madudu Black and Minority Ethnic specialist Women’s Refuge are pleased to announce that we have secured funding for the next 5 years following successful procurement with the Liverpool City Council. This enables us to continue to deliver vital lifesaving services for women and their children.
Beverley Williams – Chair of Amadudu said on behalf of the Board.
“Myself and the Trustees of Amadudu are delighted to confirm that we have secured funding for the future of the refuge service. We have been awarded 5 years grant with potential for an additional 2-years funding.
We are very pleased that at strategic level Domestic abuse and the impact on women from Black and Minority Ethnic communities and need for continued services has been recognised.
This funding provides a vital service for women and children. It has provided security, and a platform for future growth and sustainability, providing new employment, volunteering and training opportunities. We are particularly happy that our services to meet children’s needs will be enhanced too.
The past 2 years have been exceptionally hard for the refuge staff team, as demand on our services increased significantly during Covid. Covid impacted on many personal levels for our service users, staff, and Board members. Despite the challenges including changes in Management and revised staff roles, our dedicated team have worked over and above and continued to deliver excellent services.
The Board have worked very hard to develop and drive the new vision for Amadudu’s future working with the Local Authority and our Landlord Sanctuary Housing. The Board members adopted a range of supportive roles throughout Covid for the staff team to ensure our services for women continued with minimum disruption. I thank the Board for their passion, knowledge and skills, support and continued commitment to Amadudu. I want to thank our supporters at Imkaan and wider Domestic Abuse services who continued to support us.
Amadudu Refuge Manager Jacqueline Fray was appointed in 2021 and has worked diligently with the Board over the past 2 years to review and re-shape our service delivery plan, communication and data monitoring systems, and supporting our organisation and funding strategy. Jacqui is providing excellent leadership for our dedicated, resilient, and experienced staff team and volunteers who we commend for their passion and pride in their work.”
Refuge Manager Jacqui says:
“I am delighted with our award of a 5-year contract with additional 2-year funding, enabling us to continue developing and providing such a vital specialised service to women and children from Black and Ethnic Minority communities.
I am looking forward to working with our local domestic abuse services. I am representing Amadudu at the Liverpool Domestic Abuse Strategy group, and work closely with our national network of Sistas dedicated to the eradication of violence against women and girls and reshaping of policies that impact on women and children from Black and Ethnic Minority communities.
I would like to thank Amadudu’s Board, staff and volunteers for their continued support, dedication, and commitment to challenging barriers faced by women and children from Black and Ethnic Minority communities when accessing agencies encountered through their journey to lives free of domestic violence and abuse.
I would also like to thank our stakeholders, funding bodies and donors, for their continued valuable support of Amadudu and the women and children at refuge.
The Board are looking forward to continuing to our work and partnerships with our local community, and statutory services to ensure we meet the wider Violence Against Women and Girls strategies, both local and nationally.
We are very excited to continue with the work and provide the support necessary for women and children as the only BME refuge provider in the Liverpool City Region. We want to thank all the Sista’s who have been supportive in this process.