LWA Befriending Service

by Living Without Abuse in Leicestershire, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th December 2021 we successfully raised £2,278 ( + est. £217.75 Gift Aid ) with 27 supporters in 49 days

We are looking for funds to continue our Befriending project, to help provide support for those suffering domestic abuse or sexual violence.

by Living Without Abuse in Leicestershire, United Kingdom

Who we are

We are Living Without Abuse, a domestic abuse and sexual violence charity that covers Leicester City, Leicestershire and Rutland - last year we supported 2,699 adults and 2,228 children. We provide a helpline, 121 counselling, group support, education programmes for schools, practical advice about leaving an abusive situation, play therapy for children affected by abuse, programmes for teenagers and much more. You can find out more about us on our website: www.lwa.org.uk

1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives and with the lockdown there has been a massive increase of domestic abuse in all its forms (physical, emotional, mental, financial etc) - our charities work is more vital than ever.  

What is our Befriending Service?

Our Befriending Service was set up during the first lockdown to provide emotional support those who are waiting for other support.  Unfortunately due to case load sometimes we can't see Service Users straight away, so the Befriending Service is key to keeping in contact with them and providing a friendly, understanding, non-judgemental listening ear. 

The Befriending Service supports adults, both male and female, who have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence. We support service users who are currently on the waiting list for other LWA services or those who have finished services within LWA. At any one time, our Befrienders will support between 50 – 60 clients. Since the service started in May 2020, we have received over 400 referrals to date.

The Befriending Service is invaluable to those who access it as it offers much needed emotional support and a chance for service users to ‘offload’. The service is essential in helping to support service users who are waiting for another service as it allows them to keep in contact with our service and helps them to feel supported. Our Befrienders are also able to establish if there is any increased risk with service users, which can be reported to the relevant service. As such, we can allocate a worker more quickly to service users where their level of risk has increased. This allows us to ensure that service users’ safety is dealt with in a timely manner.

Here are some of things that service users have said about the Befriending Service:⁠

- They were very helpful, and it was nice to have someone to check on you⁠
- The call were good, encouraging and someone to talk to. Exceptional service⁠
- The service was brilliant, very grateful. Thank you⁠


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

2 of 9 claimed

£10 Reward

Together We Can End Violence Against Women Badge

£15 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£15 Reward

6 Christmas Cards designed by children supported by LWA

£20 or more

1 of 20 claimed

£20 Reward

LWA 'In a world where you can be anything, be kind" canvas bag & a copy of the Feel Good Guide

£25 or more

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£25 Reward

Entry to Galentines's Day Market (12th Feb), Canvas Bag & Glass of Fizz on the day

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Entry into one of our events in 2022 - Burns Night Supper, Galentine's Day Market, Loughborough Colour Run, Loughborough Half Marathon, Coalville 5km Fun Run (Limited number per event, first come first served). Canvas bag and End Violence Against Women badge.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Special thank you from LWA Together we can end violence against women badge Canvas Bag Feel Good Guide Christmas Cards Entry into one of our 2022 events - Burns Night, Galentine's Day Market, Loughborough Half Marathon, Loughborough Colour Run, Coalville 5km

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