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Welcome to our Summer Newsletter
Welcome to our Summer Newsletter, we hope you enjoy reading about some of our recent activities.
Members spotlight…

Tollers Solicitors has been supporting Stevenage Community Trust in a variety of ways for many years. Earlier this year staff from the Stevenage office kindly gave their services free of charge to provide professional wills to local people in return for a donation to the Trust. We are extremely grateful to Tollers who raised over £5,000 from this initiative and for their ongoing support of the Trust.

How your support has been making a difference
With 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experiencing domestic violence in their lifetime, your donations have been funding local initiatives tackling this issue, providing help and advice to victims and their families. Here are some of the ways your support has helped local people affected by domestic violence.

Stevenage Against Domestic Abuse (SADA) offers support for victims and survivors of domestic abuse through one-to-one support, group work and courses. Although the service has only been operational since March 2018, they have already supported over 350 people and we are proud to have helped them with the following grants.
 
Children in the family are often the forgotten voice and accessing support for them can be difficult.
Play therapy provides children with the opportunity to communicate feelings and experiences they are not able to articulate. The Trust provided a grant of £3,000 towards play therapy training. Staff have now been able to provide invaluable support to children accessing the service and in schools across the town. 
 
‘You and Me, Mum’ is a 10-week course that aims to empower and support survivors in furthering their understanding of their role as mothers and in addressing the needs of children and young people who have lived with domestic abuse. Thanks to a grant of £300 to purchase 50 books, SADA was able to run 5 courses, benefiting over 70 families.
 
Many families flee from their abuser with nothing other than the clothes on their back. SADA is able to provide a Safe Space for these families to live while they figure out their next steps. Our donation of £500 provided mobile phone SIM cards and supermarket vouchers for 20 of these families.
 
“We would like to thank the Trust as we have been able to have money available for food for people that need to go into our safe space so that they can cook for them and their families. We also have enough funds to purchase SIM cards for our mobile phones that we now have for people that have no access to phones. This will make a huge difference to people that have had little or no control over their own lives.” Tania Stokes – Stevenage Against Domestic Abuse

For Baby’s Sake is a programme for expectant parents who want to bring an end to domestic violence and create the best possible start in life for their baby. The organisation helps both parents to make the lasting changes that they want for themselves and their family. One client was a young care leaver, raising her six-month old child alone after leaving her abusive partner. With very little income and no family or friends for support, her flat felt cold and stark and was sparsely furnished with no carpet, curtains or soft furnishings. With a modest grant from Stevenage Community Trust, this young mother was able to purchase some household items to improve her surroundings for the benefit of her new baby.

Tilehouse Counselling was awarded a grant of £2,480 by the Trust to provide counselling sessions for young people aged 13-19 years who are suffering with emotional and mental health issues. Many are self-harming and using dangerous behaviour as an attempt to cope with unbearable feelings. The majority of these youngsters are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have suffered or witnessed abuse and domestic violence. Thanks to the funding from Stevenage Community Trust, the counselling sessions helped these young people with increased self-worth, improvements in mental health, reduction or stopping self-harming and excessive use of drugs and alcohol, re-engagement in education and reduced social isolation. Perhaps, most importantly, there were young people with suicide plans who decided not to end their lives.
 
“We are very grateful to Stevenage Community Trust for recognising the value of counselling for young people. Many of those we see feel isolated and distressed, often feeling they have nowhere else to turn.  They repeatedly tell us, in different ways, that counselling has been a life-line for them.” Sue Barnes - Tilehouse Counselling

Fundraising and events

Simon’s cycle challenge raises over £50,000!
Simon Galbraith’s incredible cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats has raised an unbelievable £55,280.75 for Stevenage Community Trust. These donations will enable us to provide a grant to Home-Start Hertfordshire to help them to clear the waiting list of Stevenage families needing support. Our sincere thanks go to Simon for taking on this remarkable challenge and to everyone who generously donated.

Golf day – 4th July 2019
19 teams from a range of local businesses enjoyed another glorious day of sunshine at Knebworth Golf Club and helped us to raise over £5,500 for local good causes. Special thanks to sponsors Richmond House Wealth Management, Ken Brown Motors, Tollers Solicitors, Barclays Bank and The Wine Society as well as all our volunteers and everyone who joined us on the day. Congratulations to the team from Fujitsu who won the trophy for a second year running.

Quiz night – 11th October 2019
Now in its 10th year, our quiz night sponsored by property consultants RLF never fails to impress all those who attend. Our Quiz Master Vince will ensure a fun night is had by all, regardless of your quizzing abilities. Teams of up to 8 people are invited to take part for a donation of £80 per team. Please email events@stevenagecommunitytrust.org to reserve your place.

Dinner and dance - 15th November 2019
Join us at The Priory in Little Wymondley for a fabulous night at a beautiful venue with delicious food and great entertainment. Tickets are £85 per person and can be reserved by emailing events@stevenagecommunitytrust.org

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