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Women raise £1,300 for victims of domestic violence

Friday, May 15, 2015

Funds will pay for garden furniture and children’s’ toys and to clothe and provide basic essentials for women who have fled from their abusive partners says GMB women’s group

GMB Birmingham and West Midlands Women’s Group have recently presented a cheque for £1,300 to staff from Julia House, a refuge for victims of Domestic Abuse based in Stoke. This is a shelter for women who have suffered domestic abuse. The money was mainly raised by the Group from supporters of Port Vale FC and from other donations.

The money will be used to buy garden furniture and children’s’ toys for the refuge and to also help clothe and provide basic essentials for women who have fled from their abusive partners. See notes to editors for contact details for organizations that assist victims of domestic violence in the region.

Rebecca Mitchell, GMB Regional Organiser, said “The regions women’s group felt it right for their first presentation to be made Staffordshire as the White Ribbon campaign was launched there when ribbons were sold at Port Vale FC.

Unfortunately women who flee their homes take nothing with them. The £1300.00 will be used to buy garden furniture and children’s’ toys for the refuge and to also help clothe and provide basic essentials for women who have fled from their abusive partners.

The group have decided to continue to support Julia House with any future campaigning within the region. We are asking the public who can spare anything from women's clothes, children's clothes, toiletries, old TV’s computers & DVD's to donate them and I assure them that they will be greatly received.

GMB Birmingham & West Midlands region has fully supported the development of a women’s group to give women a greater voice in how the region and the union moves forward. Members don’t need to be delegated by branches to take part all are invited to get in touch or come along.

GMB has a long tradition of unionising women workers and fights for equal rights for our women members. As the union have a rapidly increasing women membership it is right that we champion the work women do in the workplace.

GMB is actively working to increase women’s representation at all levels of our union for example, working to enable the predominantly women support staff to take on organising roles – and within the workplace.

GMB campaigns to challenge cuts which unfairly affect women workers in a range of ways e.g., forcing changes to working hours disproportionately impacts women with children as is it more difficult and expensive to arrange childcare.

Sarah James, GMB Sandwell Branch, said “The work done by Julia House as well as so many other refuges in the West Midlands is inspiring and GMB women are proud to support them.”

We have run this campaign not only to support local charities financially but to raise awareness of how football can play a factor in domestic violence.

Port Vale FC so far is the only team to take the pledge to support this campaign and we ask for other clubs to come forward and support the GMB in helping to make a difference.”


Rebecca Mitchell, Regional Equality Officer on 0121 550 4888

GMB BOSS: Birmingham Organised Sisters Society

Facebook Page:  Twitter: @BOSSgmb;

Arch: http://www.archnorthstaffs.org.uk/thank-gmb

Contact: Sarah/Annette at the Sandwell Branch office on 0121 569 5991

Email: branch@gmbs85sandwell.org.uk.

Notes to editors:

National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247

Women’s Aid – 0808 2000 247

Everyman Project – Helpline for men who are violent – 0207 263 8884

Doli Project – Forced Marriage – 0845 658 1057

Honour Network – National Forced Marriage & Honour Based violence helpline 0800 5999 247.

Victim Support – 0300 303 1977              Mens’ helpline – 0800 328 3623

ManKind Initiative – Help and support for male victims of domestic violence – www.mankind.org.uk

Broken Rainbow - Men and Women in gay, bisexual and transgender relationships – 0300 999 5248

Remember – in an emergency call the police by dialling 999 or in a non-emergency dial 101.

Sandwell Women’s Aid – services and support to men and women experiencing domestic abuse - 0121 552 6448

Women’s Aid have created The Hideout, a safe web page to help children and young people understand & how to take positive action if they are experiencing domestic abuse.

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