17 Sep, 2018
On Saturday the 15th September, 2018, The Shelter for Battered Women and Children will temporarily close its residency intake programme to begin much-needed renovations to the safe house. However, administrative services including the counselling programme for women and children will continue to be offered to former residents.
Established in 1987 as a safe haven for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, The Shelter is a registered charity. Managed by an Executive Committee of Volunteers and Staff, the organisation was created in response to the growing awareness of domestic violence and a greater need for support for victims. The Shelter operates a safe house, granted by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, providing accommodation for residents, as well as staff quarters, a counselling,
and training room.
The Digicel Foundation recently made a substantial donation towards the refurbishment of three bedrooms and the renovation of a youth Learning Centre at the safe house. Similarly, funds from the charity Tea Party and Wine and Cheese Evening, hosted at the residence of the Australian High Commission in 2017 and 2018, will also assist with the development of the Library and Children’s Activity Centre at the house, as well as to meet counselling expenses.
The Shelter also receives Government subventions and donations from well wishers, but relies heavily on fundraising events including the annual Wine and Cheese Evening and Art Auction (30th March), Charity Golf Tournament (25th November), Movie Premier (November) and Trinidad Yacht Club Party (13th October) to raise much needed funds for operational expenses, as well as counselling.
Mr Anthony Inglefield, Chairman of The Shelter, spoke of his profound gratitude for the donations from stakeholders, “as the demand for our services continue to increase, we greatly appreciate the support we’ve received from the government, corporate community and donors. We are also grateful to those who give supplies, volunteer their services and time to help us - every bit counts towards our continued success.”
“Architects Colvin Chen and Maureen Legge have volunteered their expertise to assist us in these renovations,” Inglefield added, “and we look forward to enhancing the services we provide to the women and children who look to us for support in their time of need.”
For more information please contact : 628-0861;
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