Local investment firm steps up to help Sheffield mums
One mother’s struggle to rebuild her life and protect her child after an abusive relationship has led her to set up a charity in Sheffield.
Mums In Need (MIN) supports women who have left abusive relationships with the parent of their children. The charity provides advice and access to services to mums, who often don’t know where to turn.
The Mums In Need centre is a safe space, providing a warm welcome to mums and facilities for kids. Their services include one to one therapy sessions, guidance for dealing with family courts, and physical support groups.
According to the Office of National Statistics, 1.2 million women experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2017 alone, in England and Wales. Laura Riley set up MIN after she was left unsupported following the abuse and during the years of legal battle for custody of her son.
“My own experiences made me want to help other mothers”
She said: “My own experiences have given me the drive to help other mothers who are going through similar experiences. Anyone is at risk of domestic abuse, no matter their background or circumstances and we know that many cases of abuse go unreported. Our aim is to reach the ‘hidden woman’ who needs that helping hand.
“Some of our team members have experienced domestic abuse first hand and have come out the other side, whilst other have worked in this area for sometime. Because of this, we have the experience and understanding to best help women who are taking those first steps away from abusive relationships.”
Investec’s helping hand
Sheffield has welcomed the new service, which is being widely supported. Grant making charity South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF) provided grant funding to the charity, thanks to the commitment of local wealth management firm, Investec Wealth & Investment, to help local people.
Investec Wealth and Investment also recently funded Sheffield Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre and Light Sheffield. Financial Advisor at the firm, Laura Atkins visited Mums In Need to see the impact of their work first hand.
She said: “After spending time with ladies at Mums In Need and listening to the work they have done and the help they are providing, we are thrilled to support such an important charity.”
Giving back to Sheffield
South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation is a well-established charity and supports community groups and charities in need of grant support to keep up their good work. The charity has distributed over £27 million in grant awards since it was founded and is a trusted partner for all types of donors.
CEO of SYCF, Ruth Willis said: “Many local businesses want to give back to the communities they work in and employ their staff from, in a charitable way. We have worked closely with Investec over the years to enable them to give back to Sheffield and their fund with us is the reason we have able to give grant funding to Mums In Need and many other charitable organisations too.”
Ladies Fashion Event
Mums In Need will be holding a Ladies Fashion Event on 14th June at the Copthorne Hotel Sheffield, to raise money to fund counselling and legal support for their clients. To get tickets go to: www.mumsinneed.com/events/