The Cassandra Learning Centre is a registered charity. It was set up after the tragic murder of Cassandra McDermott by her ex-boyfriend. Cassandra was 19 years old.
The Cassandra McDermott case and family made legal history in 2009, by being the first case to be tired after the change in law in 2005 of the 800 yr old legal principle that anyone acquitted by a jury could not be retried even if new evidence was uncovered. The success was initiated after new and compelling evidence could be produced and the case re-opened and brought to the Court of Appeals to overturn
Cassandra Learning Centre is a charity based in London providing support to young people and families who have experienced domestic abuse. We also raise awareness of domestic abuse especially which young people and educate both young men and women about the risks and signs of domestic abuse/violence and to offer much needed support to those in need of assistance. We do this by doing workshops in schools and colleges and running workshops. Our London center provides a safe haven for those seeking help and advice on domestic abuse and many other things.
If it hurts, it isn't love
Courses and workshops for young people:
- Case work support for young people
- Referrals depending on need
- Risk Assessments
- Drop in sessions
- Mentoring sessions
- Coffee and chat mornings
- Women's Circle
- Homework hub
- Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - Keeping Safe
- Workshops in schools, colleges, prisons and other settings
The centre is located in Norbury, South West London. It consists of two floors. We are fortunate that we have this space to enable us to deliver our activities. It enables us to support by hiring out this space to well vetted events (with the nature of our charity we have to be extremely careful).
Our aim is to help support as many as we can, and we need help in order to do this.
We are a small team of Trustees and volunteers. The need of a full-time member of staff is required in order for us to deliver this support. Our goal is to raise £50,000 of which £27,000 would be used to pay for a years wage for a full time manager / fundraiser and the remainder towards the services we provide and upkeep of our building.
Your funding will help with :-
- Heating and lighting of our building
- Security (installation and upkeep)
- Payment of professional practitioners who help deliver our programs
- IT costs
- Sensory equipment
- Workshop equipment
- Telephony services (mobile phones for out of hours contact)
- Kitchen on the 2nd floor
We have recently celebrated 10 years and had a fabulous evening event held at City Hall. Our Patron Nazir Afzal OBEwas one our key speakers as well as Jayne Senior MBE. There were performances by the Brit School and many others. More details of our event can be found on our website / video .
Please help us achieve our goal.
Cassandra Learning Centre