Following on from our previous post ‘Its the Season of Giving‘, Kensington Mums would like to thank you all for your donations which have been donated to Hestia, Kensington and Chelsea together with the help of the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation.
Hestia’s is one of the largest providers of domestic abuse services in London, providing refuges for women and children made homeless by domestic abuse. Hestia has 3 domestic abuse refuges in Kensington and Chelsea which provide specialist housing support to help women and children recover from the trauma they have experienced and to rebuild their lives; free from abuse. Last year we supported 48 women and 35 children in Kensington and Chelsea. The refuges provide a safe haven for mothers and children, a place where they can stay for up to nine months whilst they get their lives back on track. Women are supported by their key-worker who provides practical and emotional support. The project employs two qualified Children and Family Worker who provide one-to-one emotional and practical support to children made homeless by domestic violence. They also facilitate a programme of learning and play opportunities to enable children to thrive and heal from the trauma they have experienced and ultimately move-on from the refuge emotionally stronger and more resilient than when they arrived. Activities include play sessions, after-school homework clubs, summer holiday activities and one-to-one sessions. Children and Family Workers also work with mothers to ensure that children gain a new school place as quickly as possible, and to ensure that children are accessing health services. Hestia also provides the Butterfly Project in Kensington and Chelsea, which provides peer-support to survivors of domestic abuse living in our refuges and in the community.
Thank you all again for your donations. I am sure that together we have truly made a difference to those in need during Christmas. Here is a sneak peek to all the toys, clothes, books, jackets that were donated.
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