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Generous donation follows home refurb for domestic abuse survivor

Local Domestic Abuse Charity, Broxtowe Women’s Project, has welcomed a generous donation of £500 from Broxtowe Borough Council’s principal housing contractor, United Living.

Chris Harrison, United Living Site Manager, Debbie Johnson, Broxtowe Borough Council’s Aids and Adaptations Officer and Howard Draper, Broxtowe Borough Council’s Modernisations Officer presented the cheque to BWP’s CEO Colette Byrne and Helen at a Cream Tea event on 20 July.

The donation was made after the United Living team worked closely with Helen, a survivor of Domestic Abuse supported by BWP, to tailor their service while they worked to make improvements to her house.

The team quickly gained a deep understanding of the struggles and stress women who have experienced Domestic Abuse feel when allowing tradespeople to access their home.

Helen said: “I was so stressed and worried, but they really went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable. We put in measures that I needed to feel safe and reassured. Not one man came into the house before being introduced and me being prepared.”

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Chris from United Living said: “This was a new situation for us, and we learned so much about the lifelong struggles women who have experienced Domestic Abuse face. We found new ways of doing things that worked well for Helen and that we know we’ll be able to take forward with women and families in similar situations in the future.”

Colette Byrne added: “We would like to thank United Living, not only for this generous donation, but also for taking so much time and care to adapt to Helen’s needs while carrying out this work. We know that what they have learned could make a huge difference to more women in the future.”

Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council and Portfolio Holder for Housing, Councillor Milan Radulovic MBE, said: “Broxtowe Borough Council, in partnership with our contract partners, look for opportunities to help within the community and support local initiatives. We are proud of all those involved with this project, and pleased that we can support something so important. We have taken time to get to know and support this tenant with her complex needs and feel we can now carry that learning through to be more considerate of others.”

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