Housing for Women unveils refurbished refuge following generous donation from Wandle and contractors

Published 27 July 2018

Housing for Women is delighted to announce the completion of a comprehensive refurbishment of our women’s refuge in Merton.

The works, completed by four contractors in partnership with Wandle Housing Association, totalled £50,000 and have given the refuge a wonderful new lease of life, creating a cleaner, brighter and more comfortable environment for residents.

Construction Company, Mulalley, contributed labour and £20,000 to the project including new flooring and painting communal areas. In addition, Ellesmere installed two kitchens free of charge, Benchmarx provided two free kitchens and Wandle provided four complete kitchens.

Earlier this week, representatives from Housing for Women, Wandle the contractors, and the women and children living at the refuge, gathered for a grand unveiling. We heard from a number of residents who expressed their huge appreciation for all of the work in their homes, and praised the dedicated support they have received from Housing for Women staff at the refuge.

Commenting on the news, Zaiba Qureshi, Chief Executive of Housing for Women, said: “I would like to express my utmost thanks to Wandle Housing Association, the contractors, our staff at Merton and everyone involved with this project – without you all this would not have been possible. We are delighted with the refurbishment. It has been completed to an extremely high standard and will make a huge difference to the women and children who live there, creating a better home environment where they can rebuild their lives, overcome trauma and develop the confidence to move onto independence. I look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Wandle Housing Association to deliver vital domestic abuse services to women in London.”

Tracey Lees, Chief Executive of Wandle Housing Association, added: “It has been an absolute pleasure working with all the contractors involved in refurbishing this property.

“This project is a great example of the difference we can make to the lives of women affected by domestic abuse. Wandle and I are extremely grateful for the hard work that our team and contractors have put in.

“Women’s refuges around the country are facing closure so I am proud that we are able to provide homes for those in need.”

This news follows the recent announcement 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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