Housing for Women partners with Habitat for Humanity and Procter & Gamble to refurbish refuge

Published 30 October 2018

Housing for Women is delighted to announce we have partnered with Procter & Gamble and Habitat for Humanity in the refurbishment of our Ealing women’s refuge.

The comprehensive refurbishment of the refuge is well underway. The works, completed by volunteers from Procter & Gamble and skilled tradesman from Habitat for Humanity, have given the refuge a new lease of life, creating a cleaner, brighter more comfortable environment for residents.

Teams of volunteers from Proctor & Gamble travelled from across the country over a six week period working tirelessly to clear the gardens of the refuge, construct storage space, and redecorate bedrooms, lounges, bathrooms and kitchens. A playroom has also been created that the children in the refuge can now enjoy, providing a much-needed space to relax, read books and play games.

Habitat for Humanity, our long-term partner, managed the teams of volunteers throughout the project, providing skilled labour, ensuring the works were completed to a high standard and aiding the participants to develop new skills. The refurbishment will also be complemented by new furniture, curtains and soft furnishings in a range of colours chosen by the women living in the refuge.

Proctor & Gamble also generously donated toiletries and household items for the women and children in the refuge.

Commenting on the news, Zaiba Qureshi, Chief Executive of Housing for Women, said: “Housing for Women and I are extremely grateful for the hard work of Habitat for Humanity, the dedicated volunteers from Procter & Gamble and everyone involved with this project – without you all this would not have been possible. Once the works are complete, residents will be able to enjoy a much better home environment where they can rebuild their lives, overcome trauma and develop the confidence to regain their independence. I am proud that through our partnership with Procter & Gamble and Habitat for Humanity we are able to provide refurbished accommodation for those in need.”

This news follows the announcement earlier this year that Housing for Women has signed up to the national Make a Stand campaign to further tackle domestic abuse in its communities across London. The pledge at the centre of the campaign consists of four commitments which housing organisations can make to support people that live and work in housing who are experiencing domestic abuse. You can find out more here.




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