13th February 2019 by Neil Barnes
Women living in a domestic abuse refuge in York are benefitting from a new weekly workshop run by IDAS thanks to a grant from Benenden Health.
IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services) provide shelter and specialist support for anyone experiencing or affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence. Many of the women they support suffer from depression and anxiety and can struggle to engage in support available. Thanks to a grant from Benenden Health, IDAS can now offer a series of sessions where women can socialise, make gifts for family members, learn new skills and try things they wouldn’t normally be able to.
A spokesperson for IDAS said: “We are able to create a safe space for them to come and focus on themselves, ultimately improving their mental health and enabling them to move successfully on from the refuge and live independently”.
Emma Keef from Benenden Health said “We are delighted to be able to help IDAS in the valuable work they do. The proposed sessions will have a real impact on the lives of the women and their families and really fits with our organisation’s purpose to improve the nation’s health”.
The weekly sessions have now begun with making bath bombs, with more wellbeing activities to follow.
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