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Breaking News ! During the coronavirus pandemic, the Manchester Evening News has joined forces with the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity to raise money for the most vulnerable people in our region. The Covaid-19 appeal has now passed the £70,000 mark - thanks to your generosity. All money raised will be used to offer support through local charities. To find out more and donate, visit here. Here, we speak to Manchester's Women's Aid, one of the charities that benefits from the fund, to find out the vital work they do. They are often dealing with some of the most vulnerable members of society. Women fleeing their homes, often to escape violent, abusive partners, would have had nowhere else to turn if not for the invaluable work of Manchester's Women's Aid. The charity provides support for domestic abuse survivors, including safe and confidential temporary accommodation, play services, advice and support, dedicated case workers and support groups. Elaine De Fries, from Manchester Women’s Aid, explains how women suffering from, and at risk of, domestic violence have been affected during the coronavirus pandemic. She said: “The issue that Covid-19 has had is that normally we can speak to women outside their homes where often the perpetrator is present, but that hasn’t been possible. Read More Related Articles Sign up for the MEN's free daily newsletter Read More Related Articles Covaid-19: Huge donation will help vulnerable families and people across Greater Manchester “The number of high risk cases has massively escalated. Normally 2.3 women a week are killed [in the UK] but it’s at just over three now, so people are trapped in with a perpetrator in a really high pressure situation.” “Women in extreme poverty have been further trapped, and at much more risk. “Under normal circumstances, even if the woman is totally isolated and not allowed to leave, at least the perpetrator leaves but the perpetrator can’t leave.” Despite lockdown measures relaxing, Elaine said people “have less money and things are expensive”. “We provide PPE but our clients often rely on public transport and are uncertain of booking schedules. “A lot of women we support don’t have a car and have to use public transport so they are more at risk, especially if they have other underlying health conditions, which a lot of our service users do have. “And of course, PPE isn’t free.” She continued: “I would say 60 to 70 per cent of our clients at Manchester Women’s Aid are BAME and there are lots of reasons for that, some of it’s around poverty, lack of access to finances and not having English as a first language.
. “As restrictions lift our BAME women are confused about whether they should shield as advice is difficult to find in community languages.” Case Study One woman Manchester Women’s Aid helped had moved to supported accommodation outside Manchester with her one-year-old daughter but faced difficulties as a result of lockdown restrictions. Her alleged perpetrator was an ex-intimate partner, and she had experienced physical and sexual abuse. Lockdown restrictions had meant she was unable to meet her sister, who she has a close relationship with, as often she would like. She also wanted to meet new people through groups as she said she felt isolated at times, but understood the difficulty of attending community groups during the pandemic.
Covaid-19 - helping those who need it most in Greater Manchester
The coronavirus outbreak has left many people across Greater Manchester struggling for access to food, basics and other support. Many of them are self-isolating, often in fragile health and alone. Public services have been working hard to find and help them, but we know they are over-stretched and working round the clock. So the Manchester Evening News and the Greater Manchester Mayor's Charity have launched Covaid-19 - a fundraiser aimed at supporting those who most need help, from elderly people with no support network to homeless families living in hotels. The money will be distributed via the mayor of Greater Manchester's charity. You can donate by visiting our JustGiving page here.
The woman was also concerned her daughter’s social development may be delayed due to lack of interaction with others under Covid-19 restrictions. The woman also felt she would feel more socially integrated if she lived in Manchester, so the charity supported her to access her details and spoke to her about the process of bidding on properties. As part of Women’s Aid’s First 1,000 Days service, which supports parents of children from conception to 2-years-old, the charity offered weekly emotional support sessions aiming to reduce social isolation. Women’s Aid were able to give her emotional support on the telephone, resources for child support and mother baby bonding and housing support. How you can donate All money raised through Covaid-19 will be used to support the region’s most vulnerable people, including elderly people with no support network, people with health conditions, those fleeing domestic violence, rough sleepers, people struggling with caring for others, workers who have lost their jobs and families pushed onto the breadline. To find out more and donate, visit here. Any amount you can spare, no matter how big or small, is helping to make a huge difference. All the money raised will be distributed via the mayor of Greater Manchester Mayor’s charity.
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