Bringing festive cheer to those in need this Christmas

Published 20 December 2019

Women and children in our refuges and supported housing have received some festive cheer this week thanks to the delivery of Christmas food hampers and gifts.

Over 200 Christmas gifts were donated by numerous organisations and charities including Digital Detox, Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, Intuit QuickBooks, Thamesmead Christian Fellowship and Christian Life Fellowship.

In addition, Christmas food hampers donated by the Junior League were delivered to our vulnerable elderly residents in general needs housing in time for Christmas.

To celebrate the festive season, earlier this week Housing for Women hosted two Christmas parties for some of our older general needs residents living in Kensington & Chelsea and Greenwich. Housing for Women staff provided entertainment for the guests who enjoyed mince pies, cakes, sandwiches and drinks, as well as Christmas Card making and bingo.

Commenting on the news, Zaiba Qureshi, Chief Executive of Housing for Women, said:

“On behalf of the whole team, I would like to express our gratitude to all the individuals and organisations who have supported us over the festive period. Your kind donations have been shared among the women and families most in need; many of them living in temporary accommodation after fleeing domestic abuse, and our vulnerable elderly residents, many of whom live alone.  Your kind donation will certainly bring a smile to their faces and help spread cheer over the festive season.”

Housing for Women currently manages 7 refuges in 2 London local authorities, supporting women and children to find a place of safety at a time of crisis. Our staff offer emotional support and ensure women and children are safe. They deliver a wide range of practical help in relation to finances and welfare benefits, housing, legal matters, immigration issues, health, education, training and employment.

Around a quarter of Housing for Women’s general needs residents are aged over 60. Our Older Residents’ Officer delivers community-based support working closely with a network of support services to meet residents’ needs. We focus on assisting our older residents in their existing homes through providing aids and adaptations and combating social isolation by organising regular social activities.




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