Cheshire Without Abuse

"I really, really don't know what I would have done without them. I'd probably still be there, scared, cooking tea for 6 o'clock. It was like walking out of a dark place to a sunny place on the other side."

North West

Charity location

£124,000

Grant size

6 years

Funding period

Our partnership

Cheshire Without Abuse works with anybody that is or has been affected by domestic abuse through a range of services, including crisis accommodation, specialist intensive one-to-one support and therapeutic recovery programmes.

They have been supported by Lloyds Bank Foundation with an extended grant of £124,000 over six years.

Cheshire Without Abuse have also benefited from support from our Enhance programme. Chief Executive Saskia said:

"Enhance has been transformational. It doesn't specifically change the way we run our services but what it's done is really strengthen the systems and processes behind that service delivery.”

As part of their Enhance support, the charity was paired with a mentor from Lloyds Banking Group called Alyson Armstrong. Saskia added:

"What's stunned me is the similarity between a huge organisation like Lloyds Bank and a small local charity like ourselves. She has really prompted me personally to become a better leader for the organisation."

Alyson said:

“The best things about supporting Cheshire Without Abuse for me is watching Saskia transfer the skills I’ve shared with her. I didn’t think I’d get as much back from helping a charity as I have done.”

One service user had lived for 14 years in a violent relationship. She said:

"I really, really don't know what I would have done without them. I'd probably still be there, scared, cooking tea for 6 o'clock. It was like walking out of a dark place to a sunny place on the other side."

Enhance has been transformational. It doesn't specifically change the way we run our services but what it's done is really strengthen the systems and processes behind that service delivery.

Saskia Ritchie, Chief Executive, Cheshire without Abuse

What do we mean by Domestic Abuse?

A service user speaks to a staff member at a Domestic Abuse charity

Domestic abuse: an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and/or violent behaviour. This abuse can encompass but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, emotional or economic abuse.

Our definition also extends to charities working with people who have experienced honour-based violence.

Our Impact on Domestic Abuse in 2018

57

more grants to charities helping people facing domestic violence or abuse

17

national partnerships and programmes developed to better address domestic abuse at a policy level

2.6

years is the average length of our grants for Domestic Abuse charities

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