Harlow-based domestic abuse charity Safer Places receive cash boost from Freemasons

Charity / Fri 18th Sep 2020 at 08:39am

HARLOW- based domestic abuse charity, Safer Places, who work across Essex and Hertfordshire has been given a welcomed cash boost by local Freemasons. 

Members of Durolitium Lodge which meets in Loughton, Essex have donated £500 to the charity, who receive more than 3,000 calls of domestic abuse every year and provides refuge and support for women and children who have been forced to leave their homes.

The donation was made by members of Durolitium Lodge which included a grant from the Essex Freemasons Community Fund which will help Safer Places to fund their essential work.

Jayne Gentry, director of operations of Safer Places said: “The money is very welcome.

“The charity has been established for more than 40 years and sadly we continue to be as busy and proactive as ever.

“Safer Places exist to drive down the incidence and impact of domestic and sexual abuse and to support those who use our services in their journey to recovery, resilience and independence.”

Staff and volunteers at Safer Places are trained to provide support at the highest possible standard. They provide immediate help and advice to promote safety and reduction in risk of harm and longer term assistance to promote emotional recovery and practical help wherever it is needed to enable planning for a safer future.

Charles Elliott, assistant provincial grand master for Essex Freemasons, said: “There are hundreds of small charities like this in every part of the County. They are vital to the needs of the local community and this is where we are trying to aim our support.

“The work of Safer Places cannot be underestimated, particularly in these difficult times and I am pleased it has the support of our members.”

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