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Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society (Farnham & Haslemere)

Mission Statement

The Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society has been providing high quality residential, nursing and sheltered care in Farnham and Haslemere for over twenty five years. The Society strives to ensure that all homes are warm and friendly with a ‘Home from Home’ feel.  All Residents are invited to regular meetings where they have an active role in deciding what happens within the home that they live in.

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Age UK Surrey

Mission Statement

Age UK Surrey aims to:

  • promote the wellbeing of older people in Surrey
  • improve public awareness of issues concerning ageing
  • influence public policy to meet the needs of older people
  • work with other agencies in the provision of relevant services for older people

If you have the time - however little - there are so many ways in which you can help.

The rewards are great.  You will use your skills, meet new people, have fun and find it very, very rewarding.  You can be sure that the time you give is making a positive difference to older people in the community.

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Artventure Trust Ltd (Merrow, Guildford)

Mission Statement

The Artventure Trust enables people with learning difficulties,physical & mental disabilities to explore the visual arts.  We aim to help vunerable people integrate into the community.  Working alongside practising artists & others with a variety of skills & experience, we combine to give a flexible & fun approach to the creative process.

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Ash Citizens Advice Bureau

Mission Statement

To give advice and information on a wide range of subjects including welfare benefits, employment law, housing, consumer rights, family law, debt management etc.  Our service is free, impartial, confidential and independent.  We answer enquiries by personal interview, letter, phone or, where needed, home visit.  We negotiate, when appropriate, on behalf of our clients with third parties.

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Brightwells Gostrey Centre (Farnham)

Mission Statement

Brightwells Gostrey has been in the heart of the community for older people for over 30 years.  We provide a warm and friendly environment for senior citizens to meet. Offering a variety of vital activities and services including freshly cooked meals, daily activities, craft workshops, grandparent and toddler groups, outings and much more. We are proud to bring a sense of belonging, companionship, fun and enjoyment to those in their golden years.

We also provide a Community Meal Service, ensuring those who need it, regularly receive a nutritious freshly cooked meal and pudding. All dishes are prepared from scratch in our kitchen. However, it is far more than just a meal we are delivering.  Our team of volunteers are a friendly face to many, helping to reduce social isolation, something which has become so much more important in the recent months.

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Brigitte Trust

Mission Statement

The Brigitte Trust is a Queen's Award registered charity offering a free service of emotional support and practical help.  The service is normally offered face-to-face in the home supporting people and their carers when a life-threatening illness such as Cancer or Motor Neurone Disease has been diagnosed. Currently, and since first lockdown, our volunteers are offering telephone support, though in time we hope to return to the home visiting for which we are widely known. The Brigitte Trust is a trusted partner of Surrey County Council and over 400 referrals have been received from Community Responders throughout Surrey.  More volunteers are needed now to support people who have received a late diagnosis or delayed treatment. 

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British Red Cross

Mission Statement

About the British Red Cross

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in theUKand abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

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Care Farnham

Mission Statement

Helping local people in Farnham and surrounding villages get to the doctor and dentist, hospital and optician, physio and chiropody etc appointments.

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Cherry Trees (East Clandon)

Mission Statement

Our purpose

To be a force for good by transforming lives through exceptional home from home care for children with all disabilities and their families.

Our Vision

Our doors will always be open to families in need throughout the South East, by being a much loved and supported charity.

Our Values

Our aim at Cherry Trees is to offer the opportunity to children with learning and physical disabilities, most of which are severe, to enhance their quality of life by providing a safe, home-like environment whilst also providing their parents with a meaningful break.

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Circles South East

Mission Statement

The object of the charity is to relieve the needs and promote the rehabilitation, treatment, education and care of persons who have committed, or who are likely to commit offences, particularly sexual offenses, against others, and the families of such persons and others affected by such offences.

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Community Angels (Guildford)

Mission Statement

Community Angels is one of three projects run by Guildford Town Centre Chaplaincy (GTCC).

GTCC exists to:

Show Compassion, Offer Care and Support Community:

Each of our projects begins with showing compassion to others at their point of need and seeking to understand their situation without judging. We respond by offering care which may include emotional or practical support as appropriate. We work collaboratively with others to support community in Guildford by connecting with those facing isolation, welcoming those who feel rejected and embracing difference and diversity.

 

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Crossroads Care Surrey

Mission Statement

Crossroads Care is Surrey's leading charity providing respite care support to Carers. We've been working across Surrey for over 30 years, with our core purpose being to improve the quality of life of unpaid carers and those they are caring for. 

 

COVID-19 Emergency Response

As a result of Coronavirus, Crossroads swiftly implemented a response by providing essential shopping and prescription collection services to carers and to other vulnerable people that were isolated at home. We provided regular wellbeing calls to check in on people to see how they were coping and to offer support with shopping. We're now developing a volunteer based Outreach Support and Telephone Befriending with Digital Tech project largely in response to Covid, but which enable us to continue to support people who need it with shopping and prescription collections, and also with support in learning and using digital technology.  We are seeking new volunteers who are interested in providing Outreach Support and / or Telephone or Digital Befriending.

 

As an Outreach Support Volunteer you would support people living in the same borough as yourself with shopping and prescription collections. We would provide you with appropriate PPE and pay any related fuel costs.  

 

As a Befriender you would support carers and other older people, or those being cared for, who are feeling isolated and alone and who would benefit from having someone to speak to simply to chat about life, the weather, local services and events etc. We're interested in hearing from volunteers who are relatively IT savvy and would be able to connect to our Cloud based phone system to make telephone or virtual calls to clients. We'd also like volunteers to get involved with an exciting new Befriending with digital tech project, through which you would be able to support people in learning to use, or building confidence in using laptops, smart phones and tablets. Even if you're not computer savvy, but would benefit from being a befriender yourself, please get in touch.

 

We're also looking for new Trustee's to join us now, so if you're interested in supporting us in leading the development of respite services for carers in Surrey, please enquire through our website www.crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk

 

We are also always looking for people that are interested in other volunteering roles, including by offering support in care or club settings, in the community or in the head office.

 

If you are interested in becoming part of our Surrey wide team and being involved in providing support to your community, please email us at enquiries@crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk to request a volunteer pack.

 

We'd love to hear from you... if you have a good understanding of what it's like to be a carer and are looking to give something back through volunteering.

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Family Action - NE Hants & Farnham Social Prescribing Project

Mission Statement

The overarching aims of Family Action's Social Prescribing service in North East Hampshire and Farnham are to:

  • Improve health and wellbeing outcomes for residents in the area
  • Reduce inappropriate demand for health and social services
  • Enable residents to be proactive in managing their own health and wellbeing
  • Help people to access the right support
  • Be accessible to as many people as possible within the community

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Family Action: National Digital Parenting Support Service

Mission Statement

Families come in all shapes and sizes. No matter how they are constructed, Family Action is committed to supporting them to realise their potential.

All families encounter difficult and challenging times and many will find ways to deal with their problems, getting the support they need from friends and relatives.

There are times, however, when problems can seem too overwhelming to manage.

Family Action works to tackle some of the most complex and difficult issues facing families today – including financial hardship, mental health problems, social isolation, learning disabilities, domestic abuse, or substance misuse and alcohol problems.

 

 

 

These issues can have a huge impact on the stability of family life, and will have a significant impact on the health, wellbeing and development of all family members.

Family Action believes that families facing these difficulties should have the support they need to become stronger, happier and healthier. With the right kind of support, families can overcome their difficulties and find hope for a brighter future.

We work directly with vulnerable children and families through our services and we also support professionals and organisations through our training and consultancy provision.

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Farnham ASSIST

Mission Statement

Our mission is to be there for older people living in Farnham, meeting them where they are and showing God's love through our work.

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halow project (Guildford)

Mission Statement

To make a difference

About us

The halow project is a growing community-based charity, situated in Guildford, Surrey. We support young people, aged 16+, with a learning disability on their journey into adult life.

The young people we work with want the opportunity to:

  • Build relationships
  • Become part of the community
  • Find meaningful employment
  • Have a home of their own

We believe that the young people we support have the right to be part of and respected in their communities and are entitled to a life they choose in ways which best suit them. halow is committed to developing creative opportunities and removing social barriers.

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Haslemere Hard of Hearing Support Group

Mission Statement

 Advice ,practical help & support for people with hearing aids & hearing difficulties in the Haslemere area.

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Headway Surrey (Guildford)

Mission Statement

Headway Surrey supports people with acquired brain injuries and their families and promotes understanding of the implications of acquired brain injury throughout Surrey.

 

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Hill House Dementia Day Care Centre (Farnham)

Mission Statement

Woodlands and Hillbrow were set up as a family care homes. We now have a day centre specialising in dementia and a nursing home called Hill House.  The homes are all run along the same core principle of dignity, respect, courage and caring for people as though they are our own family.

Once residents come to live with us we want them to have the best possible quality of life and for it to be the last time they ever have to move. In order to achieve this we need volunteers to help us.

I cannot stress the importance of this time in peoples lives, so we try to make it as good as possible at the end of their life.

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Home-Start Guildford

Mission Statement

Parents Supporting Other Parents - a simple idea that really works!

Home-Start Guildford has been supporting families for more than 20 years.  We are a charity and voluntary organisation that aims to prevent family crisis or breakdown by offering regular volunteer support to parents who are under stress with at least one child under the age of 5, usually referred to us by Health Visitors.

We recruit and train volunteers who are parents themselves, to visit the families at home for a few hours once a week and offer them informal, friendly and confidential support, as well as practical help.

This support is aimed to help parents grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children and widen their links with the local community.  Ultimately this support helps the children have the best possible start in life.

Please see the volunteer role for more detail.

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LinkAble (Woking)

Mission Statement

To enable those with learning disabilities to develop their potential and enjoy socially inclusive fulfilled lives

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MacularSociety

Mission Statement

The Macular Society is the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss. We have more than 21,000 members and, as the biggest membership group in the sight loss sector, we are the voice of people with macular conditions. We provide information and support to improve the lives of people with macular disease and to ensure no one has to face it alone. We have around 300 Macular Society support groups around the UK and beyond, run by volunteers. We have a helpline as well as befriending and counselling services and we offer one-to-one training in skills to make the best use of remaining vision. We campaign for better care and we fund research so that one day we can overcome macular disease.

 

 

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Motor Neurone Disease Association - West Surrey Branch

Mission Statement

Our Vision

A world free from MND

Our Mission

We improve care and support for people with MND, their families and carers.

We fund and promote research that leads to new understanding and treatments, and brings us closer to a cure for MND.

We campaign and raise awareness so the needs of people with MND and everyone who cares for them are recognised and addressed by wider society.

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MS Society Surrey Group (Guildford)

Mission Statement

Our vision
A world free from the effects of MS.
Our mission
To enable everyone affected by MS to
live life to their full potential and secure the
care and support they need, until we
ultimately find a cure.

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PARENTS ACTION GROUP for special play, Music, Dance & Drama (Camberley)

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Park Barn Learning Centre

Mission Statement

To work with partners to ensure that those, in Surrey and beyond, who have missed out on learning in the past, have opportunities to learn and to reach their full potential.

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Parkinson's UK

Mission Statement

Our core values show the way we all work together to bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson's.

  • People-first

We're a strong movement for change, informed, shaped and powered by people affected by Parkinson's. We value and support each other. 

  • Uniting

We're people with Parkinson's, scientists and supporters, fundraisers and families, carers and clinicians. We're working, side by side, to improve the lives of everyone affected by Parkinson's.

  • Pioneering

We innovate across everything we do. Creative, courageous and with pioneering spirit, we strive to continually improve. 

  • Driven

We live and breathe our purpose. We set clear goals and strive to deliver the greatest impact for everyone affected by Parkinson's.

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PeerTalk

Mission Statement

PeerTalk's vision is to establish a UK wide network of volunteer facilitated peer support group meetings for people who experience depression and to offer support to their families.

In addition to establishing peer support group meetings, PeerTalk aims to inform and equip individuals and communities to make a positive response to mental health issues. 

It is often the case that people who experience mental health issues also face difficulties in wider society through discrimination, intolerance and injustice. PeerTalk will seek to inform and equip communities to be confident in supporting people through such issues and enabling the communities to challenge the stigma associated with depression and poor mental health. We do this through promoting a positive narrative around mental health through social media and roadshows.

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Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care

Mission Statement

Mission, goals and values

 

Mission statement

To give excellent specialist care and support to patients and families living with life limiting illnesses, and through training, empower other healthcare professionals to do the same.

Strapline

... because every day is precious

Goals

Patient care: To offer a choice and range of specialist services in the Hospice, in the home and in the community

Financial security: To secure sustainable income to allow us to continue to provide and develop our services to patients free at the point of delivery

Staff and volunteer experience: To ensure we are a skilled and motivated team of staff and volunteers who take pride in working for the Hospice

Centre of excellence: To deliver best practice care, specialist training to healthcare professionals and ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements

Environment: To provide a place that is welcoming, safe, secure and well-maintained

Independence: To maintain our status as a self-governing and independent charity whilst working in partnership with others

Values

  • Putting the patient first
  • Treating all people equally with respect, dignity and understanding
  • Using our skills, resources and time wisely
  • Fostering a culture of continuous learning
  • Ensuring workplace health and safety and promoting personal well being
  • Commitment to working in productive and valued partnerships
  • Acting with honesty, integrity and in the best interests of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

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Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre - RASASC Guildford

Mission Statement

Our mission is to relieve the distress of people who have suffered rape and/or sexual abuse or assault, and to educate the public.

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Reconnections - Tackling loneliness in older people in Guildford & Waverley

Mission Statement

Reconnections by Independent Age is a volunteer-led service that supports over-65s in rediscovering their love of life in the communities where they live. We introduce friendly volunteers to residents and connect them to local activities, gatherings and events that provide vital social connections and help break the cycle of isolation and loneliness. Working together with local partners, we create a safe and supportive environment for people to reconnect with their community.

We couldn't run our service without the support of volunteers so please get in touch.

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SeeAbility

Mission Statement

About Denecroft

Denecroft is a small residential home for up to 6 adults with learning disabilities, autism and vision impairment. It is situated near to London Road, Guildford close to GLive.

Volunteers help the people who live there to do the things they love and be active in the community.

About SeeAbility

We provide specialist support, accommodation and eye care help for people with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss.

We don't underestimate people.

We encourage people with disabilities to challenge what they expect from life, from themselves and from wider society.

The people we support overcome huge barriers to achieve exciting new things every day - they challenge us all to think about what’s possible and to rethink disability.

Our aim is that people we support are able to live ambitious lives and achieve things they never thought possible; whether that is forming more friendships and relationships, enjoying new experiences and activities or finding employment.

Our self-advocacy, influencing, supported employment and research programmes mean more people with disabilities are able to change attitudes, influence service provision and change policies towards people with disabilities.

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Shooting Star Children's Hospices (Guildford)

Mission Statement

Shooting Star Children's Hospices is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

Whether lives are measured in days, weeks, months or years, we are here to make every moment count. We support families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.

Our bespoke support is free of charge to families and available 365 days a year. Our care service includes emergency respite care, symptom management and end-of-life care at Christopher's hospice in Guildford and a comprehensive range of therapies and support groups for the whole family at Shooting Star House in Hampton,

It costs £8 million a year just to maintain our current level of care and, with around 10% of our income coming from government funding, we rely on our supporters’ generosity to keep the service running. What’s more, we know there are many more families desperate for our vital support, so it’s crucial we raise more funds to provide more care.

We have volunteer opportunities at our hospices and at our shops.   Volunteers roles are very varied and include helping on reception, in the kitchen, housekeeping, gardening, pool watching, admin, fundraising, shops and at our events.

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SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity

Mission Statement

SSAFA provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force.

We're ready to help you and your family, whenever and wherever you need us.

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Surrey Care Trust - Swingbridge Community Project (Guildford)

Mission Statement

Tackle disadvantage, social exclusion and hardship in local communities and to help people improve their life chances. We will reach out to people to equip them with the skills to improve their economic situation, to reduce their social isolation and to convince them that they have a valuable contribution to make to society.

 

Amongst the ways this is achieved are:

 

Helping people to help themselves for the longer term by providing life-changing opportunities through education and training.

  • Running innovative programmes designed to keep disaffected and vulnerable young people in education, either at mainstream school or at one of our own learning centres, so that they achieve the skills and self-confidence they need for a successful and fulfilling life.
  • Offering second chance learning and training to people of all ages whose lack of skills limits their opportunities and leaves them economically vulnerable.
  • Making training and education programmes available to offenders and ex-offenders, both to improve their own life chances and to create safer communities by helping to reduce re-offending.


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Surrey Family Service

Mission Statement

The Volunteer Host Service provides emergency accommodation on a temporary basis for 16-21 year olds who are at risk of being homeless. The service relies on volunteers to offer a spare room to young people in need for one to three nights.

Host Volunteers provide a safe and secure environment for young people to stay when they’ve had to leave their family home for a number of different reasons. We’re looking for volunteers to welcome a young person to stay in their home for a couple of nights, which enables us to assess the young person’s family situation, resolve conflict and find appropriate longer term accommodation if necessary.

We’re working with the Surrey Families Homelessness Prevention Service to protect vulnerable young people and support families to stay together.

 

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The Silverlining Charity

Mission Statement

Helping the UK's Brain Injured rebuild their lives by helping others.

 

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The Therapy Garden (Normandy)

Mission Statement

The Therapy Garden is a registered charity based in Normandy Village, consisting of one acre of community garden which is managed by a team of horticulturalists, staff and volunteers to provide gardening and horticulture therapy to the more vulnerable members of society. We provide practical horticulture therapy to adults and young people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and physical disabilities.

Our ‘Green School’, enables young people aged 14-19 with learning difficulties such as autism, Down’s Syndrome and Asperger’s to achieve a City & Guilds qualification “Skills for Working Life: Horticulture” in a safe and structured environment. Students are referred to us and funded by mainstream and specialist schools in Surrey and Hampshire and many have gone on to achieve a college place or ongoing employment.

The Therapy Garden is currently organising ‘taster days’ for other groups in the local community such as brain injury and stroke victims and Dementia sufferers and we are able to plan bespoke activities that are tailored to individual client needs.

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Treloar Trust

Mission Statement

The Treloar Trust provides education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training to young people with physical disabilities from all over the UK and overseas. Our aim is to prepare these young people for adult life, giving them the confidence and skills to achieve their full potential.

Our Vision

A world where physically disabled young people take control of their lives and achieve their aspirations

Our Mission

To enable physically disabled young people to achieve their aspirations by:

  • Providing personalised learning, therapy and care
  • Supporting transition into adulthood
  • Promoting independence and inclusion

Our Values

We are Inclusive

Everyone – regardless of physical ability, where they live or socioeconomic background – should have the opportunity to take part in life. We treat our Beneficiaries with the same dignity as their non-disabled peers and work to remove barriers in their way.

Our students and Beneficiaries are always at the centre of everything we do. Before we make decisions, we ask, “How will our students and Beneficiaries benefit from this?”

We act with Integrity and Respect

Physically disabled young people should be free to direct their own lives. We listen to young people’s views and support them to make age-appropriate choices about their daily life and informed choices about their future.

We celebrate and promote diversity, value and support each other, and treat everyone with mutual respect. We support a culture of openness, honesty and transparency, where the safeguarding of our students and wellbeing of our staff is paramount.

We strive for Excellence

Physically disabled young people and their families deserve outstanding care and support. We work to make sure all our services are excellent and actively challenge each other to ensure continuous quality improvement.

We continually innovate to ensure that our Beneficiaries receive the cutting-edge, excellent support they deserve.

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Voluntary Helpers provide support to students in the classroom, during social or sporting activities or lend a hand in an administrative role in one of our departments. We have a wide range of roles designed to welcome whatever skills or time you can offer.
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Waverley Borough Council Community Meals Service

Mission Statement

To deliver a high quality freshly cooked meals service and provide social contact for residents living in the Godalming area.

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yourSanctuary

Mission Statement

yourSanctuary works to prevent domestic abuse and undo the damage it causes to individuals, families and communities.  We provide direct services to women, men and children affected by domestic abuse as well as prevention, advocacy and education programmes.  Our clients come from diverse communities, sexual orientations, religions, ethnicities, socio-economic and age groups. 

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