We run a grab bag scheme from our Time To Change headquarters where we make up and store bags available to women fleeing domestic abuse. We allow any third sector organisation to refer any victim that needs this service. The bags include a mobile phone, clothes such as underwear, nightwear and daytime clothes, sanitary and hygiene products and a purse with £5 in it. We have supported 16 women through this project over the past 12 months. The bags cost around £100 each and have been funded through kind donations.
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Grab Bag Stories
The women who have benefitted from the grab bags tell me that it has been a lifeline – one woman who fled a domestic abuse situation was put in a hotel and had no belongings with her. She was so appreciative of the pj’s and the spare clothes, she was able to get a bath and wash her hair with the toiletries provided. She was also given a mobile phone which enabled her to make contact with supporting agencies. The small amount of money that was in the purse enabled her to get a sandwich and a drink.
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Ways to support us
Time to Change wouldn’t be able to do half the things we do without the support and backing of our local communities. The generosity of individuals, community groups and businesses in West Cumbria has enabled us to continue to grow our Calderwood House project as well as numerous other initiatives that support those in need. To be able to continue caring for people who need it most, we rely on your continued support and generosity.
There are many ways you can get involved and help keep Time to Change moving forward. From a one-off donation to regular donations by direct debit, legacy gifts or corporate fundraising for us, every penny donated goes straight back into our projects, helping to provide life-saving support for many. Other ways you can contribute include taking action and joining our cause and volunteering for us. We rely on volunteers, in addition to residents, to help run Calderwood House, to sell our fundraising coffee and candles and to spread the word at events. Other projects such as the McKenzie Friend Support Service wouldn’t be possible without the time given by volunteers. Help us continue to do what we do best by joining our mission for change.