Living with domestic abuse has a devastating impact on young people – even more so during a global pandemic.
Many children have missed out on so much already, so we wanted to raise money to give the young people that we support a summer memory.
We are on a mission to end relationship abuse, by campaigning for change and providing support and education throughout Staffordshire and its surrounding areas.
Our team currently supports children and young people between 5 and 19-years old, either living in the community or in one of our three refuges across North Staffordshire.
The Save Their Summer fundraising appeal, which ran from June to August, gave our supporters the chance to buy a gift experience for a child, ranging from £7-39.
We raised a total of £3,695, with significant donations from our long-standing supporters The Hanley Economic, Cheadle Rotary Club and Cheadle Foodbank.
We were able to purchase thousands of pounds worth of experiences, such as meal vouchers, Flip Out tickets, cinema tickets, and minibeast experiences.
Education and Prevention Team Leader, Sarah Buckley, said: “Seeing the difference that these experiences have made to our children and young people has been really heart warming.
“The last 18 months have been incredibly difficult for most people, but when you add domestic abuse into the mix, it makes everything that bit harder.
“Lots of the young people that we support have never experienced the things that we take for granted, but thanks to the kindness of others we have been able to give all of the children that we support a positive experience.
“We could not continue our work without generous donations, so we are grateful to our longstanding supporters, The Hanley Economic, Cheadle Rotary Club and Cheadle Foodbank.”
The successful campaign was also extended to allow people to continue to donate to support our other services, such as our refuge gardens, children’s spaces and teenager support sessions.
Across the UK, one in seven children and young people under the age of 18 will have lived with domestic violence at some point in their childhood. Domestic abuse can severely impact mental and physical wellbeing, as well as behaviour and education.
At Glow, we provide support to those affected by domestic abuse, as well as delivering specialist sessions and programmes to raise awareness of healthy relationships in schools and colleges, enabling young people to spot the signs of domestic abuse, and how to get help if they need it.
We are on a mission to end this cycle and rewrite the future for children and young people so they can live a life free from abuse.