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2020 has been a challenging year, with lots of ups and lots of downs.
This newsletter focuses on thanking our supporters and funders; takes a look at 16 Days of Action; and our spotlight is on Arlie, our Your Space well-being worker.
On March 23rd the UK officially went into lock-down. We were all advised to #stayhome #staysafe. For so many of us that meant long days indoors. All sense of normality, routine and structure disappeared and we were all thrown into a bit of the unknown. But the WHM team have stayed throughout, offering support to the women and girls we work with through this difficult time. This edition of our newsletter will update you on some of the ways we've adapted during the lock-down and some of the things that we've been up to.
At a time when we're usually celebrating lighter nights and the blooming of spring, lots of us find ourselves at home feeling cut off from each other and from nature. The WHM team are still here, offering phone support to the girls and women we work with at this difficult time.
This edition of our newsletter will update you on some of the things we have been up to before the pandemic began, including the fantastic yearly celebration of our work, a collaboration with The Tetley, and some wellbeing sessions. We'll also say goodbye to some of our projects - Breathing Space, The Key and the Best Start Peer Support Course, and also a member of the team.
Breathing Space was a women-centred project, funded by the Tampon Tax Fund through the Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport. It aimed to reduce distress and the harmful impact of domestic abuse on women and their children. The focus of this project was support for women who have suffered complex trauma and are experiencing difficulties in their lives as a result. WHM provided safe space for women to “stabilize”, helping women to access internal and external resources and develop stress management skills and so address the critical first stage of trauma recovery.
The Key project received Big Lottery funding to continue its work in 2017, aiming to work with disadvantaged girls and young women at high risk of abuse aged between 13 and 25 within the Leeds area. The project was aimed at young women and girls at risk of violent, abusive or unhealthy relationships, whether this be at home or in their personal relationships with friends and/or partners and covered a wide variety of topics including warning signs of unhealthy/abusive relationships, boundary setting, consent, grooming and sexting as well as self-esteem, confidence and emotional well-being.