Appeal – Please Help

The Marylebone Project

He used to physically break the front door down, and every time I changed the locks, his anger worsened. My home, once a place of safety, became a place of fear. He would hurt me, mentally and physically. He controlled me. I was frightened for my life and did not know what to do.

Asmarina*

Church Army’s Marylebone Project is the largest hostel for homeless women in London. Our mission is to empower women to end their homelessness and live their lives to the full.

Camilla Field (Head of Digital Transformation) visited the Marylebone Project and met Asmarina. Camilla tells us how Asmarina shared her story of domestic violence and finding safety at the Marylebone Project through our Emergency Beds.

Domestic Violence (DV)

Whether physical, sexual, emotional, spiritual – no women should feel at risk and at crisis point from this abusive behaviour. The Coronavirus Pandemic with its cycle of lockdowns and self-isolation has heightened anxiety for those experiencing or feeling at risk of DV. Statistics from the ONS (Office for National Statistics) showed an increase of over 5% on the previous year in offences flagged as domestic violence related in April-June 2020, with 20% of all offences recorded by the police flagged as DV.

Whilst there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for the pandemic, the heightened incidents of DV will be a sad legacy, with vulnerable women in crisis requiring support from projects such as the Marylebone Project for years to come.

OVER 65% OF RESIDENTS/DROP-IN CENTRE USERS AT THE MARYLEBONE PROJECT HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

Emergency Beds at The Marylebone Project

The Project has four Emergency Beds available to homeless women with low to medium needs who require emergency/respite accommodation on a short-term basis. It isn’t necessary for the individual to have a local connection to Westminster (unlike other beds in the Project), with the average length of stay 28 days. The Resettlement Team offer support and advice to help secure longer-term accommodation or in some cases a place is found in the Resettlement Unit.

£47

provides one night in an Emergency Bed for a vulnerable lady facing crisis.

YOUR GIFT CAN LITERALLY OFFER A LIFELINE.

All our inspiring women at the Marylebone Project start their journey with us at a time of crisis whether domestic violence, mental health, trafficking, unemployment – the list goes on. With the support of the amazing staff team, their peers and your generous support, slowly but surely, they can change their journey and reignite their aspirations and dreams.

Over the last 16 months – and following overwhelming support from the Evening Standard’s Homelessness campaign, work has been underway to refurbish the DropIn Day Centre at the Marylebone Project, ready to ultimately become a 24/7 provision.

Crisis can leave women feeling scared and vulnerable at any time of day, but situations such as Domestic Violence are more likely to occur in the evenings/at night and at
weekends.

After meeting Asmarina, and listening to her story, this enhancement to the work of the Marylebone Project is so crucial.

YOUR GIFT TODAY COULD HELP A WOMAN ESCAPING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RIGHT NOW**!

A great way you can make a difference is by setting up a monthly payment – a giving journey – as together we walk alongside these brave women through the challenges of life.

£47

per month could fund one emergency bed every month.

£30

per month could provide four exercise mats for our classes at The
Marylebone Project to promote good mental health and well-being for our vulnerable homeless women.

£18

per month could fund one hour of trauma-informed support from a re-settlement worker for women in the next stage of their journey.

Set up a monthly payment or see other ways your donations could support the life-changing work of Church Army.

If you already give monthly please would you consider a small increase to your gift or making a one-off donation to support these vulnerable women?

Thank you for your care and compassion for the most vulnerable in our society. With your help we can continue to take hope on the streets of the UK and Ireland.

P.S. If you have a friend or church group who you think might like to know the joy of supporting these women
also please do share this story with them.

*Identity changed to protect individual
**All donations will go to General Funds out of which we fund our frontline projects.

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