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Inverness Women’s Aid has received funding to freshen up its building

By Imogen James

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The communal areas have been freshened up.
The communal areas have been freshened up.

The charity provides support to women, children and young people across the area who have been affected by domestic abuse with a range of services including 24-hour support, dedicated advice on legal, housing and safety issues, group counselling, tailored one-to-one support and temporary accommodation.

The £5000 grant from B&Q Foundation has been used to repaint and freshen up communal areas in the temporary accommodation for people in the local area.

Inverness Women’s Aid manager Elaine Fetherston said: “We were delighted to receive B&Q Foundation’s funding and have used it to repaint rooms in all of the seven self-contained flats in our supported accommodation.

“The upkeep of our accommodation is a constant challenge, and the turnover of residents can cause high levels of wear and tear in the flats.

“Our residents have lived with traumatic domestic abuse situations and being able to provide them with a comfortable and attractive environment is vital to their recovery. Having the opportunity to freshen up the flats will make a huge difference to the wellbeing of the families who stay with us.”

Paul Crisp, trustee of the B&Q Foundation, added: “At the B&Q Foundation, we believe everyone needs a place to feel at home. So, we’re putting our efforts behind local charities who share our vision – helping to create better, safer places for the people in our communities who need them most.

“Inverness Women’s Aid perfectly embodies these values, and it gives us all at the Foundation great pleasure to support them.”

The B&Q Foundation has awarded grants totalling over £2 million to charities across the UK since launching in June 2020.

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