A donation from the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity to Thanet’s Oasis Domestic Abuse Service will improve the prospects for young people staying in their refuge.
£1,000 was presented to Oasis at their shop in Margate Old Town on Wednesday 29th April by local Freemasons representing the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity (CEKFC). The Cornwallis charity supports those who are vulnerable and in need, helping children and young adults reach their full potential.
Presenting the cheque, Peter Rodd, one of the trustees of CEKFC said: “Oasis provides a crucial service to the community, working tirelessly to make people safe and show them that there can be a light at the end of the tunnel. We are truly inspired by the Oasis team and support they give to families who are fleeing violence.”
Women and children that go to stay in the Oasis refuge when they are high risk victims of domestic abuse and it is not safe for them to remain in their own homes; it is a truly traumatic and upsetting time in their lives. 70% of the residents in the Oasis refuge are children and they are often the forgotten victims of domestic abuse.
Hazel Eddy from Oasis said, “These children have often witnessed their mothers being abused and some have also been victims of abuse themselves. They arrive with few belongings far away from other family and friends so it is a huge change. Our top priority is the safety of the families we support, and we try to make the transition to their new lives free from violence as smooth as possible and to help them deal with the traumas they have experienced. One way we help these children deal with their trauma is by providing support in a safe environment where they can work through their emotions.”
Hazel continued, “At Oasis we aim to support the whole person, not merely remove them from danger, and this is essential to putting a stop to the cycle of violence. Additional services like this receive no central funding so support from groups like Cornwallis and the wider general public support are vital for us to deliver this positive life changing work. This fund will go a long way in supporting the children staying with us through their journey to recovery and has given these children a chance to be children.”
If you or someone you know is ever in immediate danger call the police on 999 and in a non-emergency call 101. You can also call the 24hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327. To find out more about Oasis Domestic Abuse Service please visit www.oasisdaservice.org.