The Haven Wolverhampton will be able to deliver a Financial Self-Efficacy project to support women in their six refuges, thanks to a grant from Nationwide Community Grants programme, administered by the Heart of England Community Foundation.

The Haven Wolverhampton supports women and children who are vulnerable to domestic abuse and homelessness.

They have six refuges across the city offering emergency accommodation for up to 64 women and 102 children; sadly they are always full. In addition, they offer services that enable women and children to rebuild their lives following the trauma of abuse. These include community outreach, a 24/7 helpline, criminal justice support, children and young people’s services, financial and debt advice, sexual violence specialist support and counselling, among others.

The Haven’s services increase confidence, health and well-being, provide an opportunity to build new friendships, develop practical skills, reduce feelings of isolation and rebuild bonds between mothers and children, ultimately supporting clients to leave abuse behind for good.

Thanks to the grant from Nationwide Community Grants programme The Haven will now be able to deliver a new project supporting women living in refuge to increase financial capability and support with areas such as budgeting, negotiating with creditors and planning for the future.

Pamela Walker, Financial Capability Officer at The Haven said:

“I am excited to be part of this new project and supporting our service users to confidently manage their finances for a more secure future”

Tina Costello, Foundation CEO, said:

“Improving women’s financial capability and skills is crucial to them living happier, independent lives. I can not wait to hear the positive outcomes from this grant alongside the great work that The Haven do.”

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