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Ok, so the necklace might not be to everyone's taste, but the cause is more than worthy.

Refuge is a great charity that really can change people's lives for the better.
From their website:
"Last year 72 women were killed by a current or former partner. You can help Refuge by buying Avons Empowerment Necklace to help save lives now and in the future. And wear it as a sign of remembrance for those women who were killed by their husbands or partners.
As the company for women, Avon is dedicated to supporting causes that matter most to women across the world. Avon has launched the Avon Empowerment Necklace as a symbol of infinite hope for a better future and to raise funds and awareness of domestic violence.
All UK proceeds from Avons Empowerment Necklace will go to Refuge, the national charity for women and children suffering from domestic violence, and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)."




Even if you don't want to buy the necklace, you should go to their website and sign their petition to encouraging the government to help more in cases of domestic violence:
http://www.fourwaystospeakout.com/speak-to-the-government/index.htm


You can also donate directly here - http://refuge.org.uk/

Do something good.
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Well I'll be honest, I posted it more to promote the charity than for the actual necklace - hence the two extra links in my original post straight to the Refuge sites.
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I am afraid this charity is a huge moneyspinner and I know that people in these refuges have to pay a fair amout to live in them along with ridiculous charges for using washing machines, tumble driers etc.

Bearing in mind most women and children arrive at these places with just the clothes on their back , no money and very often not a penny to their name its a disgrace.

I do believe years ago Refuge was a charity in the whole sense but now its a business doing very well out of those who need the help most, at an extremely distressing time.

IMO more effort should go into sorting this Goverment out, to sort the perpertrators of DV. If these people were put where they should be then the women would not need to flee. Then they and their children could sleep sound and safe in their OWN homes and beds at night!

Rant over and you're right the necklace is awful lol but I have signed the petition.
#5
im sorry but i would disagree that the victims have to pay a fair amount in a refuge i am a support worker in 1 and they are charged 17pds per wk and the washing machine and dryers are 1pd a time( cheaper than my local wash house )
they are also given a welcome pk that includes food ,soap shampoo etc that are donated by local suppermarkets and by school through harvest festival and helped to apply for benefits etc and are usually fast tracked
i would agree the goverment should do more to sort out the perpertrators :x
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fanny
im sorry but i would disagree that the victims have to pay a fair amount in a refuge i am a support worker in 1 and they are charged 17pds per wk and the washing machine and dryers are 1pd a time( cheaper than my local wash house )
they are also given a welcome pk that includes food ,soap shampoo etc that are donated by local suppermarkets and by school through harvest festival and helped to apply for benefits etc and are usually fast tracked
i would agree the goverment should do more to sort out the perpertrators :x




Yes but I understand the local authority also pay the refuge. In fact they pay a huge sums for each person in excess of £100 - £170 per week in the form of housing benefit.

Whilst I in no way begrudge anyone help in their time of need I do begrudge the fact that these refuge's and certainly the newer ones are a considerable size and they are coining it in. Also bearing in mind alot of these women will be in the refuge for quite a while and most refuge's are full or near full at any given time.

They are running on a higher capacity rate than most hotel's!

I just think that the charity itself is misleading.

I don't say all people,I can only speak of the people I have discussed this with and they are shocked that refuge residents are having to claim substantial amounts from the local authority which is way in excess of social housing benefit. Then even more shocked to find out that they then have to pay money on top of this.

£17 a week and a £1 everytime they need to launder I think is scandalous but thats just my opinion. When my kids where young I was like widow twanky, the washing machine and tumble dryer was never off. I also understand they have to pay a breakable's deposit each week of £5 which is returned to them when they leave.

If I am wrong I apologise but its just the way I see it.

You support workers do a sterling job and I am no way suggesting you are on inflated salaries etc. In fact I believe you are not paid enough. :thumbsup:

Lets just hope Gordy gets his finger out and has a sort out asap. Meanwhile I would love to know what the Managing Director of Refuge gets paid ;-)
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loulou11
Meanwhile I would love to know what the Managing Director of Refuge gets paid ;-)


Well the Head of Fundraising job is going for £55,000 - £60,000


http://www.managementtodayjobs.com/job/309401/head-of-fundraising

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