We team up with Kingfisher plc to refurbish a refuge in time for Christmas

Published 19 December 2019

We are delighted to announce that we teamed up with Kingfisher plc to refurbish one of our refuges for women and children escaping abuse.

The comprehensive refurbishment, which took place earlier this month, was completed by a team of 19 volunteers from Kingfisher plc.

The ground floor lounge and communal areas of the refuge have been repainted and decorated with a range of soft furnishings, curtains, house plants and Christmas decorations in time for the festive period. The playroom has also been enhanced for children in the refuge, providing a much-needed space to relax, read books and play games.

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.

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

“With more women and children than ever seeking our support to aid their recovery from abuse, I am proud that by working together with Kingfisher we are able to provide refurbished accommodation for those in need.

“Kingfisher’s incredible volunteers have given the communal areas of the refuge a new lease of life. They have created a lighter, brighter more comfortable environment for residents where they can rebuild their lives, overcome trauma and develop the confidence to regain their independence.”

Tara Hanna, Group Community and Foundation Manager at Kingfisher plc, added:

“Kingfisher is proud to work within its local communities, making home improvement accessible to everyone, on this occasion at a women’s refuge by donating our product and our people’s time. We were blown away by the transformation we saw in just one day, not only in the home but in the women and children we met, and we are happy this has contributed to a positive and relaxing environment.”

What our residents say

Eliza*, a resident of the refuge said: “It’s a really special thing that the people did, they gave their time to make it better for us.”

Anita*, a resident of the refuge, said: “Thank you for making our home feel like home.”

Lucy*, a resident of the refuge, said: “To everyone involved in the re-decoration – thank you. We are very grateful for all your hard work.”

*Names have been changed


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