Refuge traffic Welcome to my last blog, refuge traffic… for my final blog I thought that I would share with you the volume of traffic we had through the refuge accommodation in the last 12 months. We housed into our accommodation... 98 Women 84 Children But turned away many more as our bed spaces were full. Please be reassured we always try to find alternative accommodation and signposted to other services. When a family or single lady decides to leave her situation and arrives in refuge it can be a daunting experience, so our staff do their utmost to make this journey as comfortable as we can. Each flat-let is dressed with a new duvet, cover, sheets, pillows, towels, toiletries and food, these are all gifted to our clients to take on their forward journey. From 1st April 2019 – 31st March 2020 We provided... 182 - Duvets, covers and fitted sheets 546 – Towels 97 – Food packages 97 – Toiletries package 85 – Toy boxes Some our client’s feedback has included: ‘Wow, I really was not expecting all of this, Thank you’ ‘You do not know how much this means to me and my children,’ ‘For the first time ever I felt believed, it is hard leaving, to know I have to start again with three children is tough, the refuge support team always supported me to make my own decisions. I found all the staff to be knowledgeable and always gave us time.’ ‘My Journey in the refuge has made me the person I am leaving today, more confident and positive about the future, the staff were amazing’ I hope this gives an insight to the work we do in refuge accommodation. Our team of housekeepers work extremely hard to turnaround our flatlets so we can accommodate as many residents as we possibly can. I want to finish by saying "THANK YOU" to every single person and partnerships that donates to us and to the Refuge Team who are always willing to go above and beyond to help our residents gain an insight to the abuse the have left and empower them to make safe choices in their futures.