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Opening Doors project is providing amazing support to mum Alicia and her two boys at refuge

This summer, our Stoke-on-Trent refuge garden has had a colorful makeover!

It’s all thanks to our Opening Doors project, funded by BBC Children in Need and supported by the Arnold Clark Community Fund. 

Opening Doors provides holistic, combined support for parents who have experienced domestic abuse and their children. The project teaches parents how to play with their children and spend precious one-on-one time with them. This might not have been possible when they were living with an abusive partner.

For children, it means they can play, get messy and have fun! There’s always so much to get involved in, including crafts, Lego, painting and gardening. For parents, it means they can have time to themselves while our Children’s Team keep their little ones busy with different activities.

Funding for the project has also allowed our team to purchase brand new colorful picnic benches for the refuge garden, which customer Alicia* and her two sons have been enjoying this summer. 

It’s important that we have bright, welcoming areas within our refuge, so people feel as comfortable as possible while they work towards their next chapter. 

Alicia lives in our safe accommodation with her two boys. She has received support from us after facing domestic abuse and our dedicated staff have been there every step of the way. 

She said: “Glow have supported me practically and emotionally.

“They’ve always been there for me and provided me with everything I need, so I’m very grateful.

“Glow is helping my children by helping them deal with their feelings and emotions. It can be very hard when you leave your house to come to refuge.

“Staff have been supporting my eldest especially, as he’s been dealing with anger after everything that happened. They’ve been helping him to understand what is going on.

“They help me by giving me some time so I can go upstairs and have quiet time while the children are being taken care of doing activities like Lego, playing and colouring, which they love doing.” 

Picnic benches

Alicia and her boys have also been enjoying the refuge’s brand new picnic benches. 

She said: “I love the garden and the new picnic benches. I think they’re wonderful and the children really love them.

“We had a picnic a few weeks ago and the children were playing outside and eating at the benches. It’s nice to see them enjoying it.”

Find out more about our Opening Doors project here.

*name changed to protect identity

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