity to escape, and for many the abuse has got worse.

Popinder Kaur, The Haven’s chief executive, said: “We are so grateful to the Barclays Community Aid Package for awarding us a grant that will enable us to provide not only a safe place to sleep but a whole range of holistic support including counselling and therapies for women and children who desperately need it so they can look forwards to a brighter future.”

Nigel Higgins, Barclays chairman, said: “COVID-19 has created an unprecedented social and economic impact in the UK, with many experiencing greater hardship due to the crisis. Incredible charities, such as The Haven have been playing a vital role in the UK’s response to the pandemic, ensuring urgent help reaches those most in need of support. As a bank we have been doing all we can for our customers, clients and colleagues, and we hope that by partnering with The Haven and many other charities across the UK, collectively we can ensure that as many people as possible in the communities in which we live and work are supported through this crisis.”