Neill & Brown supports Winner, Preston Road Women’s Centre.
Being part of Hull has always been at the heart of what we do so to help commemorate our landmark 100th year we chose to support two local charities. We spoke to Ann from the Preston Road Women’s Centre, one of our chosen charities.
Name: Ann Clarkson
Job title: Centre Coordinator
A little bit about yourself…
I’m from Hull and have worked at the women’s centre for 8 years. It’s a place where no two days are ever the same, some of the challenges the women and children we work with face are massive, but the experience of seeing a family come out the other side is amazing.
HULL: The redevelopment of the Fruit Market area is incredible. It’s within walking distance of where I live; it’s great to see the area flourishing again.
MUSIC: As a teenager I loved David Bowie initially in his Ziggy Stardust era, but before that I also remember his Laughing Gnome single; he wasn’t known as David Bowie then. I’m still a fan of his music now.
HOBBY: I inherited a love of horses from my dad who used to work with them on farms when he was a boy. It’s sometimes an expensive hobby but I’ve had so much enjoyment from them over the years I wouldn’t be without a horse now.
FOOD: You can’t beat a good roast dinner with all the trimmings
SPORT: Plenty of fresh air and exercise from the horse riding
Anne tells us more about the Preston Road Women’s Centre:
In Hull 25,000 women & 18,000 children are affected by domestic abuse.
In England and Wales 2 women are killed every week by a current or former partner.
On average, a woman is assaulted 35 times before her first call to the police.
Women and children are often forced to leave their homes in fear of abuse.
Our charity, ‘Winner, the Preston Road Women’s Centre Ltd’ (registered charity number 1106884), also known as Purple House was established on Preston Road in 1999. We started in a room in a disused school to provide a safe space for women to access support, education, training and volunteering opportunities. Currently we offer support to around 5500 women and children per year who come to us with a range of issues, often experiencing domestic abuse.
Our location in the centre of East Hull means that our services are accessed by families from all areas of the city. Families living in the rural areas of East Yorkshire lying to the east of Hull, including Hornsea and Withernsea, also utilise our services, as we are easily accessible by bus routes coming into the city.
‘Winner’ offers holistic support to women and children in Hull to enable them to have the best possible quality of life and to make the most of life chances available to them. We offer safe, accessible services and activities that meet immediate practical needs, emotional health needs and empowerment to make informed choices allowing them to reach their full potential.
Typically, women access the centre at a point of crisis in their lives often whilst suffering from domestic violence and abuse.
• Specialist Domestic Violence and Abuse support
• Specialist Nursery childcare provision
• Young Women’s support project
• Safe dispersed accommodation
• Affordable Justice (Family law firm offering affordable legal services)
• Comprehensive Volunteering programme
• Accredited training opportunities
• Community shop
• User-led groups, e.g. our Art Therapy group
If you want to do your bit to help this worthwhile Hull-based cause – click here to donate