The Elm Foundation
The Elm Foundation provides a safe refuge for victims of domestic abuse who are having to flee their homes. It also offers a safe environment where people can talk freely and confidentially about their experiences to qualified therapists and counsellors.
The start of the pandemic saw a significant rise in those needing safe housing and support. The Elm Foundation’s accommodation units quickly reached capacity. The charity worked with the Local Authority to provide accommodation units in alternative venues, such as Hotels, B&Bs and private landlords.
Funding from the NET Coronavirus Appeal, through Foundation Derbyshire, is ensuring that there is adequate support and accommodation in place for these vulnerable people. The funding is providing extra capacity in new accommodation units and is supporting the employment of specially trained members of staff who can provide the right support to victims and their children living in the accommodation safely. The NET Coronavirus Appeal funding has allowed The Elm Foundation to provide support to an additional 7 adults and 12 children who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to escape their homes into secure accommodation.
“The abuse got worse when my husband was furloughed, it was always bad, but he was more violent and had started drinking. I didn’t know what to do or where to go, I was scared that I would be trapped. The Elm Foundation helped me to get out and managed to get me and my children safe in a Hotel. We have now been moved from the Hotel and are in the refuge where we are getting support for our future. My children have started a new school and they are really happy now.”