Women’s Aid Monmouthshire Receives Over £1000 from Society

1 June 2015


The Society recently launched the Community Acorn Fund, a £25,000 funding pool spread across its entire branch and agency network, to mark the achievement of a major financial milestone - one billion pounds in assets.

Hundreds of community groups applied for funding, and the Society is pleased to announce that the first recipient is Women’s Aid Monmouthshire, based in Abergavenny, who have been awarded £1,380 to fund three mentors for an entire year, ten mentor starter packs and a digital camera.

Women’s Aid Monmouthshire is the leading domestic abuse agency in Monmouthshire, providing practical and emotional support and refuge to women and children who are experiencing domestic abuse, or have experienced domestic abuse in the past. They provide services throughout Monmouthshire, including Abergavenny, Monmouth, Caldicot and Chepstow as well as surrounding rural communities.

No one should live with domestic abuse, and Women’s Aid Monmouthshire seek to challenge it in all of its forms by offering support, information and refuge, and by raising awareness in the community through education, training, publicity and liaising with other agencies.

Monmouthshire Building Society Chief Executive, Andrew Lewis, commented: “The Community Acorn Fund allowed our customers and communities to play an active role in our celebrations, and gave us the opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks to our members who have helped the Society reach this landmark financial position. I’m thrilled to see that such a deserving charity has received this donation from the Society since they offer such crucial services right in the very heart of our communities.”

Women’s Aid Project Co-Ordinator, Alice Lilley, explained how important mentors are to their project by meeting children for two to three hours a week over the course of a year for activities such as sports, visits to museums and arts and crafts.

She said: "Mentoring can have a really positive impact. Some of these boys don't have any positive male role models, and it affects their behaviour at school and at home. Receiving over £1,000 from Monmouthshire Building Society has been a welcome boost and will fund three mentors for a year as well as providing essential equipment that will have a significant impact on so many people’s lives.”

She continued: “With funding levels being as tight as they are, we’re incredibly grateful for the support we receive from local businesses, but we’re also in desperate need of more mentors for young people. If you’d be interested in becoming a mentor then visit www.waimon.org.uk or call 01873 859 011 and hopefully we can affect even more positive change in the lives of young people in and around Monmouthshire.”

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